|REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask|
Here's a product that lots of people love that just does nothing for me. REN claims that its REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask($55) "removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion, skin looks brighter,
healthier, more radiant, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and combats congestion,
blackheads and blemishes." I've been using this product for three weeks and have seen none of these outcomes.
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask is positioned as an all-natural alternative to chemical alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliants. It contains extracts from papaya, lemon, pineapple, grape, and passionfruit intended to exfoliate skin and brighten the complexion. Unfortunately, I ended up with irritated skin instead of radiant skin.
I'm not sure if the redness, blotchiness and breakouts I suffered after using REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask were caused by the fruit extracts or from other, nonactive ingredients. A glance down the ingredients list shows that this product contains many citrus oils, which are known to cause skin irritation. REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask also uses a bergamot water base, which can damage cells and increase skin sensitivity to light. Even though this mask is marketed as a gentle option for sensitive skin, I think most people should steer clear of this potentially damaging product.
In addition to doing nothing for my skin, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Peel Mask is expensive. I was lucky enough to try this product as a sample from my friend Tammy at Makeup Wishes, so I'm quite glad I did not waste my money. I've had far better luck with exfoliants such as Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion and Brazilian Peel. If you'd still prefer a plant-based option, I've found that Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator is a truly gentle product that actually leaves skin softer and more radiant.