Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

I subscribe to Ipsy, a monthly beauty subscription. When you review the samples you receive you get points and you can use the points to pick a sample. I used my points to get this 15 ml sample of Glycolic Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. On the Ren website, a 50 ml bottle will set you back $55 so a 15 ml sample for just points is fairly generous.

From the Ren Skin Care website:

A potent bio active peel mask designed to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone. A cocktail of four AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) including glycolic acid from pineapple, lactic acid from passion fruit, citric acid from lemon, and tartaric acid from grape create multiaction exfoliation. It lifts dead skin and resurfaces to dramatically improve skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance, while minimizing the appearance of pores and reducing sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and old acne scars.


  • Removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion
  • Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Combats congestion, blackheads, and blemishes

How to use:

Apply a generous amount onto clean skin over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes. Dampen enclosed cloth and gently wipe off mask. Rinse skin with warm water. Slight tingling may be experienced during application. Use weekly. Not recommended for sensitive skin or for use just after shaving. 

Research results:
In a study conducted on 22 women after just 1 use:
– 100% of women reported a radiance and firming effect
– 96% of women considered their skin smoother and firmer
– 95% of women reported a visible pore minimizing effect
– 91% of women considered their skin more radiant
– 77% of women reported less visible lines and wrinkles


Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Lactic Acid, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Alcohol Denat., Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tocopherol.


This was not what I expected right out of the tube. It was a very odd consistency. It had a jelly-like texture and felt thick when I was spreading it on my face. It smells terrible and it’s hard to describe the smell. It is almost a musty smell with a hint of medicine. I don’t like it at all.

I removed my makeup and washed my face before applying the mask. It did not burn when applying or at any time while it was on my face. Luckily I didn’t notice that terrible smell once I had the mask on.

I left it on for 10 minutes and wiped it off with a damp washcloth. I didn’t get a cloth with my sample so I have no idea what it might have looked like. I might have been better to use a microfiber cloth. I may try that next time.

I have to be honest and say I saw no results from this mask. I saw no radiance, no firmness, no reduction in wrinkles or fine lines, no visible pore minimizing effect. My face felt smooth but not significantly more than usual.

It is possible that my sample is bad since it has that odd smell. It didn’t irritate my skin so I have to assume that it is ok. Given my experience, I would not buy this. Especially not at $55 for 1.7 oz.

Have you tried this mask? Was your experience more positive than mine? Do you have a favorite AHA mask?

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