Alright, REN Skincare may not be new to you anymore, but it was new about 3 years ago when I was first introduced to it. I tried some of the products then, liked some of them and loved some of them. One of my favourites was the Omega 3 Night Repair Serum which was an oil that I swear my skin lapped up eagerly each night. I bought and finished off the full size bottle even.
Then, REN disappeared from our shores some time last year and I wasn’t sure where they’d gone or if they were coming back. But it is heartening to know that they are now back here, and will hopefully hang around a little longer this time
Better yet, they have not only returned, the prices have dropped! Yes! /fistpump
Have you tried any products from REN while they were here? They’ve since come out with a couple more new products in their line up too. Or is your knowledge of REN limited to “that” commercial? Which commercial you ask? Ah… 😉
REN, which means “clean” in Swedish, is a range of skincare from the UK. They are doing quite well in certain skincare niches especially around Europe and Scandinavia. The products are supposed to contain bio actives derived from plants and do not contain skin unfriendly ingredients like parabens, mineral oils etc
To avoid repeating myself, you can actually read about the brand and what they embody in my previous introduction to REN post. The concepts are all there and all remain the same so its no use my yabbering on about the same thing
Products in REN are colour coded for ease of reference, for the various categories of skincare they cover. So by way of example here, are products showing the orange and purple band. The Orange band that you see in the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (RM175/50ml), a REN bestseller, is part of the Radiance range. Products in this range are targeted at making skin look more radiant and revived.
I tried the Glycolactic mask back in the day but it didn’t wow me. I am planning to give it another go, to see if it will help make my skin look better this time. Lots have happened in 3 years and maybe my skin now needs it more than ever 😛
The purple band signifies the anti-aging range of which a star product is the Keep Young and Beautiful SH2C Serum (RM305/30ml) Again, this is something I have tried before this (review here). I said back then I thought it did a fair job but I preferred the Omega 3 Night Repair Serum. Well, I’m going to give this another go, and see how I feel 2 years down the road.
I’m told that many of the products are upgraded from time to time, as technology improves. Also, our skins change every now and then so who knows if what did not work before may work now.
I couldn’t let you go without telling you of my personal favourite – the Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Nourishing Body Oil (Read the gushing review here) The Award Winning Moroccan Rose range carries a maroon band and there is a body wash, body scrub (also sublime!) and body lotion as part of the range.
If you never try anything from REN, do try something from the Moroccan Rose range. I asked a couple of people around the table if they’d tried anything from the brand, and most of them said they had. When I asked what it was they tried, the breathless answers all started with Moroccan Rose. Sometimes, you just need that little bit of luxury to yourself in the shower or on your skin. Lovely!
A couple of new products have popped up on the shelves, and I have my eye on one of them already. See if you know which 😉
- Clarifying Toning Lotion – A toner that exfoliates skin, unclogs pores and refreshes skin
- Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate – A concentrate containing nature derived vitamin A, Provitamin A and Retinoid Analogue to combat wrinkles, imperfections and age spots and helps skin look younger, smoother and brighter. Did you guess that this is the one I am raring to get at?!
- Photoactive Sun Veil SPF15 – A lightweight mineral sunscreen that fights free radicals and is light enough for you to wear OVER makeup so you can easily touch up throughout the day. Fascinating!
- Keep Young and Beautiful Anti-Ageing Eye Cream – An anti-ageing lifting eye cream to reduce lines around the eyes and firms and lifts skin.
So, as I said, I have my eye on the Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Concentrate. I am very curious about it because its firstly a face oil and I like face oils, and secondly its supposed to be a retinoid and retinol is one of the proven ingredients to resurface the skin. So this is something I plan to pick up soon.
REN Skincare is now distributed locally by Ken’s Apothecary which means its only available in 2 places – Ken’s Apothecary Empire Shopping Gallery and Bangsar Village 2. The latter store isn’t opened yet and I almost never go down to Subang anymore, so I guess I have to wait to pick up the Bio Retinoid serum and to check out more stuff in REN. Oh, and I am hoping they start selling it online too so I can be a caveman and order it from home
Have you tried anything from REN Skincare? Have you come across anything from the brand that might interest you?
Oh and I mentioned a commercial didn’t I? We discussed this once before so you can go here to watch it. Do just note that its not safe for work or those who have delicate senses 😉
REN Skincare will be available at Ken’s Apothecary at Empire Shopping Gallery and Bangsar Village 2