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Lucy Halperin on Perfect Canvas.

3 days ago

Lucy Halperin on Perfect Canvas.

The celebrity make-up artist’s insight into Perfect Canvas.

So, by now you’ve heard the hype around Perfect Canvas. It works with your skin to enhance its natural structure, while also acting as a (silicone-free) primer with make-up. Still want to know more? We asked celebrity make-up artist Lucy Halperin her thoughts on the super-serum. Working with some of the biggest names in the industry (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Poppy Delevingne and Hailey Baldwin, to name a few), she knows her stuff when it comes to make-up.

Has the role of make-up changed in the industry since you began as a make-up artist?

Absolutely. The role of Instagram and instant access to make-up has played a big part in changing the make-up industry. I think platforms like Instagram are amazing to allow people to learn from each other and experiment with new things. However, when you’re needing the make-up you’re doing to have longevity, for instance at an event, you still need to have the knowledge that comes with the learning and skill, giving you the ability to create whatever look you’re asked to do. It takes long-term study to learn the ins and outs of make-up, like specific techniques, shapes of the face and so on.

What do you think about primers?

I’ve never really found the need to use primers whilst I’m applying make-up, so when Perfect Canvas was first introduced to me, I was sceptical. However, when I first tried it, Perfect Canvas immediately stood out to me in the way that it’s so much more than just a primer. It’s silicone-free so it doesn’t have that unpleasant texture, it gives the longevity to make-up that I haven’t found in other primers I’ve used, and it’s delivering the benefits to the skin at the same time. It really gives you everything it says on the bottle; a necessity in your kit as a make-up artist. I think of it as a game changer in make-up.

How have you found working with Perfect Canvas?

I love everything about using it. I have a very mixed clientele, both men and women of all ages, and everybody I’ve used it on loves it. The only downside is that I keep asking REN for more bottles as my clients tend to want to keep it once they’ve tried it.

We know it goes on after your moisturiser, but are there any other products you’d recommend to use Perfect Canvas with?

For a red carpet look, typically I’d keep it simple and use something instantly plumping for the skin Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, especially for guys. I’d follow with a moisturiser and then apply Perfect Canvas. You’re good to go after those, whether they want make-up or not. You get primed, healthy and fresh skin straight away, as the pores are tightened and it doesn’t feel weighty. I’d also use a spray of Anti-Pollution Mist to finish, which is great for tired skin throughout the day or the evening.



What type of foundation does it work best with?

All types. I use it on myself with a BB cream or liquid foundation, and you don’t need to use much because you’ve got such a great canvas on your face already. Another way you can use it is mixing it in with your liquid foundation, for an all-in-one application after moisturising. It definitely works better with a liquid foundation over powder foundation.

We’re coming up to awards season. Would you use Perfect Canvas during such fast-paced events like these?

Absolutely. Its products like Perfect Canvas that protect the face when it’s being battered all day from re-applying make-up over and over again for different things, touched by brushes, hands and make-up remover. It stops skin from looking overloaded with foundation so it does save the face; a big help when you don’t want to look like you’re wearing too much make-up. The key trends in beauty for Spring 2018 came through as having the less is more approach to make-up, so it’s really important that the skin is looking fresh and healthily radiant.



Have you got any make-up artist tips on how to use Perfect Canvas that we might not have thought of?

As I don’t really wear make-up during the day, I was looking for new ways to use Perfect Canvas, so I started using it at night-time, right after my moisturiser. I found that it sealed my skincare in without ending up clogging my skin. It made my skin incredibly soft in the morning even after the first time I used it. Also, don’t forget your neck when you apply, too. I even use it on my chest and hands. Anywhere that’s exposed a lot is somewhere that you need to look out for with skin.


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A six-point lifestyle checklist for your skin

16 days ago

A six-point lifestyle checklist for your skin.

It's about taking those little moments and making them count.

Skincare doesn't just stay in the bathroom. From where you work to where you live, Life in General can have a huge impact, and understanding how can empower us all to make the most of the skin we're in.

Diet.

Our diet is our body's fuel – it's all it has to run on. And this goes for our skin just as much as any organ. For example, did you know that sugar causes inflammation? It produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, leaving skin with lines and wrinkles. So not fun (except when you're eating it). The best thing to do is keep skin-boosting snacks close at hand, so you're less likely to hit the vending machine. Think high-fat nuts and seeds, dark leafy greens and antioxidant-rich berries. And if you know there's chocolate on the horizon – Easter, we're looking at you – make sure you have the products to help your skin along.

Exercise.

Oh, the feeling of bounding out of bed at 5am for a Box Fit class. Ok, so we might not be that enthusiastic about it in real life, but exercise does all manner of great things for your skin. From upping your blood flow for that flushed look, to delivering vital nutrients where they're needed, it's a sure-fire way to look as good as you feel. Just be sure to take off your make-up first, and cleanse that sweat away straight after.

