REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

It seems that 1-minute is all we have for a decent mask! Much like the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask reviewed here in this post, the REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is another similar (but more expensive) product. This is described to be a “transforming treatment that instantly revitalizes and visibly rejuvenates the skin” in 1 minute.

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The description of this product suggests that the “potent water-activated vitamin C [allows] this one-minute facial [to] give immediate spa facial results, leaving skin firm, toned, and smoothed.” It claims to reduce signs of fatigue, photo-aging, and skin imperfections.” Skin is promised to “instantly glow with renewed health and radiance.” REN’s “breakthrough technology locks 10 percent vitamin C in a silica/glyceride matrix to maximize effectiveness. Stabilized vitamin C supports natural collagen synthesis, improves skin elasticity, and evens out skintone while boswellic acid relaxes muscles and fights facial fatigue, diminishing appearance of lines and wrinkles. Lastly, magnesium energizes the complexion and boosts radiance for a glowing complexion.”

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In order to use this product properly, apply generously to face and neck after you’ve cleansed your skin and dried it. Add a small amount of warm water with your fingertips and massage to “activate.” It’s a lot like exfoliating, so massage and leave the product on your skin for one minute. Then, rinse.

The only problem is that you need to squeeze out a whole lot of product to get results. The product doesn’t spread easily because it leaves some areas of your skin uncovered, so you have to apply a lot of product. It seems that you’ll go through the tube pretty fast, so for the price, it’s very expensive since a little bit of product doesn’t go a long ways. :( Another issue is that it’s a very concentrated product, and the product description mentions this by suggesting to use it every 3 days. Also, I’ve noticed when I leave the mask on for longer (like, 5-10 minutes) there’s a tingling sensation that can feel a little like burning. I think as long as you use it like it’s suggested, it should be okay.

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I think the product works really well, and it really does brighten and tighten the skin since it’s an intense exfoliator. I like leaving the product on and then rinsing as the description states, but it seems like I’m going to go through product in a month! I really like the product, but there are other exfoliators out there that do the same thing. Basically, this is just a stronger exfoliator. The Philosophy Purity Made Simple Mask is basically the same product for half the price; and, the concept is pretty much the same.

Made in the UK.
Retails for $48.00 USD.

REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Using the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm is my current method of makeup removal, as I’m taking a brief break from my beloved Shu Uemura cleansing oils. Not that there’s anything wrong with my cleansing oils, because that’s my number one method of removing makeup; but, I was just curious about all the hype around cleansing balms. I’ve been using the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm for a few weeks now, and I figured it would be good to share with you my thoughts about the product.

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This product is a “two-in-one cleansing balm that gently yet thoroughly melts away dirt and makeup.” The “rose-infused balm sweeps away impurities, including waterproof mascara and the toughest of complexion products. It leaves skin cleansed, purified, calm, and glowing. It also conditions the lashes and brows.” The general idea of the cleansing balm is the same as the cleansing oils — in that you apply the oily product with your hands onto your dry face. After massaging it around, you emulsify the product with water as you rinse. For me, I follow-up with a separate face wash to remove any residual leftovers from these kinds of products. And, every few days, I use my Clarisonic.

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The cleansing balm comes with its own muslin cloth. This is nice because it helps to exfoliate your skin and remove any excess traces of the cleansing balm before you fully rinse your face. It’s suggested that you gently rub the product between your hands to warm it up, and directly apply it to your skin. As stated earlier, water will emulsify the product into a luxurious cleansing milk. However, this is NOT very good at removing eye makeup because the product stings like crazy. It’s best to remove your eye makeup with an appropriate eye makeup remover beforehand — which adds another step to the cleansing routine. I don’t mind though.

Also, it’s best to use the muslin cloth in conjunction with the balm. I noticed if I don’t the balmy residue just slips and slides around my face creating a white cast — and, then, it becomes hard to remove because of its waxy consistency. It’s best to dampen the muslin cloth and use it to wipe off the balm before rinsing with water.

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The product smells amazing and is intensely hydrating — meaning, that even after it’s removed my makeup, my skin feels nourished and hydrated and not dry and tight. It also appears to temporarily plump my skin — which is nice for when I move onto my nighttime routine. I’m confident that this cleansing balm removes makeup just like my cleansing oils, and I feel good about using it in place of my cleansing oils every now and then. I think my number one method of makeup removal will always be using oils; but, the balm is more convenient since it’s in a tub. It also feels so nice on the skin at the end of the day, and a little massage never hurt before bedtime. :)

I’d recommend this product to people with all skin types. It’s important to thoroughly remove all traces of makeup and debris from your skin at the end of the day, so that it can breathe at night. Using a cleansing wipe or just a regular face wash is not going to remove all traces — it will most likely remove just the surface particles. This product is an investment, much like the Shu Uemura cleansing oils — however, they last for 9+ months and are well worth it.

Retails for $48.00 USD.
Made in UK.
Contains 5.1 oz.