I love beauty products and spend quite a bit of money on them and a lot of time reading beauty blogs, but I rarely feature them on my blog. I would like to change that and feature them more regularly, although I'll never make a beauty blogger. You see, I am pretty loyal to products. Once I find something I love I stick with it and buy it again and again. I also hate clutter so try to only buy face and body products when others run out. I hate having anymore than a couple of cleansers or one or two moisturisers rattling around in my bathroom. Although I wish I could be so sensible when it comes to some items of make up. I have a draws full of foundation, blushers, eye shadows and nail polish!
I had been using Liz Earle cleanser, toner and moisturiser pretty loyally for well over a year, but when I became pregnant by skin changed. It had always been quite dehydrated but it became far more sensitive and irritated. I developed the odd spot (I never get spots, even as a teenager I'd only get one or two a year) and my skin just felt really hot and looked quite red. My beloved Liz Earle Cleanser just seemed too harsh on my skin and I didn't look forward to using it in the way I used to.
I had wanted to try REN products for a while. I love their natural ethos. There skincare products are free from parabens, sulphates mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, T.E.A, D.E.A, glycols, silicones, PEGs etc which sounds ideal to me because I've been doing a lot of reading into chemicals in beauty products since becoming pregnant and I really want to clean up my beauty regime.
So after some research I settled on their Hrdra Calm Range and purchased the cleanser and the matching Hydra-calm Global Protection Day Cream. I am so glad I did. It could be coincidence and a change in hormones, but my skin felt so much better in about three days. This product seemed to do exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle), it hydrated my skin and it calmed my skin. My skin just instantly felt soothed and less irritated. I actually started to look forward to taking my make-up off.
I usually one use one squirt of this, rub it between my hands then massage it into my skin. I then use a hot, damp face cloth or muslin cloth to smooth it off. It works really well for taking my face make-up off and doesn't leave any trace of foundation. The only problem with this is that whilst it doesn't say to avoid contact with eyes I find it uncomfortable to use on my eyes. I personally don't have a problem with this. I always use waterproof mascara and often wear quite a bit of eye liner so I prefer to use a separate eye make-up remover first. This avoids panda eyes and spreading black make-up all over my face. This is something I have always preferred to do even when I have used cleansers that are OK to use for removing eye make-up.
This is my second bottle of this cleanser and I will definitely repurchase. I love the design of the packaging in that it squeezes out every last bit of cleanser (much in the same way as Liz Earle), but because it is clear you can also see exactly how much is left. I will do a review on the matching face cream soon and I have also bought a night cream.