Sleep.

Imagine sending your skin to a weekend retreat. That's what sleep is like. While you're slumbering, your skin is hard at work, renewing and rejuvenating. So when there aren't enough hours in the day, your skin suffers. Your immune system will struggle to protect your skin from bacteria, leaving you more prone to blemishes and wrinkles. They say eight hours a night is enough to keep your body in good working order, and you can help your skin along by using a nourishing overnight mask.

Skincare.

If you've ever scrimped on your skincare time, you'll know – it's all about routine, routine, routine. Knowing your skin type and discovering the right products for it is the best way to fortify yourself against everything life can throw at you. Begin in the morning with your cleanser, toner, serum and day cream, then remember to remove your make-up and cleanse again before bed, using your toner and night cream this time around. Depending on your skin type, it's best not to over-exfoliate – around twice a week should do it – and we love a mask once or twice a week, too. If you can keep a regular routine, your skin will thank you for it by looking its happiest.

Air.

Notice how you seem to have a better complexion on holiday? That's because leaving the city makes your skin really happy. From car fumes to microscopic dirt and other pollutants, our air isn't always doing our skin a favour. And even indoors we're working with central heating or air-con. It's a great idea to cleanse when you come in from the city, to remove the day's dirt and grime, and protect yourself with a nourishing serum and day cream before you leave in the morning.

Stress.

We've all been in stressful situations, and know what it feels like. Well, our skin is right there with us. That irritable feeling triggers our body to release the stress hormone cortisol, and if that sticks around we go into survival mode. This means our immune system gets suppressed and our blood sugar is increased, leading to skin conditions like acne. Oh, and the fatigue you feel after stress goes away? It can leave you with tired skin and wrinkles. Take the time to stop once in a while. Breathe, meditate, go for long walks – however you do it, de-stressing can really save your skin.


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Why we’ve never used microbeads

18 days ago

Why we’ve never used microbeads.

The little pieces of plastic making a big impact right now.

What are microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that can be found in all sorts of places, but when it comes to cosmetics, they’re known for being the barely-there exfoliating granules that slough off dead cells straight from the surface of your skin. Think body scrubs, shower gels and toothpastes. They began to be used in bath and beauty products for their powers of exfoliation (whilst being inexpensive, uniform in size and easy to get for manufacturers), but were quickly found not be as innocent as they look.


Why are they so bad?

They might be small, but microbeads have long been causing a big problem when it comes to our planet. Once we’re done scrubbing our face, brushing our teeth or washing our body, we rinse that product down the drain and those microbeads find themselves meeting up with the sea somewhere along the line. Why? They’re so small, our sewage systems can’t filter them out. Mistaken for food, they end up being swallowed by marine life and bringing harmful chemicals into the food chain. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the non bio-degradable beads also contribute to the huge amount of plastic debris that’s on our ocean floor already (which we know is growing at a scary rate, every day). Once they get into this environment, they’re impossible to remove because of how small they are.

What’s the good news? The UK has now banned the use of microbeads in skincare, putting a stop to their presence in our beauty products and following a ban in the US in 2015. It’s a step forward in protecting our oceans.



Retinol results without the irritation.

25 days ago

Retinol results without the irritation.

Here’s your CLEAN alternative to retinols.

The low-down on retinol

Derived from a synthesised form of Vitamin-A, you’ve probably heard of retinol. It’s an all-rounder anti-ageing support molecule and definitely works on fine lines, correcting pigmentation and firming up your skin. Not just that, it’s often recommended as an effective anti-acne treatment and has the ability to really turn breakout skin around. We know that retinol is efficacious (there’s a lot of studies behind it), so what’s the catch? Those of us with sensitive (or sensitized) skin don’t tend to get on well with retinols hyper speedy skin renewing action. By kicking your cells into overdrive and increasing inflammation (a common side effect), it simply isn’t the most skin-friendly active to use on troubled or thinning skin. It’s not all bad news, but it’s just not for everyone.

The Clean solution

We know that irritation isn’t what you want when it comes to skincare, even if it does mean looking a few years brighter. Clean skincare means saying no to potentially irritating, skin unfriendly ingredients, and saying yes to clean, skin-compatible ingredients which are pure, pleasurable and, most importantly, help your skin to help itself. That’s where Bio-Retinoid steps in. We’ve created an alternative to retinol, giving you effective, visible results without the irritating effects (and we’ve got the clinical results to prove it). Using naturally-derived and sustainable bio-actives, we’re able to mimic the positive effects of synthetic retinol, while importantly, bypassing the release of inflammation. How does it work? The short story is that by using our Bio Retinoid Complex, your skin is exposed to molecules that it believes is similar to retinol, but because the process isn’t forced, or synthetic retinol used, you completely bypass the inflammation release and the skin thinning effects, yet get all the great benefits.



