Friday, 5 July 2013

REN 7 Day Optimum Radiance Program Part 1

REN Radiance Range

I know what you must be thinking - more REN? How many faces does this girl have that she NEEDS that much skincare?
Well I'll have you know that I have only one but its very demanding and well known for its high-maintenance ways :-) Plus I am weak!

My obsession aside, REN does happen to be one of my favorite brands and they have never disappointed me in terms of product quality, helpful customer service, fast shipping and consistent personal attention provided to every customer whether they are brand new or frequent fliers like myself! 
Just a quick intro for those of you who might not be familiar with this particular brand or my own personal pre-occupation with their products.

REN is a "clean", cruelty free skincare company, based out of the UK, that gained popularity with a huge momentum all over the world in just a few short years. What attracted me to them in the first place was their philosophy and commitment to creating a line products that can deal with modern skin problems without using conventional "nasty" ingredients that have no business being near anyone's face or body.
In summery their marketing is very clear about what you will not find in a REN product - no silicone, no artificial fragrance or colour, no mineral oil, no parabens, no sulfates, no glycol, no petroleum and similar chemistry lab experiments, we should all be avoiding anyways.

Since its establishment REN has developed several product lines that are devoted to treating a specific skin issue or meant to target a particular concern you might be dealing with. 
Hydra-Calm avoids known allergens, soothes, calms and "trains" skin to be less reactive
Ultra-Moisture repairs skin's natural defenses against moisture loss and hydrates desert dry skin
ClearCalm3 Anti Blemish System fights acne, excess oil and bacterial concerns without being harsh
Anti-Aging Line uses the latest bio-active technology to treat fine line, skin pigmentation problems and firmness concerns
Radiance Range products work to renew, revive, increase radiance and just keep you looking healthy

Ever since I heard about the release of REN's Radiance Collection I really wanted to give it a complete long-term (at least 6 weeks) trial by using every single product in the collection..The biologist in me began to develop a hypothesis and i was off to envision all kinds of scientific ways I could track my progress and present my findings.
Lets just say that somewhere between designing a comparative chart and developing a graph, things got a little messy and I remembered that Excel hates me...So since at that point i was ready to give up on the scientific method I decided it would be so much more fun for both you and me, for me to just tell you what exactly happened to my face...a friend to a friend kind of conversation!

This whole idea was prompted by an article I had seen somewhere on the net that referenced something called REN 7-DAY OPTIMUM RADIANCE PROGRAM!
Better skin, radiance and REN in 7 Days! That whole thing had my name all over it!
In my haste and excitement over those radiant prospects I of course lost the article URL and had all 4 REN products but no idea exactly how to implement them in the those 7 days! I searched the net but couldn't find anything specific, product reviews and general information but nothing that described how the REN system worked.
Finally I admitted defeat and emailed the company, resolving  myself to wait, thinking it will take a few days to get a response or even an automated reply but i didn't want to start anything without instructions for once. Now this is why I think REN has the best customer service of almost all the brands I have ever had to contact before.
About 20 minutes after i sent my original email, I received a very lengthy, informative, thoughtful and sweet email from the REN team, detailing everything i needed to know and even making suggestions about what to do if I come across any issues! Brilliant! It doesn't even end there because after a few days I got an envelope from REN (US office) filled with samples and a handwritten note!!! Now how often does that happen?
REN makes excellent products with super ingredients but what makes them great is the fact that they care about their customer experiences with skincare in general and will go over the top to help with any inquires and questions we throw at them :-)

So here are the instructions for the 7 DAY OPTIMUM RADIANCE PROGRAM 
(as provided by customer service!)
Day 1
Begin with Micro Polish Cleanser followed by Glyco Lactic Skin Renewal Mask to prepare skin
Day 1-7
Resurfacing AHA Concentrate at night
Followed by Radiance Perfecting Serum
*In the mornings use a mild cleanser, follow with Radiance Perfecting Serum, top with moisturizer and sun screen 
**Continue using the Micro Polish Cleanser and Glyco Lactic Skin Renewal Mask every 3 to 4 days
***After 7 days your skin will be resurfaced, radiant and re-energised. Over the next 14 days stop using the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate but continue to use the Radiance Perfecting Serum and the Micro Polish Cleanser and /or Glyco Lactic Skin Renewal Mask.

I feel its important to mention that REN does not recommend the Radiance Program or the Radiance Range for those with very sensitive skin so please use your own judgment and knowledge about your own skin before starting any new skin regiment.
The four products I will discuss in part 3 and 4 of this REN series are Micro Polish Cleanser, Radiance Perfecting Serum, AHA Resurfacing Concentrate and Glycil Lactic Skin Renewal Mask 

*Supplementary skincare i used include: Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm (makeup removal), Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream, REN Hydra-Calm Global Protection Day (day moisturizer), Caudalie Premier Cru eye cream and Clarins UV Plus Day Screen (sun protection) 

I will be posting part 2 and 3 very shortly where I will review each Radiance product and tell you guys about my experience during those 7 days and how I feel now that I've been using some of those REN products for a few months 

If you have any questions or comments just leave them below and I will get back to you ASAP :-)

Thank you for reading 



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