There are (very rare) times, when I break out a new product and have a moment of epiphany. That moment when a product touches my skin and the skies immediately open with the songs of angels singing “Hallelujah!”. That moment when I get a virtual slap upside of my head for not discovering this product earlier.
When all that happens, I shelve everything and scramble hastily to my blog to tell you of my newest and latest skincare love.
Ladies and gents, I’d like you to meet the REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot, which I’ll call the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot for short. This product has been available since last year, but it was only not very long ago, that I slipped it into my skincare routine.
You see, I have a sceptical mindset, and when a product says “Instant” anything, the first thing I do is discount it. “Meh!” I think to myself “There’s no such thing as instant, unless it’s a polaroid, and even then, it doesn’t develop instantly!”
But trust me my friends, this one is a winner in my books, and has quickly found its place in my skincare hall of fame, worming its way to perch upon a pedestal, as I obsequiously grovel at its base. In fact, if budget permits, I’d go so far as to say that this is a must-have. And you know I don’t say things like that often! 😉
What the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot is, is really a serum with hyaluronic acid as its key ingredient. The product is a clear gel-serum that comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. Let me quickly get a grouse about the dropper out of the way – it doesn’t pick up the product very well. In fact, it reminds me of the dropper in the Bobbi Brown Serum Foundation – good products, let down by their droppers that for some reason, don’t seem to pick up the product effectively. So, sometimes, you may find yourself not getting enough product in the glass pipette. But don’t let that bother you too much, because it’s what in there that really matters.
And this serum is the bee’s knees!
According to REN, this serum should instantly deliver a boost of hydration to the skin through the use of hyaluronic acid that instantly smooths and plumps up the skin. Over time, it will firm up the skin and lift it. The scary thing is, it REALLY does all that! 😀
You only use about 2 drops each time, and I find that the gel texture can feel a little sticky. But what you should do is apply it over your skin, then, lightly press or pat it until it is all absorbed. It’s almost magical, as if you have fine lines, you will notice it plump up and smoothen almost instantly. In my case, what I noticed after just 1 week, was that my skin appeared transformed.
Dry and flaky spots had calmed and evened out, and it was just so much smoother in general. I haven’t kept a hydrating serum in my routine in a while, since I mess around so much, but this made such a difference that I swore never to be without again. Truly, you never miss something till you have it, and then you wonder how you ever got on without!
If you have combination or oily skin, you can use this too. You might then find that 1 drop of product serves you well enough, just to give skin that boost of hydration. That one beauty shot, as it were.
Here’s how I use it:-
Cleanser -> Acid toner -> REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot -> other serums or face oils -> Moisturiser
I use this both day and night, in addition to any other serum I’m currently using and I swear it gives everything a little boost. I attribute it to its skin hydrating properties. I swear by keeping skin well hydrated to solve most of your skin problems, and I’ve been proven right time and time again. I actually found that products like the Clinique Even Better Optimizer serum worked better after I added this underneath. I’m not sure why it works, but it works. I think it’s to do with how well hydrated skin absorbs products better – like a sponge. A dry sponge is of no use. You have to wet it before it actually absorbs anything – don’t believe me? Try it and see! 😉
Has it given me any lifting? That’s debatable. What I noticed most of all is the improvement in my skin texture, and perhaps some firming? I’m not sure. I don’t have very saggy skin to start with, and I do use a lot of anti-aging creams and serums and lotions and potions. But if you what you’re looking for is something that can give your skin an instant boost, then this might be it!
IN A NUTSHELL
The REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot is a clear gel-serum with a faint rose scent, that is designed to hydrate, firm and lift skin from the get-go. I personally found that this delivers a wonderful boost of hydration to my skin, and almost instantly smoothens it and improves its texture. You only need a maximum of 2 drops or it might feel too sticky. If it does, just lightly pat or press on your skin till it all absorbs before following on with your other skincare. I love this, and sometimes, in the day, I even pat a drop over my makeup (it doesn’t disturb anything!) on my cheeks if they’re feeling dry. I love it!
PROS: Absorbs very quickly and almost instantly into the skin, Almost instantly boosts skin hydration, Skin feels and looks smoother and more hydrated, Helps to boost the efficacy of serums and moisturisers
CONS: Pricey, Dropper does not pick up product very effectively
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants an effective hydrating serum
PRICE: RM229 | £36 | US$54 for 30ml
For anyone interested, here is the ingredient list for the REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot.
Have you tried this Instant Firming Beauty Shot? Does it interest you?
If you can swing it, I think this is good stuff to have. I won’t deny though, that it’s also pretty pricey. That said, because you’d use maybe 2 drops each time, it might last you quite a while. My suggestion is to see which store or site has discounts or deals and then buy from there. That’s what I’ll be doing anyway, once this bottle runs out! 😀 Any saving is a good saving!