Your guide to exfoliation

29 days ago

Your guide to exfoliation.

The FAQ’s on exfoliation, answered.

Exfoliation can be a grey area when it comes to skincare routines. Yes, all skin needs daily cleansing and moisturising, but when it comes to exfoliation, there are lots of factors that tell us how much we should be doing it, what kind of exfoliation we should be doing and when. It’s no wonder we get lots of questions on it. The reality is, there’s no rulebook when it comes to exfoliation, but these pointers should help you get to grips with the basics.

So, what actually is exfoliation?

Exfoliation is essentially the removal of dead skin cells from the top layers of your skin to reveal brand new one’s underneath. It’s part of helping your skin’s cycle to keep looking fresh and glowing, whilst the cells renew naturally. Skip your exfoliation? Skin can be left looking dull, dry and lacklustre. All that hard work you’re doing to keep your skin optimised isn’t going to be as effective if you’re not removing the top layer. Think of it like the sun behind the clouds; the brightness is there, it’s just hidden. If dead skin cells are left on the skin’s surface, it can also lead to clogged pores or a build-up of excess oil.

What types of exfoliation are there?

We know we need to exfoliate, so how do we go about it? There are two general types of exfoliation: manual or chemical. Manual exfoliation comes in a granular form like a scrub or tool that rubs over the surface of your skin.

If you’ve heard of AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) or BHA’s (Beta Hydroxy Acid), these are types of chemical exfoliation. Chemical exfoliation can either be natural or synthetic. They’re safe acids that work with the skin to get rid of the dead skin cells without scrubbing them off. These tend to give you a deeper level of exfoliation, with BHA’s like salicin being particularly effective at deep-cleaning congested pores. If you’ve got a more sensitised skin-type, you might prefer chemical exfoliation. Whereas, an oilier skin type might prefer to use manual exfoliation. Finding the right balance for you will keep skin happy, renewed and glowing.

Get ready to GlowClean

1 month ago

Get ready to GlowClean.

Introducing Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic.

We’re about to launch your skin’s answer to natural exfoliation (just in time, as it’s that time of year when skin needs a helping hand in perking up). Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic is a toner that provides a daily dose of clean bio-active extracts to help your skin get glowing, formulated with the pH of 3.5; the optimum pH at which your skin naturally exfoliates. It’s your solution to dullness, uneven skin tone or uneven texture. The results? Naturally exfoliated, re-energised and smoother skin.

What’s in it?

We’ve harnessed the power of three sustainable, natural bio-actives that your skin will want to know about. First up, Lactic Acid. Sourced from the fermentation of yeast, this AHA is used to dissolve the bonds holding dull, dead skin cells on the surface. It has renewing abilities, helping skin to appear firmer and plumper by encouraging new cell turnover. Salicin, sustainably sourced from Willow Bark Extract, works on the skin’s surface and can more effectively help cleanse your pores. Not just that, it helps to balance the production of the skin’s natural sebum levels and reduces imperfections (yes, please!). Azelaic Acid Precursor (which we source from Wheat, Rye and Barley) is the bio-active that’s going to give you the brightening. It works with the skin to boost radiance, hydration and even elasticity. This effective and naturally-powered trio work together to give your skin the glow it’s been longing for.

What’s the story behind it?

We thought it was time to introduce in our (award-winning) radiance range an exfoliating and brightening daily-fix that was going to work with a more sensitised skin type. We also knew that not all AHA products are appropriate for all skin types, so this new formula focuses on Lactic Acid and Azelaic Acid Precursor; both of which are better for sensitised skin, or darker skin tones concerned with pigmentation marks and inflammation-triggered skin-tone patchiness. Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic will give you the chance to get your glow as it’s gentle enough to use daily, boosting your regular routine without feeling the sensitivity. It’s just three pumps to a brighter, more even complexion. Now, who wouldn’t want that?

What’s in?

What’s pH got to do with it?

Remember the test from your school days with the litmus paper and the lemons? Whether we know about it or not, pH is something that makes a big impact when it comes to skin. Essentially, pH dictates what your skin does; whether it’s happy or not. It essentially means how acidic the top layer (aka the skin barrier) of your skin is. It ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline). Loads of things can impact your skin’s pH (food, weather, using products not suited to your skin). Maintaining this balance is essentially the key to happy skin. The skin’s barrier’s (which you might see referred to as the acid mantle) happy place is at pH 5.5. Higher than this? Skin becomes dry and sensitive. Lower than this? Your skin could be prone to breakouts, oiliness and inflammation.

