The Weekend Post #11: REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

When it comes to face masks I’m not hugely experimental nor am I particularly that bothered. When I was younger I did the odd ‘peel-off’ tea tree face masks but more cause I liked the sensation of pulling it off rather than the results! In more recent years I’ve been using the Liz Earle Brightening Treatment Mask, but I just didn’t really feel that it was potent enough. So two months ago I picked up the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and have been using it weekly (and usually on a Sunday) ever since, here’s the breakdown…

REN is definitely a skincare brand that I wish to purchase a few more bits from. Their products are formulated to be free from parabens, sulpahtes, mineral oils, silicones, synthetic colours or fragrances and whole other bunch of bad stuff. I got a sample from Space NK of their Purity Cleansing Balm and I may have to pick up the full size. Their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask contains natural fruit acids from passion fruit, lemon, grape, pineapple and papain from papaya to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin, encouraging cell turnover. So it’s basically a lightly exfoliating mask treatment, which helps to remove dead skin making the complexion look more radiant and combating congestion. Sounds amaze right?

When I first used it I was surprised by the consistency, it feels like smothering marmalade over your face – not great. It also tingles quite a bit, and REN do recommend that this isn’t the best mask for sensitive types, however I always just feel like it’s the mask ‘working’, and it wasn’t so bad that I had to remove it. The main thing is how your skin feels when you take it off – and you know what, it feels fab! After using this religiously once a week for two months now, my skin feels smoother and definitely looks more radiant on a Monday morning after using this. Of course you can never be too sure if it’s all down to this product or a cumulation of your skincare routine (video on that coming up tomorrow), but it’s something I’m going to continue with and probably repurchase when it’s finished; although I might have to give the REN Invisable Pores Detox Mask a go, the reviews on that sound pretty good too!

REN is available in Selfridges, Liberties, John Lewis and Space NK stores, and the Glycolatic Renewal Mask costs £30 for 50ml – a bit pricey but you need the smallest amount! I can see a bottle lasting me a few more months!


  • Rach

    I absolutely love this product! So good to see ren popping up more and more in the blogging world! My company stocks the brand and they really do have some amazing products. I’d recommend the serums and eye gel if you’re wanting to try more bits!

  • xoxpinkypwincessxox

     I need some Ren in my life!

  • thanks for the great review !! 

  • Anonymous

    It sounds amazing! I’ve been using a detox mask from Sanctuary and it’s keeping my skin clear. However I find that my skin is a bit dull and although it can be oily it looks tired. I was looking into getting the Elemis Tri-Enzyme one as I heard that it’s really great but will have to check this out too 🙂 x

  • This mask sounds amazing! Will definitely put it on my list of products I want to try, hope my sensitive skin can handle it though! 🙂

  • Sounds amazing! Im totally getting more into skincare recently, Id love to give this ago! I spy bioderma in the background, im totally in love with stuff now!! lol cant wait for your skin care vid.

    Hayley xo

  • Hel

    Hopefully you’re still loving Liz Earle 😀 xxxx

  • charlotte_queen

    Sounds goood, love me a face mask 🙂
    Charlotte Couture Blog 

  • Nicola

    Sounds great. Im not experimental with face masks either, i dont like to spend much either… 

  • Sounds interesting I am always up for discovering and trying new brands and this is a brand I had heard of however had not really paid much attention too. Good to see you have your pampering Sundays too. My bf works most Sundays so its a nice relaxing day to really treat yourself and try new products hey 🙂 x

  • ana

    Sounds like a great mask, quite expensive though!


  • I received a sample of this from Sephora a while back, I really liked it but I’m not sure if I’m willing to take the plunge and purchase the full size. Decisions, decisions…

  • This looks lovely, although knowing the sensitivity of my skin it could end quite badly…
    The balm cleanser does seem amazing though, do you think it’s worth the money?

    Makeup for Biochemists


  • Anonymous

    This will probably be too harsh for my skin but I really want to try the Invisible Pore Detox mask. Hopefully, that will be okay. 🙂 x

  • Picklebickle

    I use this mask and have been for a year now, and i have to most sensitive, dry and prone to a few pimples here and there skin type. It does tingle and if you have any active/ open break out it stings a bit when you apply the mask over it for 2 seconds then stops, other then that it feels “like its working” and results in a noticeably brighter and softer skin. It’s a easy mask that doesn’t irritate my skin 🙂