Hi guys and welcome to the second day of skincare week. Yesterday’s post was a review of all of my previous reviews, so today it seems fitting to do yet another review. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out a new exfoliator, the product in question is the Ren Ready Steady Glow. And, spoiler, I love it. Even if calling it ‘Steady Glow’ did knock yours truly down a point in Google rankings.
You get a very large bottle for a fairly reasonable price. It’s a 250ml bottle which retails for £25. This is an exfoliator very similar to the Pixi Glow Tonic in terms of how you use it and performance. The ingredients, however are very different (we’ll get to that later). It’s a standard use twice a day by wiping a saturated cotton pad over your face kind of product, making it very easy to use.
I have mixed feelings about the packaging but that’s all forgiven because of the pump. The bottle itself is a little bulky, it isn’t the most travel friendly item I’ve ever owned. I’m not that happy with the clear plastic packaging in terms of ingredient stability and sun damage either.
It saves itself though by having the best pump ever. To dispense the product, you have to press your cotton pad onto the pump. This is amazing as it means it’s almost impossible to get too much, you can’t spill it and it makes potential leaks far less likely too.
Arguably, the most important part. I’ve already likened this to the Pixi Glow Tonic; the Pixi product uses glycolic acid to exfoliate, which can be too rough for some people to use, myself included. This product contains lactic acid as it’s exfoliant. It’s the third ingredient on the label, after water and sodium lactate (the salt form of lactic acid), meaning it’s fairly strong. Other main ingredients include willow bark extract, which can have a similar result as salicylic acid, and azelaic acid which is used to brighten the skin.
The negatives of this formula:
- It contains fragrance
- There are a couple of citrus ingredients on the list which can irritate sensitive skin, although my own sensitive skin hasn’t had any issues with this product.
I don’t usually give sensitivity its own section in reviews, but I thought as an exfoliating product, it was worthy of one. For sensitive skin, the need to exfoliate can be an incredibly tough battle, especially if you have dry skin with a lot of texture issues or pores that get clogged easily. It can be a constant battle between using weaker exfoliators that don’t seem to have any impact or stronger ones which cause irritation, redness, burning sensations etc.
This product is both strong enough to work and gentle enough not to cause me any irritation. And this is the first product I’ve found that does that. I think that could possibly be down to the lactic acid rather than glycolic as I’ve used other products from Ren that also contain lactic and don’t irritate my skin.
Last year I did a post called ‘The Best Exfoliator Ever’ about the 10% Glycolic from Peter Thomas Roth (which has now been discontinued). As much as I loved that product, it was a battle to find the right balance between using it enough to have smooth skin and using it so much my face started to burn (the correct ratio was once every 2/3 days).
This product performs brilliantly without any of that stress. I saw a noticeable difference in my skin’s texture and appearance after just two days of use, morning and night with no irritation. After around three weeks of use, at least once a day, my skin still showed no signs of being irritated by this product and was continuing to stay bright, clear and smooth. I stopped using it when my period arrived as my heightened sensitivity meant even warm water was irritating my face. As soon as that was done, the product was back to causing no problems.
I’m thoroughly enjoying using this product, and extremely happy to have finally found a daily use product that works and doesn’t cause irritation. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is currently on the hunt for a new exfoliator. It’s worth noting that those photos were taken after three weeks of daily use and so little product has gone. I think this is going to last a really long time. The final test? I’ll be repurchasing this when it’s done, without a doubt.
Have you tried this product? I’d love to know what your favourite exfoliators are.
Until next time,
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