I received a few REN products a while ago and was going to do a combined review of how they’re working in conjunction, but decided to mention each of my favourites separately. The ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask had a hero spot in my September Favourites post and video last week, so let’s discuss it in a little more detail. It’s R420 and you can find it at REN online, selected Woolworths and Foschini stores.
This mask couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as my skin was living in some kind of teenage acne nightmare parallel universe. Intended for blemish prone skin. This mask contains Kaolin, Zinc Oxide (which aids skin healing), Willow Bark (to treat inflammation), Colloidal Sulphur (which sounds scary but has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat rashes, is an antioxidant and can help acne, dermatitis and eczema) as well as lavender, chamomile and thyme oils. Paula Begoun probably has bad dreams about it at night due to the essential oils, but it has really put my skin to rest. I’ve been using it twice a week and my skin has cleared up substantially and stopped breaking out. It’s basically like a Zen garden for your face, bringing a bit of serenity back to troubled skin!
It is a thick, greenish cream texture, less clay-like than I expected. It doesn’t dry down and give your skin the tight feeling that clay masks do, but manages to be soothing whilst simultaneously detoxing, exfoliating and decongesting pores. It is anti-microbial so will get rid of bacteria that cause breakouts and also help heal the red marks left over after blemishes have healed. I find it definitely broke the cycle of recurring blemishes and now I’m just left to deal with the aftermath. A targeted daily treatment will speed up the process of fading the red marks, and I continue to use this twice weekly to make sure my skin stays calm.
The only thing I don’t like about this mask is the scent. If you are sensitive to strong smells then you might not be able to face this – personally camphor (which the mask contains) is like kyptonite to me and I can sniff it out at 100 paces. It reminds me of my grandad’s medicine drawer. Some strange people like camphor though, so it’s just personal preference. And It hasn’t stopped me using this mask, nor will it stop me repurchasing it.