I had the pleasure of attending a REN event last week. I knew of the brand but admit I've never tried any of their products. After the really interesting talk given by Robert Calcraft, one of the founders of the brand, that will all change. He's a really savvy, fun guy and I was very taken by the concept behind the brand. More about that in another post I'm sure.
Today, I want to talk about their new anti-blemish range: ClearCalm 3. This range is designed to combat the causes of acne, blemishes and breakouts without harshness. Now, if you don't already know, I used to work as a skin microbiologist and a lot of my work involved investigating the efficacy of acne treatments. I worked with patients that had acne, some cases were extremely severe and I know how upsetting and debilitating it can be. I'm also well aware that there is a pay off with most acne treatments: you treat the acne but the products are very harsh and desiccate the skin. You get rid of one discomfort but end up with another.
Basically, combating acne whilst being gentle on the skin is the holy grail for acne and blemish treatments. I think REN have done a pretty good job at it! You don't have to take my word for it either. Take a look at the product reviews on the Sephora website where the the ClearCalm 3 range apparently accounts for a large proportion of REN's current sales.
I have been using a sample of the Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser for the past week (I've actually had a bit of a nasty breakout myself) and I can vouch for the fact that this is clearing up my spots without making my skin feel dry. My skin feels slightly tighter than it would with my normal cleanser. I'd describe it as similar to how it feels after using a clay mask.
The range aims to tackle the 3 key causes of blemishes and breakouts (hence the name):
1. Excess Sebum
2. Build of dead skin cells
3. Blemish-causing bacteria (Propionibacterium)
*Dons Lab coat* It's important to note that Propionibacterium are a natural part of our skin flora. They are always there and don't specifically cause acne but they are involved in breakouts when excess sebum and the build up of dead skin cells lead to an environment lacking in oxygen.
The range includes four products: A cleanser, a day cream, a night serum and a treatment mask. Used together, they promise to leave you with clearer, matte skin, that looks radiant and healthy. All this with no nasties, no stripping and natural active ingredients. REN I take my hat off to you. Jobs a good 'un!
You can uby REN products in Selfridges, Liberty, SpaceNK and John Lewis stores, as well as various online retailers including www.renskincare.com.