The New Cult Classics...According To Us

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Certain beauty products — think NARS blush in Orgasm, Clinique's Black Honey lipstick — are so good, they're practically famous. And, while we do love so many of those well-known, well-loved products with a loyal following, we've been wondering why others have been quietly flying under the radar. With that in mind, meet our new beauty series, Cult Classics, in which we'll introduce you to the products you really, truly should know about (and try, like, right now). They're not brand new, but trust us: They've got staying power.

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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