When you get a pot this small asking for £40 it needs to contain something very special indeed. I don’t like the idea that there might be a ‘clean’ surcharge – paying more for keeping the planet tidy and your skin free from unfriendly ingredients seems every kind of wrong. However, the REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm does feel pretty damn good on the skin – in fact, one of the most lovely balms I think I’ve ever used. I continue to think that REN has put itself in a price bracket that its consumers can’t maintain…and that there’s room for a ‘REN Basics’ range…(I’ve suggested it.. deaf ears, deaf ears!) but what do I know? I love this brand and rarely come across anything that isn’t a fine example of its kind.
You can see in the picture above that it’s a beautiful, sleek and glossy balm, a million miles away from the hefty, oil laden balms that lie shinily on your skin. Made for skin that’s sensitive or prone to sensitive moments, it’s all about lipids – if your skin is lacklustre, dry and rough-feeling, it’s probably short on natural skin lipids (protective oils that keep skin soft, comfortable and supple). This balm is formulated with lipids from olive, almond, borage and linseed oils, treated for easy absorption. You’d benefit from this if your skin is weather beaten, over-sunned or naturally very dry. In terms of skin feel, it doesn’t have that thick, oily texture that many balms have – it forms a mildly waxy feel over the complexion (reassuring as it prevents more moisture leaving your skin) and is high in comfort.
My skin isn’t sensitive particularly so it’s very difficult to say what it can do in terms of soothing, but think of it more as an SOS cream that’s perfect after outdoor exercise or dry flare ups. Oh, I should also mention that a little goes a long way – it’s a loose formula so you can be frugal with it as you don’t need much. Everything about this is recyclable. It’s at M&S HERE.
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