Wednesday, January 5, 2011

REN Omega 3 Night Repair Serum & Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream

In my last post, I mentioned a skin care product that actually seems to fight lines, at least for me. This product is actually two different items, both are made by British skin care line REN.
The first is called Omega 3 Night Repair Serum. You smooth a small amount of this slippery (but not sticky) stuff on, wait a few minutes, and then put on the Frankincense Revitalising Night Cream, a mid-weight cream that absorbs quickly and cleanly.

Together, they work to moisturize skin, helping to hide existing lines. But best of all, these items actually appear to stop the lines from getting worse.

How do I know this is happening? Well, it involves carefully studying existing lines in a well-lit mirror and inadvertently running a bit of an experiment. Earlier this year, for several days in a row, I used these two products together and was quite impressed by the results. But I only had a small amount of each product and so I decided to stop using them nightly and instead just use them a few times a week.

Even though I wasn’t using this stuff daily, my skin still looked great and my forehead lines seemed to be “paused”, when they were visible at all (generally because my skin was dehydrated, which always makes lines more visible).

Then, in the two weeks leading up to my August wedding, I used both of these products daily and as a result, my skin was impressively smooth on the big day (I’m talking about before any makeup was applied) and this lasted for weeks after.

In fact, it wasn’t until November when I noticed that that the forehead lines were getting worse.

A couple weeks ago, I busted this stuff out again and continue to be pleased with how it works. And with ingredients like ingredients like vitamin C. vitamin E and omega threes, all stored in air- and bacteria-resistant packaging (pump bottles), it’s not really surprising that this stuff is actually good for one’s skin.

REN products are also missing a lot of nasty things (including alcohols, sulfates and parabens) that can counteract the previously mentioned good ingredients in other skincare products (you can read more about what’s missing from REN products over here; sometimes what’s not in a skincare can be just as important as what’s in it).

While I personally have so far had a great experience with REN, your skin might not enjoy it quite as much. Since this stuff is expensive (the night cream runs for around $55 at Sephora), I recommend starting with REN's Six of the Best set, which runs for $40 and includes generous trial sizes of the two products mentioned above, plus four other great items (including an awesome peel mask).

This set is how i was introduced to REN and overall, it's a great value, as well as a great gift idea. I've only ever seen the set for sale at Sephora's online store, which is also your best bet to get REN products in Canada.

Would I buy this again: Yes
Should you buy it: Yes. You can grab the serum here and the cream here.

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