The skin triggers its natural exfoliation process around pH 3.5, leading to you getting your natural, radiant glow. That’s why we formulate our radiance range at that magic pH.

How (and when) do I use it?

Gentle yet effective, Ready Steady Glow can be used as your daily brightening fix. Using a cotton pad, press down on the well pump to saturate, then swipe over your entire face, evenly. If you’ve got sensitive skin, make sure you’re not using another exfoliator alongside this to avoid over-exfoliating (aka irritating the skin). Now you’re ready to follow with your regular skincare routine.

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Q&A with Silken Favours

3 months ago

Q&A with Silken Favours

Meet the creative genius behind Silken Favours, Vicki Murdoch.

This year, we have collaborated with the London-based design powerhouse Silken Favours to create our 2017 Christmas sets. Famed for the kitsch and warm-hearted hand-drawn prints, together we’ve created little boxes of joy, filled with everyone’s REN favourites. Collectable, keep-able and beautifully decorative, these are the only way to make your Christmas tree that bit more special; it’s a collaboration we have been so excited to share with you for a long time. We spoke to Vicki Murdoch, the creative director of Silken Favours and genius behind the brand, to find out her inspirations, a sneak-peek of plans for next year and how she’s planning to spend Christmas.

We’re as obsessed with nature as you are. What else inspires your designs?

I find inspiration everywhere. You can find it from films, exhibitions, just going for a walk in a park or travelling, so I can really find inspiration from anything, but nature is something I'm always inspired by and what I love to draw. It’s simply just things that I find beautiful, and I love symmetry (which you can see from my designs).

Your designs range from cat-shaped cushions to shirts covered in cacti. What’s your favourite thing to design and why?

My favourite thing to draw would be cats, I've been obsessed with them since I was very little. The products I really love designing right now are my ponchos - and I love making the silk, shaped cushions because they're just so fun. I like to bring a bit of humour and joy into people’s lives, and that’s the whole idea behind my brand and products. They’re not meant to be serious, they’re meant to be fun and hopefully people enjoy looking at them, - or sitting on them, or wearing them!


Can we have any sneak-previews on what’s to come next year?

I’m off to Bali for a few weeks just before Christmas and I'll be getting an awful lot of inspiration from there, so I think my collection next year will most likely be Bali-inspired. That’s all I’m saying for now!

What do you like about Christmas time?

I’m from Scotland, and Scotland is very cold in winter, we normally get some snow, so I love putting the fire on, being with family and friends and being somewhere really warm when it’s cold outside and the smell of pine is always lovely. Obviously I love gifting people, and receiving presents myself and everyone coming together. I’m a new mother this year and it's going to be my daughter’s first Christmas, so I’m really excited about that. It's going to be really fun, it's brings a whole new idea of what Christmas is all about now I’ve got a little baby.

Is your home interior as colourful as your prints?

We’ve recently moved and we're still in the midst of making our flat as we want it to be, but I’ve already wallpapered two rooms with all my designs and have a lot of cushions in there so it is really colourful already, and I’m still trying to make it more so. My boyfriends like, ‘whoa, wait a minute’ - he quite likes minimal, and I like maximal, so it's always fun to see who’s going to win that battle. It's definitely pretty colourful with all the wallpaper everywhere, and I’m excited about making Joni, my daughter’s, room, I’m going to of course cover it in a wallpaper, probably one with unicorns and rainbows and have many of my silk cushions for her to play with, I cant wait.

We expect the gifts you give at Christmas are pretty creative. Do you give hand-made gifts?

For many years, before I started Silken Favours, I used to make marzipan sculptures for presents at Christmas - a very cheap way to give presents - so I used to give those, and then things like compilation CD’s, handmade cards and things like that. Now, everyone receives Silken Favours presents from me at Christmas time, so it's still a personal gift because I’ve created them, but it's not as marzipan-rich anymore, which is nice for them...

What’s your favourite REN gift set this year, and why?

My favourite set that I’ve designed for the Christmas collaboration is the All is Calm, All is Bright set because the products in there are perfect to help the skin of a new mother, and make you look like you've actually been sleeping; I have such lack of sleep at the moment so anything to help my skin look fresher is just wonderful. I love the contrasting colours of the lilac and the oranges, and I really enjoyed doing all the illustrations for this one. They are also perfect little boxes to re-use and I plan on filling mine with jewellery or small bits and bobs.


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How To: Removing Makeup

4 months ago


8 Nov 2017 15:21:01

How To: Removing Makeup

Five steps to removing your make-up properly this Halloween.

