Ever since I disclosed my secret love for orange (here and here), I figured we might as well continue the theme for the week and go over one of my favorite orange-scented, pore-degunking masks from a brand I’ve been loving for a few years now: Ren!
Ren’s Glycolactic Radience Renewal Mask is a staple in my beauty wardrobe. I just finished my bottle and will be ordering another one (because that’s how staples work) to have for my at-home mask treatments.
I turn to this mask when my skin is feeling a little blah; think dullness, post-travel, poor weather conditions or during times when I just need to feel a little brighter both in my mind and in the mirror. It’s also a gem at unplugging blackheads and easing congestion.
You will either love or hate the texture of this mask. It’s a bit gelatinous, yet has enough hold to it that it’s almost like a smooth paste.
The pump bottle dispenses the product in a thick, almost toothpaste-like line, and you can coat your skin in a thick layer of orange goodness (lightly colored orange and definitely smells orange) before relaxing for a full 10-15 minutes.
Here’s what’s inside:
Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Bergamot Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Black Currant Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract Lemon Fruit Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Grape Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Cranberry Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Papaya Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Orange Flower Oil, Mandarin Orange Peel Oil, Tangerine Peel Oil, Grapefruit Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tocopherol
As you can see from the ingredients list, it’s not too shabby, though it does contain sketchy preservative phenoxyethanol and the catch-all “fragrance.”
However, I’m willing to live with this. My general rule is to keep my exposure to not-so-great ingredients to a minimum, doing a double-take at those that score above “5″ on the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database.
A note to sensitive-skin beauties: You should be careful with this mask. It does tingle a bit upon application, but my skin is a beast and can handle a little extra “oomph.” You should proceed with caution (patch test!) with this baby.
Have you tried Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask or anything else from the line? What is your “number” when it comes to potentially harmful ingredients and the Skin Deep Database? Tell me in the comments section!