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REN natural skin care

REN skincare

Once the reserve of botanists and eco-warriors, natural skin care products were dismissed as pots of ineffective gunk. The modern woman scoured stores for high-performance ‘miracle’ creams without questioning the sense in dolloping harsh chemicals onto sensitive skin. But the evolution of beauty means we needn’t settle for a compromise. Cult brand REN offers the missing link in skin care, having developed effective, hi-tech products that avoid the nasty chemicals. Healthy skin is now bottled.

LUCY HALPERIN, make up artist

“I am the biggest fan of REN! The Glycolactic mask is amazing. I live in LA and swear by it as I wear sun block everyday. Using it every week leaves my skin so soft and incredibly clean as it takes away the surface dead skin cells.”

Expert tip: “Leave it on for longer than suggested (unless your face starts to tingle) and it will give you an amazing soft fresh complexion afterwards. I use it once a week for 20 minutes rather than 10.”

SARAH CHAPMAN, facialist

“REN Rose Otto Bath Oil is a little drop of heaven. With its precious rose scent and therapeutic powers it is sheer indulgence, leaving your skin silky smooth and your mind transported to an exotic place. Rose otto is one of the most precious and expensive essential oils used for years in calming and regenerative skin care.”

Expert tip: “Add Rose Otto Bath Oil to your bath and let it emulsify to a milk. Keep your doors and windows shut to trap the delicious scent.”

ANTONY BUCK, REN co-founder

“Often people think they have a skin problem when really they have a sensitivity problem. A lot of people switch to our products and suddenly feel their skin is completely different, because putting chemical products on the skin that it was never designed to have on it can cause irritation. Use quick fix, miracle skin care products which include chemicals like retinol on your skin and you will eventually pay a price.”

Expert tip: “The Vcense and Boswellia Serrata Revitalising Repair Cream and Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil are both night products that can be experimented with. A good tip is to apply one drop of Omega 3 serum to your face and neck and then apply the Frankincense cream on top and leave on for a night treatment. Alternatively mix a drop of Omega 3 and a pump of Frankincense in the palm of your hand and apply to the face overnight to wake up with healthier looking skin. These treatments are even suitable for oily skin types.”

Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...