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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

An Ode to the REN Clay Cleanser


Through four bottles of the stuff, I've established two things. Firstly, REN crafts wicked alliterations. And, secondly, I blemmin' adore the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. I penned my first review of it back in March, but with some $$$ going to REN and a few empty bottles in the bin, it was time for an update.
If you know anything about my skin and its combination, acne prone, yet dehydrated nature, then you might know that it's a bit of a puzzle.
REN's cleanser is primarily aimed at acne prone skins. With antibacterial properties to combat existing breakouts while preventing future ones, as well, as a salicilin addition for light exfoliation, pore minimization, and some antimicrobial comportment, as well, it sounds pretty dreamy for anyone with a less than perfect complexion.
As for the nitty gritty, some ingredients include Chamomile Flower Water, Mayblossom, French Clay, Zinc Gluconate, Sesame Seed Oil, and a few others. Whatever is in here must be great for acneic skins.

Now, it's the time where I reveal why this cleanser really does magic for my skin. Normally, anything labelled for spotty skin would leave my complexion appearing more dried than clear. But, the clay base means that my skin is left balanced, nourished, clean, less red, and more calmed.
As I've mentioned a few times before, the application for this one is a bit different than your regular apply, sud, and go cleanser. Instead, I apply half a pump to the whole of my dry face, and leave it as you would a typical clay mask.
It depends on how long I leave it to do it's job. Sometimes, it's just a few minutes (while I pick up a few the heap of clothes coating my bedroom floor) or sometimes, it can be for ten minutes if my skin is really acting up. If I have, in fact, gone a longer period of time to let it sit, some of the cleanser will sink into the skin, but there's no need to be alarmed. With wet hands, massage into the skin to resort it back to it's wet nature, then rinse and wipe off with a muslin.

So, if you suffer from the 'visible from the moon' spots, redness, or a slumped complexion, look no further than this cleanser. Is it drying? Nope--so it's suitable for any skin type. If the two 'Parisian To Be' ode's isn't enough for you to try it, then I'll spill that it has a 4.3 out of 5 star Sephora rating. If that still doesn't do it, just look at all the bottles I have gone through.

17 comments :

  1. I love REN so much, they seem to get their products so right for each skin type! xo

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  2. I really need to splurge on this! It sounds fantastic!

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  3. I've heard a lot of good things about this mask, it sounds really amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  4. I absolutely love this cleanser, I'm hitting the dredges of my bottle so I'll be off to buy a new one soon, I usually work it into the skin until it pretty much disappears then leave it for a few minutes and it works wonders

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  5. This is my absolute favourite cleanser, I find it really calming on my skin whenever I have a breakout and keeps the spots at bay! x

    Abbie | Dainty Little Dreams

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  6. I agree. And the products are so great in general! xo

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  7. Yes, yes, yes! If you only buy one thing this month, let it be this. xo

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  8. Ummm, y e a h! *wink* xo

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  9. Amazing as a mask AND a cleanser. Super powers. xo

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  10. Oooo; I'll definitely try that! xo

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  11. Hands down! xo

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  12. This is such a fantastic product, I simply adore it :)

    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

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  13. Great minds think alike. xo

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  14. This has been so useful! Spent an entire Sunday afternoon reading up on all the available reviews on REN products and I've now decided on the clay cleanser and toning lotion because of your review. Thanks heaps! Can't wait to try these products.

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  15. The Toning Lotion is equally amazing! I'm so glad I could help! xo

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  16. I'm deciding between the REN smooth and renew mask and invisible pores detox mask.. I've always had enlarged pores + slight pigmentation on a combination skin. What would you recommend? :)

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  17. Hmmm... I haven't tried either. I'd ask Jenn (from jennypurr.com). She has a w e s o m e skincare advice and she'll sort you out. I hope this helps! xo

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