Ren was my first foray into premium skincare a good few years ago now. I bought a lip balm in Selfridges and it was one of my most favourite lip balms, I’m broken hearted that they no longer make it.
After that I’ve used their cleansers, moisturisers and masks. My favourite masks are definitely their Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (I reviewed it here) and the Flash Rinse1 Minute Facial which is the perfect instant pick-me-up. So when I heard about the new Ren Perfect Canvas* I was very interested in trying it out.
What is Ren Perfect Canvas? It’s a lightweight serum that you apply after your moisturiser and before makeup application (or just to help even out skin if you don’t wear makeup). It’s full of active ingredients like Alpha-Glucans that help to rebalance the skin through the promotion of friendly bacteria, Agave Extract mattifies and smooths the skin like a primer but without the use of silicone (which I love, I am not a fan of silicone primers), and Pro-Biotic Extract which acts like a catalyst to help boost the production of proteins and enzymes to improve the skin’s natural barrier while generally improving the skin’s overall structure. So essentially it’s a multipurpose treatment serum and primer in one and I actually love it.
From the first use the skin instantly appears fresher and smoother which is a definite bonus for me first thing on the morning. The light, clear serum is dispensed from a rather sleek looking glass bottle by using a dropper. I find 2-3 drops is enough to easily cover all the face. The serum sinks in fast leaving the skin mattified, smooth and soft. The serum has a gentle pleasing scent (from natural derivatives) and I haven’t experienced any kind of irritation or upset on my sensitive skin. Oh and this might be a coincidence (if this changes I’ll update here) but I’ve been having terrible hormonal breakouts around my jaw but since using this I’ve not had any. Ren do say that Perfect Canvas helps boost the
skin’s natural immune system which results in less breakouts. As I say this may be a coincidence but still worth mentioning, I think.
There are lots of reasons I like this serum/primer hybrid but I think the fact that it genuinely does what it says is actually impressive. It manages to fill and smooth the skin without the use of silicone so if you are particularly sensitive to silicone or find it just doesn’t do the job this is definitely for you. Ren Perfect Canvas controls oil really well throughout the day, my oily t-zone barely needs touching up when I use this. It also makes my foundation just look better and last longer too. Also, I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my skin in the 3 and a bit weeks I’ve been using it.
Now, while this isn’t cheap (it’s currently £50) you are getting an incredible primer (free of silicone) and a serum in one. Other high-end primers are around £30 mark and that’s without the skin-loving benefits. The serum also goes a long way; I reckon I’ll get a good few months out of this bottle from everyday use. I love a high performing, multitasking
product and Ren Perfect Canvas is a very welcome addition to my minimal skincare and makeup routine.
To find out more about Ren Perfect Canvas and to buy please visit here.
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