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Monday, May 13, 2019

REN Clean Skincare: Radiance Perfection Serum and Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream Review

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Not Sponsored: Its no secret REN Clean Skincare is MY FAVORITE skincare. It's cruelty free, has none of the nasties (parabens, sulphates, silicones etc.), their packaging is environmentally friendly & recyclable. IT WORKS for my dry, sensitive and sometimes reactive skin. Last year, I tried a plethora of other skincare brands. Some came really close (IT Cosmetics, Lumene, Mad Hippie) but nothing beat REN. My skin just really loves it. I've reviewed a number of their products in the past here, here and here. REN has come out with even MORE products since I've "been away". They had a sale a couple of months ago. I placed a big order, and I would like to review what I purchased with you this week.

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REN Clean Skincare | Radiance Perfection Serum - Sweet
I'm on a Vitamin C skincare kick you guys! REN has a RADIANCE collection. Their Radiance collection has products in it that have natural AHA's for brighter, glowing skin. The REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask I tried in 2017 was excellent, but was a little strong for my skin. Despite that, I still wanted to try more products from this collection. The REN Radiance Perfection Serum (Selfridges, Net A Porter, Bloomingdales) states its formulated to combat dull, tired skin. Its formulated to give your skin luminosity, minimize pores, make your skin brighter, smooth, more energized and also even out your skin-tone. I love the light citrus-y scent of this serum. The scent is soft and pleasing to the nose. The serum is lightweight & creamy. It feels really good as you rub it into your skin. As you're rubbing it in, it "froths" up (as if you're activating the formula). I like that, because it proves its working. It's not sticky, greasy or oily. It sinks into the skin quickly (dries super fast). Your skin is left with a beautiful natural glow and is soft to the touch. The natural Bio Actives in this serum are Licorice Extract (helps soothe the skin), Vitamin C from Corn (helps brighten skin and fight harmful free radicals from pollution) and Wild Canadian Rumex (helps even skin tone and reduce the visibility of age spots and sun damage). REN also states your results will be plumped skin, lightened pigmentation, and your skin will feel hydrated & energized. My results after using it for about a month now has been naturally looking glowing skin and energized skin. This serum is lightly moisturizing. I love the effects the serum gives my skin, but if you have dry skin you will definitely need to add a moisturizer (but nearly all serums are that way!). Plumping? Just a little. Expect this serum to feel great on your face. Expect a natural glow & luminosity. Its a great pick me up in the morning. It doesn't conflict with your makeup. I've even tried it overnight (woke up with luminous skin). I really love this product. Its not harsh and makes my skin look glow-y and healthy. I also love that its not sticky (some vitamin c products are sticky). Its also very gentle. I haven't witnessed any pigmentation lightening so far. I will continue to use it, but I think that takes more time.

REN Clean Skincare | Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream - Sweet 
I always like to pair serums with a moisturizer. I was happy to see that REN had one in the Radiance collection (to pair with REN Radiance Perfection Serum above). The promises for this moisturizer are hydrated, illuminated skin and reduction in hyperpigmentation, fine lines & wrinkles. "Vitamin C and Magnesium will help to smooth and re-energize skin's look for the perfect glow." The natural Bio-Actives are Tara Pod Extract (helps even skin), Vitamin C (illuminates the complexion) and Magnesium (nourishes skin). This moisturizer paired with the serum above gave my skin a really healthy, natural glow. My skin looked beautiful. Is it moisturizing? Its very lightweight and not enough for my dry skin. So I would have to add a second moisturizer to this one. I think this moisturizer would be perfect for all other skin types. Its really good. I love what it does for my skin. I love the soft citrus-y scent. But my dry skin does require more moisture. I love REN's Ultra Moisture Day Cream. I could pair it with it. It's still a great product. Just like with the serum, I didn't see a reduction in hyperpigmentation or a lot of hydration. My fine lines looked better and I had a glow.

In conclusion, these two products are very good! The other vitamin c product that really impressed me was Fresh's Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream. It gave my skin a wonderful natural glow as well (but not a lot of moisture, as with the REN). So both brands are about equal. I just ordered the Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Boosting Face Mask to try. So I will let you know my thoughts when I receive it. I also want to try Mad Hippie's Vitamin C Serum. I loved their Vitamin A Serum. Drunk Elephant's Vitamin C is good, but STICKY (it dries down)! But I love Fresh & REN more.

There are some other Radiance and Vitamin C products I would like to try from REN: Micro Polish Cleanser, Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial. REN also has a Flash Rinse 1 Minute (Vitamin C) Facial.  When I do, I will definitely let you know my thoughts. I hope this review helps you and if you have any questions, contact me on Twitter.

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