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Showcase: Clean Skin With REN



A little while ago, I had the opportunity to get a closer look at REN Skincare at Escentials. I've never used anything from REN save a couple of the shower products from the Morrocan Rose range

REN means "clean" in Swedish (and they later found out that it also means "honourable endeavour" in Chinese) and both these terms encapsulate what REN's skincare line stands for - a committment to delivering products born out of new technology, effective and sophisticated and yet, free from all skin unfriendly ingredients. Every REN product has a label on it that reminds the consumer what the product is free from:


REN has neatly categorised and colour-coded it's skincare range into 2 large categories - Skin Types  and Skin Concerns

Under Skin Types, there are 5 sub-categories:

So depending on which skintype you have, you can narrow down your choices to that particular range

Products with Grey labels can be used by All Skin Types, Blue labels are meant for Normal Skin Types while the Mustard-Green labels are for those with Combination Skin.

It also has 3 sub-categories with products dealing with specific skin concerns such as Radiance, Anti-Ageing and Blemish Prone.

The products with Orange labels are often geared towards exfoliating and radiance-revealing

You can find out about the entire range of REN skincare products HERE



To get the best use out of the products, the key is to not only pick the correct products for your skintype and skin concern but to use it in an effective way. Rui Branco, REN's Director of Education, demonstrated a cleansing and soothing skincare ritual, with emphasis on facial massage and lymphatic drainage.

Remember, upwards and outwards is the key to a lifted visage!


I got to play around with some of the products and let me share with you a couple that caught my eye. 

I didn't manage to snap a picture but the cleansing gel in the Combination range looked and felt great - the Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel which is an anti-bacterial formula to for skin prone to oiliness and breakouts in the T-zone (how about the U-zone?)


The No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm is another interesting product ...

The thick, greasy looking balm feels more like a soft butter and starts to breakdown the moment you spread it out. In the collage below, you can see how emollient it looks (#2) and when water touches it (#3 and #4), it emulsifies into a milk. I was taken by how pleasant it smelt and how comfortable and soft skin felt post-cleansing - no greasy feeling at all.


A couple of products from the Radiance range also piqued my interest - the Glycoatic Radiance Renewal Mask (orange label pictured below) and the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate.

I have a personal liking for such products - I find that continuous usage of products with AHAs, Glycolic Acids and so on (of course, within a safe concentration) really helps my skin - I deal with minor breakouts around the chin, nose (and sometimes the neck!) as well as uneven skintone - coupled with useless sleeping habits, my skin thanks me for a dose of these resurfacing products.


REN has just launched a new sunscreen - Photoactive Sun Veil SPF 15 (SGD$79 / 50ml) which falls in the All Skin Types range.

The sunscreen comes in an opaque pump bottle with a small pump dispenser that controls how much is dispensed.

Photoactive Sun Veil uses submicronised Zinc Oxide to protect the skin against UVA and UVB radiation but is free from chemical sunscreen and nano particles. 

I liked the fact that the base was actually Damascus Rose Water. It also contains flourospheres from Morinda Citrifolia - otherwise known as Noni (Indian Mulberry and actively marketed as Tahitian Noni Juice) - these flourospheres are capable of absorbing UV rays and turning them into visible red light which boosts the expression of elastin - firmer, revitalised skin. Noni is also prized for it anti-inflammation, anti-acne and moisture retention properties when topically applied to the skin.

The sunscreen itself is light and spreads easily on skin; it absorbs fast and there isn't a greasy, sticky feeling or a feeling like it floats on skin.

From what I've noted so far, there isn't a white cast on skin when I'm wearing the Photoactve Sun Veil.

That said, I really wished it was a higher SPF - SPF15 seems miniscule in comparison to the SPF 50 I'm used to. That said, the folks at REN indicated that this can be worn over makeup too - just pat it on gently.


I'm looking forward to exploring the REN range a little more - I usually start by trying out the cleansers and I have my eye on the Radiance range. The Glycoactic Radiance Renewal Mask was on my wishlist I posted on Instagram earlier this month

Have you tried anything from REN? Any favourites? Or have you been itching to try? Share! :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend and week ahead


Disclaimer: Product featured was given to me for consideration. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone. Information on REN and Photoactive Veil extracted from press kit provided.

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