Two products today!
First up Get REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I received this in the June Look Fantastic Beauty Box. It retails at £32 for 50ml. To be honest I only tried this because it was in the beauty box. I’m not a huge fan of these leave on exfoliators, I much prefer a granular exfoliator followed by a clay mask for a jolly good deep clean. So this little miracle is supposed to be a ‘powerful combination of a fruit acid complex and papain enzyme, from the papaya fruit, that gives a gentle yet effective exfoliating peel’.
I found the results are a gentle exfoliation after ten minutes of use, that clears the pores and smooths the skin. As with both of the products here, you cleanse as normal then apply the product, leaving for ten minutes before gently washing off. This little guy is aimed at those with mature, or congested, or acne scarred skin. I don’t really have any of these, thank goodness, but I do have icky enlarged pores and some unsightly black heads on my snozel! I tried this at night after cleansing. Initially it was quite tingly to apply, I have relatively sensitive skin though (I can imagine I’d really suffer with a proper acid peel!). The tingly thing only lasted about two of the ten minutes the mask was on. Post wash off, my skin did feel really lovely and soft. I’m not sure the glycolactic bit is strong enough to make a real difference to your pores.
I’m starting to feel a bit of a conversion to these cream peels above my usual granular exfoliatiors, they feel a little more gentle while being more high-tech and possibly more effective. I like this, but I’m not convinced by such a high price tag for what’s effectively an exfoliator.
Next up and in the same category of products, is Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel. The full size retails at £32 for 50ml. Im sure I won’t be alone in getting a sample size from the July edition of Marie Claire, but I should also confess that I have purchased this in the past. I was probably too young to appreciate these mask exfoliators, too young and too keen on scrubs!
This one promises ‘the natural exfoliating fruit enzyme action of Papaya and Pineapple will smooth, brighten and clarify your complexion. This unique, non-granular Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel exfoliating cream has 7 active ingredients to repair and protect your skin.’ Again it’s aimed at more mature and sensitive complexions and helps to dissolve nasty old dead skin cells to give you a renewed, brighter look.
When I applied this one I got none of the tingly sensation as with Ren’s offering, and being honest I believe I ended up with pretty much the same results. I woke up with super soft skin, no sudden shrinkage of pores or anything fantastical like that! I prefer the fragrance of this one over the Ren version, but both are actually pretty similar. Lots of reviewers say this product totally sinks into the skin, which I guess is a little worrying considering what it’s supposed to do! It didn’t for me, but then I only left it on for about five minutes.
If I had to choose, I’d go for the Ren offering. It’s a tiny bit more expensive, but I feel the slight tingly feeling I got when applying suggests to me it’s actually doing something. There is very little in it, both have similar ingredients, similar fragrances and similar results. But would I swap my usual exfoliation regime and actually purchase a full size? ….
Loves – both feel indulgent, smell fruity and come in great high-end packaging. My skin did feel smoother and softer after use
Not so Loves – it’s really hard to see much of a difference post use . . . It’s all about the texture of the skin
Overall – sorry guys, I’m sticking to a scrub based exfoliator, followed by a clay mask. More of a time commitment, and actually more costly, but I like the squeaky clean feeling. I’ll definitely use up the sample sized versions of this, and maybe I’ll revisit my decision in a year or so . . .