REN Flash 1 Minute Facial: First Look

First look

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Fruit is another source of vitamin C

Another source of vitamin C – tasty, but not the most effective delivery method!

Vitamin C happens to be one of my favourite skincare ingredients. If formulated well (and that’s a big if), it has the potential to deliver the killer combination of both instant AND long term benefits to the skin. And that’s not just marketing hype: the benefits have been scientifically proven. They include:

  • instant radiance and clarity to the skin
  • more even skin tone
  • reduction in oxidative (free radical) and UV damage
  • increased collagen synthesis
  • increased skin elasticity and firmness

However (here comes the ‘big if’ I mentioned), there are vitamin C formulations out there that simply do not work. This is usually down to bad formulation, in one or both of the following ways:

  1. the vitamin C content is not protected from oxidising (i.e. degrading – which it is very prone to do) within the packaging or formula
  2. the percentage of vitamin C in the product is too low to produce results.


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As I am sure you are aware, brands unfortunately do not always take product formulation as seriously as they should, instead relying more on the strength of marketing a feel-good factor and a product back-story. So when I buy a product that is making claims off the back of its vitamin C content, I look for a brand that takes product formulation seriously. A brand like REN, in fact.


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So I was excited and intrigued to learn that REN were launching a new vitamin C product called Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.

Top 5 Skincare Launches of 2014

My Top 5 Skincare Launches of 2014

Top 5

Firstly, Happy New Year to y’all!

So I thought I would start 2015 with a series of ‘Top 5’ pieces that look back at some of my favourite products of 2014. First up, we have ‘My Top 5 Skincare Launches’. Strangely for me, there was little debate when it came to finalising this list, because for once I had very clear favourites in this category.

Believe me, I trial a lot of skincare products, in the never-ending quest for those that truly deliver. In terms of anti-ageing, I do think the top priority for skincare should be sunscreen, closely followed by a topically-applied antioxidant. However, looking down at the list below as I was writing, it couldn’t be clearer that, for skincare at least, I am also drawn to products that achieve radiance and dewiness.

All of the products in this list pick the skin up in one or both of these ways. I believe that both attributes are the sign of good health and youthfulness, and if you have to fake it, fake it!  Better still if you find a product that instantly achieves this effect, but also goes some way to allowing your skin to pick itself up and achieve that look naturally too. I think each of my picks below go some way to fulfilling this brief.

So without further ado, let’s get started on the skincare countdown… (drum roll, please!).