If you dream about a glow-y, smooth complexion — the kind that will make even babies sigh and wonder why their cheeks aren't quite as radiant as yours — then you already know that dead skin cells need to be eradicated like the dull leftovers they are. And, if you've ever tried an at-home exfoliating mask, chances are you've encountered stinging, redness, and a whole host of other not-so-fun side effects.
That's not the case with Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, a gentle peel that has quietly but steadily amassed a cult following for its ability to brighten skin without irritation. The mask works its magic through fruit acids, and the entire formula — the entire Ren line, actually — is free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, and animal products. Apply the gel to your clean face, and 10 minutes later, voilà: smaller-looking pores and fine lines, plus brighter skin overall. Don't tell our aesthetician this, but...we've been known to reach for this stuff in lieu of scheduling a facial. It's just that good.
Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, $55, available at Ren.
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