Apr 14, 2014
Sarah's skincare week: REN Cleansing Balm
Hello beauty friends!
This week is all about skincare! I've been "slightly" obsessed lately. I tend to get very obsessive about certain things - and lately it has been skincare. So I thought this week I would devote my blogging to that topic!
This is one of my recent additions to my skincare routine - thanks to a review from Caroline Hirons.
REN Rosa Centifolia No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm
$58 Cdn from Sephora
I had never used a cleansing balm before. I shied away from anything "oily" or "greasy" as I thought that would cause my skin to generate more oil and cause more breakouts.
Since reading blogs by so many skincare experts, I now know that is not the case. Some oils are in fact very good for your skin - and can reduce oil production in your skin by balancing and calming. I use Clarins Lotus Oil daily and have found my skin to be a lot calmer since using it.
When I went to pay for this at Shoppers, the girl raved about it - how it was one of her favourite products - and mixed up samples of some other REN products for me to try as well. She said they are very, very good for sensitive skin - which I do have.
This is a really interesting product. It is like a tub of Vaseline almost in consistency. You apply it to your skin and it melts into an oil. Then you apply some water to your fingers and it emulsifies into a rich cleansing milk. It comes with a cloth to use for rinsing it off but I've been using my regular wash cloths.
When I rinse this off, my skin already feels softer and moisturized as well as thoroughly clean. It is a lovely feeling. You really don't need much product at all. It rubs in very easily and it washes off very easily as well. It takes all of my makeup off - even eyeshadow - without any problems at all. When I use a toner afterwards, there is no residue left on the cotton pad at all.
In terms of eye makeup - you will need an eye makeup remover for your mascara as usual - don't make the mistake I made on day one and get this in your eyes. It hurts!
But overall, this is a lovely cleanse for my evening skincare routine.