What’s the scariest part of Halloween? Getting off all that makeup, fake blood and even the vampire fangs at the end of the night. We put our skin through a lot when we remove our makeup day-to-day, let alone on fright night. To avoid looking even more terrifying when you wake, you need to make sure your make-up is properly removed. Do it right and you’ll save your skin a lot of trouble the morning after. Whether you’re going to a seriously ghostly party, or you’re keeping your face mask on for a little longer for those trick-or-treaters (that’s scary enough), here’s how to de-spook this party season.

(1) Make sure you’re using the right makeup remover.

If you’re no stranger to finding smudges of mascara or BB cream on the towel when you dry your face post-cleanse, then your makeup removal techniques definitely aren’t going to cut it this Halloween. Oil-based cleansers, like our Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm, gently breaks down the makeup. It will gradually melt away until you’ve effectively coaxed off even the most stubborn parts. Another plus? This cleanser comes with a muslin cloth which means you’ll be able to see when you’ve washed everything off, unlike a rinse, and it’s a lot gentler on skin than using a flannel (you’ll get some exfoliation but escape the abrasiveness). Watch out for hard-to-spot places like your hairline and eyebrows.

(2) Do the double cleanse.

So you’re completely de-spooked of makeup? Go in with your second cleanse. For this, you need to be using a cleanser most suited to your skin type, from Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk for sensitive skin, to ClearCalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser for skin prone to breakouts or blemishes. A second cleanse will works away dead skin and impurities, whilst stimulating the circulation, getting the most out of the ingredients in there. More efficient makeup removal? More time in bed.


(3) Be careful of your eyes.

Rubbing your eyes too hard can cause things like irritation that wasn’t there before, or even premature aging around the eyes. It’s a delicate area that needs to be treated with care, so make sure you’re using gentle, circulator motions. Top tip: give your cleanser time to let the makeup soften; things like mascara don’t need to be washed off straight away and giving it time to soften up makes actually taking it off a lot smoother.


(4) Soothe away irritation.

Got time for a quick mask? Whilst you’re brushing your teeth, apply a skin-restorer like our Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask for a quick skin turnaround. Guaranteed to banish flaky patches and buffers against any makeup irritation, this will leave your complexion looking creamy, instantly smooth and it’s formulated with Grifolin to switch-off stress signals in your skin, which a late night might trigger.

(5) Get moisturising.

The final step. Get the look of 8 hours sleep when you’ve only had 3 with a quick moisturise. Our V-Cense Night Cream uses Frankincense and Vitamin C to give the appearance of rested skin the next day, whilst boosting your natural radiance and repairing free radical damage from your excesses of the night. The evidence of your Halloween horrors will be long gone.

Do I have sensitive skin?

6 months ago

Do I have sensitive skin?

A few things on sensitivity that you might not know.

Skin is sensitive by nature, and it’s made this way to protect us. It’s our body’s largest organ, and just like our other organs, it’s been designed to call the alarm when something isn’t right. We all encounter triggers day to day that cause our skin to become reactive – factors you may not even realize are there. From an office air-con boost in summer to simply using a new face cream, your skin can become sensitized at any time.

There’s only a very small minority of people that are actually born with naturally sensitive skin, but the chances are, you’ve experienced some of the usual suspects that sensitivity triggers. Think redness, irritation, dryness or inflammation, ranging from barely there to chronic. Sound familiar? It’s likely that when these signs have struck, your skin has become sensitized as a result of what it’s been exposed to, rather than having inherently sensitive skin. There’s no real way of defining the exact causes of skin sensitivity, as our skin is exposed to internal and external changes every day, all relative to each of us (genetics have a part to play), but there are some key triggers to look out for.

From external to internal, what are the main causes of skin sensitivity?

UV Rays – Been burnt in the past? Your skin’s natural reaction to over-exposure of sunlight is to switch on the redness. It’s a visual signal to protect you and prevent further, long-lasting damage.

Outdoor pollutants - As if pollution wasn’t bad enough for our lungs, it’s also causing our skin to become more sensitized. Car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and industrial emissions – a few of the types of the external pollutants that we encounter day-to-day, causing skin to become reactive.

Indoor pollutants – Even inside, you’re exposed to air pollution that’s coming into contact with your skin and causing it to react. Cleaning solvents, fireplaces and pesticides are all the usual suspects that play a part in building up indoor air pollution.

Aggressors
Hydration

Stress – Stress particularly aggravates skin as it initiates a chemical response in your body that makes skin noticeably more sensitive. Not only that, stress prolongs the skin’s healing process and breakouts become pretty likely. Not exactly helpful when you’re already stressed, but it’s your skin’s way of telling you to take it easy.

Overuse of Products - Don’t assume that your skincare is always helping you out. Sensitivity can be as simple as overusing, or simply using, the wrong products. Products that contain harsh ingredients, irritants or sensitizers (from natural or synthetic sources) can initiate a sensitivity in skin that wasn’t there before.

