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Ren Invisible Pores Detox Mask Review


One thing about the beauty industry that I've learned since I've started blogging is that you can almost never take a product's promises at face value. A mascara promises me 100% the volume? I subtract 90% for a more accurate estimate. A dark spot corrector promises that I'll notice a dramatic difference in 3 weeks? I add six weeks to that promise. I've found that most products do serve their intended purpose, they just don't give you the radical results that you'd expect from their claims.

So when I heard good things about Ren's Invisible Pores Detox Mask, I knew that I would get a good pore cleanse because of the mask's French clay, but I would still wake up the next morning with visible pores and blackheads on my nose. I know that we all hate our large pores and blackheads, but no matter what miracle product we slather on, we're never going to be completely rid of them. With that said, I do think that clay masks like this one from Ren that tone the skin and take away all of the excess oils on our faces can help to even our skin tones and improve the skin's overall texture.


Let's get on with the review!

I don't put much more of the product on my face than the pump that I showed in the above picture, so you don't get a great idea of what this mask looks like when applied generously. Basically, the product is white and feels like slightly wet molding clay. It begins to dry immediately after you expose it to air, so it's fairly important that you're ready to apply it when you pump it out so that it adheres to your face properly and doesn't flake off.

I just used this mask today after a little break from deep cleansing masks, and I must say, my skin felt even better afterwards than I had remembered from previous uses. Once I'd splashed my face with water and patted it dry, I noticed that it had taken all the ruddiness out of my cheeks, which is a big accomplishment for a skincare item in my mind. The excess oils that tend to gather between my eyebrows were gone, and only soft, smooth skin was left. My face felt a little bit more stripped than when I've used something like Omorovicza's Deep Cleansing Mask or Wei's Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask, but that's nothing my nightly application of serum, moisturizer, and facial oil can't fix. It's not too potent for someone with a normal skin type, and it could definitely save acne prone skin. I'd say that it's too strong for someone with dry or dehydrated skin, though. 

In conclusion? This stuff takes the redness out of cheeks and pimples, rids the skin of all excess oil buildup, and leaves you with a smooth, clean slate on which to apply all of your favorite nighttime serums, facial oils, and creams. I'd reserve this as a once a week treatment for maintenance and wouldn't use it more than that unless I had a major breakout come on or had been having a series of bad skin weeks. Cleansing the skin thoroughly like this is great every once in a while, but overdoing it can often do more harm than good. If you want a mud mask that's less potent and can be used more often than once a week during your skin's calm times, I would look elsewhere. 

With all that said, would I repurchase? Yes! This mask is most definitely one of my favorite acne busting staples and I would not like to be caught without it.

If you're interested in the mask, you can purchase it here at Sephora.com for $34.

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