REN’s Glycolic Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Last night we indulged in the bacchanalia that was our office holiday party. We’ll never formally cop to it, but there’s a chance we may have karaoke’d the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right” at one point. All of which means we were definitely not hydrating, and not in our bed at a reasonable hour.

The sad truth? It’s showing on our skin this morning. Despite dutifully removing all makeup with a baby wipe and applying our beloved Sunday Riley Bionic moisturizer, things are looking a little less than plump and radiant in the general facial region.

But when we get home to Chez Haute Talk tonight, we’ll be correcting that with REN’s Glycolic Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. Quite the mouthful, no?

This mask is formulated with natural chemical exfoliants papain (an enzyme found in papaya), and lactic, citric and glycolic acids to break down dead skin cells. Omegas 7 and 3 sooth skin, reduce redness, and encourage cell turnover. Brit brand REN use exclusively plant and mineral derived active ingredients and no synthetic ingredients like parabens, phthalates, etc, a major win in our book.

The mask itself is jammy, saffron colored, and smells rather like apricot. The whole experience is pretty much what we imagine spreading a thick jam all over your face would be like. Apply it all over, and leave on for ten minutes. You may experience some minor tingling if you have more sensitive skin, but nothing too uncomfortable. After ten minutes, REN recommend patting the mask using your fingertips “to raise up the exfoliated layer of dead skin cells.” Depending on how lazy we feel, we may or may not do this. Gently rinsing with warm water seems to work just fine.

As soon as we remove the mask, we’re treated to a more radiant version of our face. Skin is far softer than usual, pores are smaller. We look more glowy, well-rested. It’s superb, in a word. Use once a week and feel infinitely better about yourself.

REN Glycolic Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $55. Available at Sephora, Space NK and Barneys.