Dehydration – Not getting enough water? If you’re not drinking your 6-8 classes each day, your skin isn’t getting the hydration it needs. Dehydrated skin increases sensitivity, as dryness and dehydration are precursors to sensitized skin. Too much alcohol is just as dehydrating as not drinking water in the first place, too.

Nutrition – What about your five-a-day? If you’re overdoing it with the junk food, you’re replacing the nutrients you should be feeding your body with processed substitutes. Poor eating habits can causes the body to lose essential nutrients that encourage healthy skin.

If these are the causes, should I still be using sensitive skin-type products?

Yes, if they work for you. REN was born as a solution to sensitivity, so as you’d expect, we’re pretty good at this stuff. Our best-selling Evercalm range, pioneering the use of revolutionary active ingredients to combat skin sensitivity, training skin to be less sensitive over time by regulating its immune response. Clinically-proven, our Evercalm range is more than a quick-fix for redness, whatever the sensitivity is that you encounter today.

Your daily duo to combat sensitivity comes in cleanser and moisturiser form. Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel or Gentle Cleansing Milk, depending on your preference, contains bio-actives from Calendula to soothe, and Omega 3 and 7 to boost your skin’s lipid content, strengthening that defence barrier. Used alongside our (bestselling) Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, containing actives that work to hydrate, soothe and protect, you’re on the way to getting that calm back.

Need a boost? Our Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, in particular, has been formulated to switch-off stress signals using Grifolin (ahem, a first-to-market use of this wonder-ingredient), through blocking the stress signals between the skin and the brain; it helps the skin calm and redness reduce instantly. Our Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum contains Milk Polypeptides to calm and strengthen skin, while Beta-Glucan soothes redness and irritation. Team these up with your daily duo, and you’ve got sensitivity sussed.

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Evercalm

Skincare, the Clean way.

6 months ago

Skincare, the Clean way.

Clean up your act when it comes to your skin.

Navigating yourself within the world of skincare can be a challenge. Looking out for what’s in your products has, rightly so, become just as important as looking out for what’s not. We get it if you feel like you need a magnifying glass and a translator to find out what you need to know. And that’s still easier said than done. That’s why we’re here, to clean things up.

REN’s definition of Clean Skincare.

A word you’ve heard in the beauty industry, but what does it really mean? For REN, Clean Skincare means no compromise. It means not having to choose between natural ingredients and clinically-proven results. It means saying no to controversial ingredients and potential irritants, and yes to powerful, active ingredients extracted from natural and mineral sources. Not only that, it means considering the environmental impact of the products you consume – as well as the waste you throw away. Oh, and REN means Clean in Swedish.

What’s in?

For as long as we’ve existed, we’ve challenged the convention that skincare can either be natural or effective, not both. Since 2000, when ‘clean skincare’ was just a twinkle in the eye of the beauty industry – REN pushed the boundaries of skin science, renouncing controversial synthetics or skin-harsh ingredients in favor of safe alternatives that deliver the same high-levels of performance. With deep understanding of skin chemistry and unwavering faith in the potency of nature, we scour the globe to uncover the latent, skin-transformational powers of plants and minerals.

Using advanced bio-science to extract high concentrations of active ingredients from clean sources, and cellular bio-chemistry to rigorously test their efficacy and skin-compatibility, our team of scientists formulate powerful, pleasurable products that work with your skin, for real and lasting results.

Bio-chemistry
No

What’s out?

No nasties. No unnecessaries. From day one, we decided that every ingredient in a REN product must either positively benefit long-term skin health, or support the safety and integrity of the formulation. Our commitment to Clean skincare means we say NO to harmful toxins, harsh chemicals, controversial ingredients, potential irritants, or any ingredient linked to internal health disruption. Using bio-science to extract the most effective actives from naturally-derived sources, REN delivers performance, purity and pleasure in a bottle. Great skin starts from within – so we leave the nasties out.

Performance

REN pushes the frontiers of skin science to help skin to help itself, creating pioneering formulations from naturally-derived bio-actives, rigorously tested and clinically proven to deliver results, as well as using innovative, airless packaging for optimized performance.

Purity

REN is uncompromising in the use of skin-friendly ingredients, ethically-sourced 100% plant and mineral actives, no skin-unfriendly synthetics, irritants or animal derivatives, and uses recyclable packaging wherever possible, and always using recyclable materials.

Pleasure

REN believes in the transformational power of touch and scent, with luxuriant textures and subtle, natural fragrances for an inner feel-good that shows on the outside.

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The problem with pollution.

6 months ago

The problem with pollution.

How to protect your skin against pollution.

Second to the sun, pollution is one of the most damaging environmental aggressors out there. Car exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and industrial emissions – just a few of the undesirables on the street that are having an invisible, yet detrimental, impact on your skin.

