11 Oct 2012

REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate review

So... I've been putting acid on my face at night, as you do, and it's going really well - that sums this post up pretty well.  Okay so not acid acid, but sort of - it's alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA as it's much less scarily known.  It's a big deal in the beauty world right now - AHAs are like liquid exfoliants for the skin.  There are no rough particles or scrubbing involved here, the complex combo of concentrated acids only need to be smoothed on like a serum to work a little resurfacing magic over night.

I tried AHA many years ago in the form of a product called Liquid Gold which my Mum bought from QVC.  Back then my skin complaints mainly consisted of spottiness and oiliness and I didn't find that Liquid Gold helped me in any noticeable way.  Fast forward a few (cough) years and I'm now looking at an AHA product to target a whole different issue - fine lines and general unevenness - and to give me that enviable bright and smooth complexion.  This time the product is by REN and it's called Resurfacing AHA Concentrate.

REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate | £30 | REN

Ren say that the concentrate gently exfoliates so skin appears radiant, even toned and smooth, reduces the appearance of pore size and fine lines and improves moisture retention and the efficacy of your skincare routine.  The concentrate is designed to be used at night which is when the skin gets busy renewing itself while we sleep.  The instructions say to apply one pipette of the product, and that is actually all you need - plenty for the whole face.   They also say that you might experience some tingling the first few times.  I didn't, and actually my skin can be quite sensitive to some products, so I was surprised not to get even a teeny bit of a tingle.  This may mean I have skin as tough as old boots, but nevermind. 

I've been using the Resurfacing AHA concentrate for nearly 3 weeks now, and the little bumps I get on my cheeks (which I think is caused by skin congestion) seem to be slowly moving along.  I can't explain to you how happy this makes me as no amount of painstaking exfoliation with regular scrubs and masks has made the slightest difference in the past.  It's not an instant miracle product, but I can see a gradual improvement and that's a big deal to me in this area.

I'm going to keep on using this every night and fingers crossed the results will intensify over time.  I'd say I'm about a quarter of the way through the bottle so far, so it'll probably last me at least two months more.  If it keeps the pesky little bumps at bay I'll certainly be buying another bottle.  

This is my first time trying something from REN and clearly it was a good place to start.  There are several products in their 'Radiance ' range so it might be a good idea for me to try them in combination with the night time concentrate to get an even better result.  

Have you tried any AHA products and did you notice an improvement in your skin?
*PR sample


  1. I've tried a sample of the Glycolactic Mask and I really liked it but I think it's something that takes a few weeks of use to make a noticeable difference (as you say). When I told my boyfriend it was an acid mask he told me to get it off my face haha!

  2. I love this so much, it completely transformed my skin!

    Jennie xo sailorjennie.com

  3. You are the first person who has mentioned Liquid Gold and not loved it! I'm really debating whether to try this product or the liquid gold. Decisions decisions!




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