Do you know that feeling when you try a product for the first time and you instantly know that it’s just right for you? That’s how I felt when I first used the REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk. I was really struggling with dehydrated skin this winter with temperatures constantly at freezing and far below. Going between that and the dry, hot air inside certainly didn’t help either. No matter how much moisturizer I would use my skin would look gray, dull, and lifeless.
Once I decided to revamp my skin care routine, a cleansing milk was very high up on my wish list because I was looking for a product that would gently cleanse my skin without stripping it. The REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk has gotten pretty rave reviews all around and after receiving a sample of it at Sephora a while back I was sold. The first time I put it on, I felt like my skin was in heaven. This cleansing milk has a creamy consistency that is definitely thicker than your average cleansing milk. It’s not runny at all but closer to a balm in that regard. The rich consistency makes it very moisturizing. If your skin is dehydrated like mine was, it will actually absorb the cleanser a bit. You can see and feel it sink into your skin – that’s how nourishing it is.
I use this cleansing milk in the mornings or at night after my first cleanse with the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. One pump dispenses just the perfect amount for my entire face. I apply it to dry skin and I can almost feel my skin breathing a sigh of relief. I massage it in for a few minutes which is my ‘me’ time – time to relax and enjoy a bit of pampering. I then use a hot wash cloth to thoroughly remove every last trace of it and I can immediately see a difference in my skin tone. My skin looks refreshed, hydrated, and nourished and feels baby smooth.
One thing I like about the REN brand is their air-tight packaging. The product is contained in a vacuum-sealed pouch inside a clear plastic container. The pouch will shrivel up (for lack of better words) as you dispense the product. I still have to wait until I get closer to finishing this cleanser to tell whether this concept will actually allow all of the product to be dispensed. Beside that concern I think it’s a great design because it keeps the product hygienic and ensures that it won’t spoil as fast. The clear plastic outer container means that you can always see how much product is still left so you won’t run the risk of running out unexpectedly.
I usually don’t buy into the hype of all-natural products for the simple reason that just because an ingredient is derived from plant sources doesn’t mean that it’s automatically good for your skin. However, I do appreciate that REN products are formulated without synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, petrolatum, sulfate detergents, synthetic colours, animal ingredients, parabens and many other potentially irritating ingredients.
One thing worth mentioning is that this cleanser has recently been renamed. It’s now called the Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. I haven’t had a chance yet to try the new version but the ingredients list is the same as the one on my bottle. The Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk has been pulled from the shelves but you can find the Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk at Sephora, Nordstrom, or ren.com for $28 for 5.1 fl oz.
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