Live in a city? You’re affected. Live in the middle of nowhere? Yep, you’re affected. Perhaps not as much as city-dwellers, but it is there, even though you can’t see it. Wherever you are the world, chances are that your skin is exposed to pollution every day, and it’s doing more damage than just making your skin feel grubby.

Give me the science.

Once your skin is exposed to pollution, cue free-radical mayhem. Air pollution particles (PM) are about 2.5 micro-meters in size (that’s about the quarter of the width of a human hair). Because they’re so small, they can be absorbed into the layers of your skin, releasing free radicals which attack the collagen and elastin, all while disrupting the skin’s defence barrier (something that our skincare expects work very hard to protect). The consequences? Premature ageing, (something none of us want anyway, never mind prematurely), as well as visible dullness and irritation that definitely wasn’t there before.

We tend to turn a blind eye to these harmful free-radicals found in smog and environmental pollution that are ageing us, day by day, if just for the sake of our sanity. The invisible nature of pollution lends it to be something you can ignore with ease in the short-term, but it’s a little harder down the line when you’re wearing those years of pollution on your face.

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What's the answer?

Protection. Just like SPF, protecting your skin with anti-oxidant, omega and nutrient rich creams makes a significant difference in the amount to which free-radicals are able to penetrate your skin. Yes, you can believe the double-cleansing hype - it is doing its bit to remove all the debris you’ve encountered through the day from your complexion, but stopping pollution at the first hurdle is a significantly better bet for the long term.

You need to protect – enter Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream - containing Omega 3 and 7 oils that work to reduce inflammation and boost the skin’s lipid content, restoring moisture and providing a natural barrier against pollution and irritants. Aside from just the long-term effects, environmental aggressors are perpetrators of temporarily sensitized skin – turns out your redness and irritation isn’t your natural ‘skin-type’.

You need a shield. Our Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist reinforces your shield against air pollution particles, and even contains an active ingredient which boosts your skins own production of antioxidants and it’s antioxidant capacity (bio-actives scientific name - Quercetin), meaning that it provides the skin with the materials for it to create the protective shield itself. Pretty clever, right?

Protect from the inside out.


There’s more you can do against the effects of pollution than just protecting skin with your skincare regime. Combined with drinking enough water (six to eight glasses) to flush toxins through your body, healthy diets can similarly support your skin’s health, especially when rich in anti-oxidant-plenty fruit and veg (think blueberries, strawberries, kale, etc.)

Just because your skin is protected, doesn’t mean you can’t do more for the cause. Get commute-smart and start using public transport (or better, walking) to work over driving, or simply just conserving the energy you use – lights off – to make a little but vital difference. There’s a lot of things we can do to make the world we all share a little bit cleaner.

Go Clean. Feel REN.

How much product should I be using?

6 months ago

How much product should I be using?

Got skincare FAQ’s? You name it, we’ve got the answer.

The problem with skincare.

Now with more steps than you can clock-up on your Fitbit in a day, our skincare regimes are always growing. As a result, so are the list of frequently asked questions that we’re asked here at REN HQ, put to our skincare experts and in need of answers. ‘How much do I use?’, ‘How often do I exfoliate?’ and ‘When do you double-cleanse?’ If these are things that go through your head on a daily basis, keep your eyes peeled here for some expert answers to your skincare queries.

How much product should I be using?

Today, we’re answering one of the basics. How much to use is a balancing act and getting it right will help you (and your skin) out. Let’s face it – skincare doesn’t grow on trees and overdoing it isn’t something we recommend (just in favor of your purse, not to mention the potential effects it’s having on your skin). Nevertheless, you need to be getting enough product actually on your skin to absorb it effectively, soaking in and giving you the optimum benefits that you’ve invested in (and deserve).

The phrase ‘too much of a good thing’ is more than appropriate when it comes to how much of each product you’re putting on every day (and sometimes, twice a day). Being hard to measure and differing by individual, we’re often overcompensating with the amounts we’re putting on our skin, thinking the results will, in turn, double as well. In reality, it’s the reverse.

How much cleanser should I be using?

We tend to use way more cleanser than we actually need - just to be on the safe side - but really, you need approximately the size of a hazelnut for one cleanse. Double cleansing in the evening? Try half the amount during the first cleanse (ideally using a balm cleanser), then follow up with the second, using half again, to get skin feeling spotlessly clean and prevent using excessive amounts.

How much moisturiser should I be using?

Getting this one right is important. You are probably using more moisturiser than you think, and too much of the stuff will be difficult for skin to absorb (and probably be clogging your pores as a result). Using too little? This can lead to dryness, sensitivity and that dull-look that none of us want. The size of a blueberry should be about right, but check your skin after a few minutes of application to see if it’s absorbed fully, and adjust if needed.

