[sample/ad/affiliate] You know what’s doing really well, sales wise, at the moment? Skin care. Being at home, being under stress, changing diets, maybe a glass or two more of wine than usual is taking its toll, apparently. Moisturisers are doing a roaring trade – it seems to be what our skin is craving more than anything. Anything other than skin and hair is struggling although a discussion with a friend yesterday brought the thought that mascara and liner sales might be about to go through the roof if we are to wear masks.

REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream

REN’s newest product is a stellar moisturiser as well as having the added benefit of evening out and brightening skin tone if that’s something you’re keen to do. I’m using a brightening treatment for sponsored content at the moment so other than an overnight test on this, I haven’t really put it through its paces properly but as you know, I’m a fan of REN so I’ve no reason to doubt the credentials.

REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream

It’s sufficiently unctuous to give thirsty skin immediate relief but has an gel-like element so that it’s not weighty. The deal-breaker with this (because it’s expensive at £49 so it should be going over and above) is that it will only target darker patches (sun damage usually) on the skin and won’t lighten your tone overall – which is important if you have deeper tones. The brand is claiming visible brightening within seven days. It’s not, as you might imagine, an acid based cream – it uses encapsulated algae for the targeted patches and phytoglycens (polysaccharides) that give a fairly instant smoothing effect. It might be nice for necks as well, just looking at the ingredient list. It’s HERE, non affiliate HERE.


The thing I have been using regularly during time at home (because it’s forced the issue of my lack of staying power when it comes to a body routine – I suddenly feel I have time!) is the AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum. I started off with CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream which was good, but a bit heavy, then moved on to Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion and finally switched over to Smart Renewal over the course of a month (SM for about 2 weeks). I’ve got a bit of KP on the tops of my legs that comes and goes, influenced greatly by whether I’m moisturising or not. Smart Renewal is easily the best (much as I love Ameliorate) and the quickest – and the bumpiness is hugely reduced. The best thing is about this serum is that it leaves your skin feeling literally so, so silky – I swear it will out-silk anything else – that its an absolute delight. You’re not wondering if it’s working – you can feel that it does! The worst thing about this cream is that it’s £35. However, I reckon that if you use it on target areas – tops of arms and legs – the tube will easily last a couple of months because you don’t need a lot. I’d say a month if you’re using it all over because you actually don’t need a lot. I’ve just checked the REN site (incidentally, they’re being marvellous at sending out free products to hospitals and key workers) for offers or deals – it’s free postage and free samples at the moment for £30 spend and over and a free full size EverCalm with £75+ spend. Smart Renewal is HERE, non-affiliate HERE.

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