Thursday, 27 September 2012

Skincare: REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate.

REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate♦ £30. 30ml.
I had been hearing more and more about the wonder of chemical exfoliants in the bloggersphere and although at first I was a bit 'ooh I'm not sure I like the sound of a product like that' I'm so happy I got the opportunity to give one a try. I've been using the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate on a regular basis for a little while now and this little bottle of wonder is a skin care miracle, it really is.

I'm far from being a skin care expert but in a nutshell, the combination of all the acids within this product promote skin cell turnover, gently exfoliating the skin and in return this leaves your skin looking more radiant, even and smooth. If I were to describe the results I've had from this in one word, that word would be wow. Stupidly I didn't take detailed photographs before and after using this because I wasn't expecting to notice such a huge difference, but I'm going to have a dig around my recent photographs and see if I can find any that highlight the difference!

I believe there are two ways you can use this; you can either use it every night after cleansing for a week and then take a 2 week break or you can use it every other night, again on freshly cleansed skin. I've been using it pretty much every other night, so around 3 to 4 times per week, applying one pipette of product to my face & neck and I began to notice results quite quickly.

Before I had a lot of redness, particularly on my cheeks, forehead and chin which I've had ever since I banished my acne around three years ago. I also had a lot of tiny blemishes, again mainly on my chin and also on my nose that I just couldn't budge as well as a lot of dryness. Now my skin tone is so much more even, I still have a bit of redness on my cheeks and around my nose but it's about a million times better that it was before, and the redness on my forehead and chin is barely noticeable. My pores are smaller & my skin is a lot less dry than it was before. The Glycolic Acid helps to improve moisture retention so my days of flaky skin are pretty much completely in the past. This probably sounds ridiculous because I'm raving about it so much but I am currently so happy and confident with my skin, which is something I never would have thought I would say considering that three years ago my face was covered in acne. It's been a long journey and this product has worked absolute wonders.

I've found a couple of pictures that will hopefully somewhat show the difference in my skin. In the before picture I'm covered in make up; foundation, concealer, powder, blush - the works and my skin tone is super uneven and you can see some of the blemishes on my cheeks. In the after picture I'm just wearing the Maybelline BB cream and that's it!

For £30 you get 30ml of product and after a couple of months of use I would say I've used about a 5th of the bottle. So although it seems a little pricey, it will last a super long time & you're definitely getting your money's worth. One pipette full is the perfect amount of product to cover your face, neck & chest so I never feel like I'm wasting any. The packaging is lovely, the bottle is lightly frosted glass and doesn't feel cheap at all. One thing to note is that it's not recommended for sensitive skin. I would describe my skin as slightly sensitive, it can react to some products and become aggravated and sore but I haven't experienced any tingling or discomfort at all.

I'm currently using a few REN products in my routine and it's safe to say I'm hooked! There are no parabens, sulfates, mineral oils or anything nasty in their products and they are a brand that is against animal testing. I think I've found a new favourite skin care brand!

Have you ever tried any REN products before? 
xoxo

40 comments:

  1. I wonder how this compares to the Alpha H liquid gold stuff? I'm totally uneducated when it comes to beauty but as a fair skinned blonde I do have tricky skin with those red patches you seem to suffer from too - wondering whether to give this a whirl with birthday money next month! :-)

    Your skin certainly looks peachy and glowing!

    Jem xXx

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    1. I think they're pretty much the same thing & will do the same job! I've heard such amazing things about the Liquid Gold too, they're pricey but so worth it! ox

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  2. This looks amzing. Your skin looks great. Is it a bit like Alpha H Liquid Gold, where you dont apply moisturiser after use? x

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    1. I think with this one you can but I never do, so yes, they're very similar! xo

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  3. I absolutely love REN. Would love to give this ago but I'm currently using the Alpha H Liquid Gold, which is glygolic acid as well, and I love the results, too. (I use REN eye creams and cleanser, though, as well as some masks)

    The change on your skin is impressive, you must be thrilled!

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    1. I'm amazed! I'd love to try the liquid gold next, to see how they compare! REN is such a lovely brand, I'm obsessed right now! xo

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  4. your skin does look amazing. I am loving REN products at the moment and I think i'm going to treat myself to this now :) x

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  5. This looks brilliant! I'm also using the Alpha H liquid gold and loving it so much, these chemical exfoliants are amazing - I was a bit scared at first at the idea of putting acid on my face but the results are so worth it :) X

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  6. Your skins is amazing <3 It looks so softly. This is very good review, tho.
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  7. I've heard so much about REN, especially this particular product, and I really want to try it out now! I'm glad to hear that it helped with the redness and such - my skin is also very red from my acne and hearing you talk about it makes me want to try this even more!


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  8. it sounds amazing and your skin looks beautiful!

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  9. This look incridible! I deffo want to try is! :) Great post!

    XO,
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  10. Have you done a post on how you got rid of your acne? Would be good to know!

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    1. I didn't really do a lot, I think I just grew out of it! xo

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  11. My REN wishlist is getting longer and longer and this keeps getting pushed further to the top with every review I read! Brilliant review lady and your skin looks beautiful! x

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  12. Wow, I've seen a lot of reviews popping up for the REN skincare line. Safe to say, it looks like it works quite well! Your cheeks look like a baby's bottom, haha. I think I might have to give this a try! Thanks for the review :]

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  13. Your skin looks great in the after photo. It sounds like a wonderful product, but the price sounds just a tad too much :(
    If I see it in an offer though I think I'll snap it up!
    Daniella x

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    1. It's really worth it, it'll last at least 5 months with regular use! xo

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  14. Pay day tomorrow and I think this is going to be my first purchase!

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  15. it sounds amazing, can't believe the results are so impressive x
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  16. Your skin looks seriously glowingly beautiful! Sounds like a fabulous product, if you like then I sure must try it out too =P I always seem to be on the same page as you with products!

    xoxo Bree
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  17. I've not tried anything from REN but I am reading so many good things about this brand that I'm going to have to give it a try! xx

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    1. They're a really lovely brand! xo

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  18. I am so happy you've found something that works so well! I really think something as small as better skin can make such a difference to how we feel! I've heard nothing but good things about REN and can even see the difference in the photos- you look amazing! xx

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  19. There are so many Ren products I'm itching to try, and this one has now been added to the list! This sounds a lot like the Alpha H Liquid Gold that has been so raved about over the past few months, so I wonder which one is better.
    I'm really impressed with how well this has worked for you, you must be thrilled that's it made such a difference :)
    Mel x

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    1. I think the two are very similar. I'm not sure which is better, I think they both promise the same things. :) xo

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  20. This looks absolutely amazing!
    I have redness especially around my nose, and I really hate it.
    I'm currently suffering with a lot of hormonal outbreaks too. I've been using REN clearcalm. Although my skin loves the products - they feel very luxurious, but I haven't noticed a change in blemishes.

    Unsure whether to repurchase or not!

    x x x

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  21. Herrow
    I linked this in my post about this product because you inspired me to buy it and I love it!!
    Just to let you know! x

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