One of the discoveries I’ve made as I’ve gotten older is that the most important beauty tools aren’t cosmetics, but skin-care products. Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some makeup… But while a top-notch concealer is a life- (and face) saver when dark circles or blemishes have made an ugly appearance, even more important are products to prevent and treat said circles and zits.
Beauty editor’s best friend
I started to take skin care more seriously when I began working with beauty editors, who, surprisingly, tend to be a minimal makeup bunch. Rather than raving about the newest lash-lengthening mascara or illuminating foundation, the crew I worked alongside extolled the importance of good skin care, and they had the luminous complexions to make me a believer.
A key to get glowing is regular exfoliation with the right product for your skin type. Several months ago I came across such a product, REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. It’s meant to be applied weekly for 10 minutes, and I’ve found it leaves my fair, slightly sensitive, somewhat hyper-pigmented skin glowing. Funny thing is my Asian best friend, who fights oiliness and rosacea, also loves it.
REN is a British company that focuses on green beauty, and indeed this mask features passion-fruit extract, grape, pineapple, lemon, omega 3 and 7, has no petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrances, and wasn’t tested on animals. So you can feel sort of virtuous as you give your skin some TLC.
There’s a caution on the box that it’s not meant for skin prone to sensitivity, so if you tend to that type, ask for a sample before purchasing. Another bonus: while not cheap, the product retails for about $66 Cdn, or $55 US, which as any beauty junkie knows is a “pretty” good price. If you want to give your hands a “hand,” treat them to the mask occasionally, too.