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How much face mask should I be using?

The length of time you leave on a mask is the key to getting a face mask right, but it’s also important not to apply too much. The size of a strawberry should be about right, and a little more if you’re applying on your neck, too.

How much eye cream (or eye gel) should I be using?

Eye cream differs from person to person, but a little goes a long way with this one. In fact, eye cream is the most overused skincare product. The skin around the eye is the most fragile of the entire face, and if any excess migrates to the eye, it can cause sensitivity or redness. Work with the size of a rice grain for each eye, and add more if you think it’s needed.


How much serum should I be using?

Less is definitely more when it comes to serums, especially as they’re becoming more advanced in formulation. Containing increasingly concentrated levels of actives, doubling-up the amount you’re using may lead to skin irritation, if you’re not careful. Stick to an amount similar to the size of a pea, and you’ll be good to go whatever serum you’re using.

Got more questions? Let us know and we’ll try and answer them next time.

Go Clean. Feel REN.

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Five ways to find calm.

6 months ago

Five ways to find calm.

Take the time to make your day that little bit calmer.

Been running on overdrive? Taking time out for you is often overlooked, but one of the most important things we can do for a healthy mind. Getting caught up in the day-to-day stresses is unavoidable; in a blink the week’s passed you by. We’ve all been there, and as an escape to a yoga retreat in Bali isn’t on the cards as often as we’d like when tensions rise, here are some tips for keeping calm that don’t require a passport.

Take your time to be mindful.

Staying in the present moment, amidst a busy lifestyle (using the term busy lightly, here), is much easier said than done. Especially when making time for dinner often feels like an accomplishment in itself, let alone planning tomorrows. We know the drill – there’s just not enough time to sit down, legs crossed and be Zen. But, there are times through the day we don’t even recognize as ‘me’ time, and these are your times to be mindful. Take, for instance, that ten minutes while you wash up, or while you’re blow-drying your hair, these are moments that even the busiest of us still have to make time for, but are potential gems of opportunity for you to pay more attention to your thoughts, feelings and the world around you. The health benefits of mindfulness? Encouraging a healthy lifestyle and a calmer mind. You might even find yourself looking forward to the chores.

Turn off to switch off.

We know that a Netflix-binge straight before bed isn’t exactly healthy for our sleeping patterns. Especially when it involves watching a series specifically designed to keep you up at night. But, despite our efforts, we go back time and time again to the laptop before bed, as, quite frankly, it requires minimal effort on our behalf when we’re feeling pretty depleted of energy at the end of a long day. So how can we get the best of both worlds? Trying to cut down the amount of episodes you’re watching is a good start. Still letting you get your fix will help you stick to it, but shutting it off at least an hour before you switch off gives your body enough time to de-wire. You wouldn’t let yourself have a cup of coffee before bed, so treating technology in the same way means only good things for your sleep-routine.

Walk it out.

Exercising to relax. Seems like a slight contradiction? Powerwalking or jogging has been proven to relax the senses, enabling you to feel calmer and balances stress hormones. Whether you get your kicks with a jog at the break of dawn, or prefer to sweat it out on the treadmill, getting rid of your end of the week tension is best cured when moving, in our experience. Releasing endorphins (or feel-good hormones) through exercise works to relax that built-up tension that comes along with the daily-grind. As simple as taking the stairs, it’s going to help you gather your thoughts and reap the health benefits.

The art of bathing.

There’s a good reason behind why we turn to the tub at the end of a long day, and why it’s especially appealing at night time. Bathing regularly has been proven to increase levels of positivity. The bath is one of the only places we can’t reach for our technology (unless you really are a risk taker) or get distracted, so it’s some much-needed time out; an opportunity to really calm your thoughts and your senses. Tranquil music, bath salts and candles are all added extras that will give you that feeling of Zen. So, why are we so inclined to bath at night-time? Immersing yourself in warm water can help you get a good night’s sleep. After bathing (warm, not too hot), that dip in body temperature as you quickly cool down is one of the signals for the body to start producing the hormone that induces sleep. So, taking a bath one-to-two hours before bed is actually doing more good than we realize, getting you well-rested for the next day.

Get outside

When did you last get outside, for the sole reason of being outside? That feeling of rejuvenation, as though our bodies have been re-set, that you get when you come back from holiday is something you can still experience back at home, any time of year. The great outdoors really is that when it comes to giving you that feeling of relaxation. The bonus? An increase in Vitamin-D exposure does wonders for our positivity, elevating our mood, whilst fresh air encourages a clarity of mind and a sense of gratitude we don’t get indoors. Heading somewhere without Wi-Fi might also be a blessing in disguise, too, restricting our urge to be online and switched on throughout the day.

Go Clean. Feel REN.