As you age, you try to take care of your skin as much as you can. You look for products that work and doesn't cost you an arm and a leg. Although this product might cost you half an arm, it's totally worth it! I am a fan of microdermabrasion and chemical peels done in professionally. These procedures are costing me lots of money. I am so happy to find this product. I got a sample from my Ipsy subscription. It sat for a long time in my bathroom drawer because I am so scared to try chemical peels/masks at home. The last time I had chemical peel, I reacted badly to glycolic acid so now I'm a bit wary of what I use on my face.
Few weeks ago, I was having bad breakouts and I was trying to do some spot treatment on my pimples and whiteheads. Even my go to acne clearing gel didn't help. I finally took a chance and use this mask. What a result! With just one use, my pimples had gone down and my skin was bright and soft after rinsing.
I am planning on buying a full size bottle of this mask. It is available at Sephora for $68.
The scent is a bit citrusy and not overwhelming. I was expecting that it will sting a little while it was on my face but it actually didn't. It is very easy to use. Just apply on clean face, leave for 10 minutes and wipe with warm, damp cloth and you can rinse it with warm water too.
I have already used it 3 times as I am writing this review and I am so excited to get this as a part of my weekly skin care routine.
I LOVE this stuff. I started off with a deluxe sample size, then a travel size and then started buying the full size. Is it pricey? Yup. Is it worth it? If you're looking for a chemical exfoliator and don't have sensative skin and want something with noticeable results after only ten minutes - YES.
My skin was looking dull despite using microdermabrasion scrubs and glycolic acid moisturer. My skin texture just wasn't smooth and even this winter and I thought I'd try something new. Note: I DO NOT have sensitive skin - if you do, or if you haven't use glycolic acid products before, this might irritate and the the tingling may be too intense. Also, if you have had hair removal on your face in the past day or so, skip it.
It smells strongly of citrus and has a slightly grainy gel/paste consistency. Spread it over your clean face (and neck if you want) and make sure you don't get close to eyes. Wait ten minutes. It will tingle and feel warm - that is normal. Now, normally when a mask or treatment says 10 or 20 minutes, I leave it on quite a bit longer in hopes of getting more noticeable results. DON'T do this. Really - ten minutes is all you need. Also, REN says to use a "generous amount" but I usually only need about a quarter-sized squirt if I'm not doing my neck.
Rinse it off with a wet cloth. Pat your face dry. You'll notice the brightness and increase in radiance right away (it might be a little more pink than usual depending on how aggressively your removed it and how sensitive your skin is. That will go away, but the brightness will remain.) Whenever I use it, I feel like I look so fresh-faced and I can barely stop myself from touching my silky skin. I look forward to Sunday night every week when I can use it again!
This is REN's description of the product: "A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone. A cocktail of four AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) including glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape create multiaction exfoliation. It lifts dead skin and resurfaces to dramatically improve skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance, while minimizing the appearance of pores and reducing sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and old acne scars."
Personally, I'm less interested in what is in it than what it does for my skin. It's pure magic for me. I'm glad I bumped up from my usual glycolic acid moisturizer. I really find it makes a noticeable difference right away. Two thumbs up!
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