V-Cense & Sensibility

So, regular readers, please don’t be alarmed – this blog post doesn’t contain a single reference to vintage bags, vintage brooches or charity shops. It does however touch on some of my other passions – exceptional quality at an incredible price. It’s not a beauty blog either you’ll be pleased to hear – I prefer to think of this post as me sharing a positive story with my friends so please read it with that intention in mind!

I’m (almost) 38 and I’m a red-head with very typically sensitive red-head skin. In fact, sensitive is probably a bit of an understatement-I don’t think I’d allowed myself to understand just how difficult my skin actually was until recently. For many years my skincare routine was a cheap and basic high-street brand cleanser and moisturiser because quite literally using anything else created havoc. In fact, not using anything else could also create havoc – dry skin, spots that lasted weeks and weeks, adult acne…I was terrified to try anything new and also stoically refused to buy into what I thought was a ‘beauty myth’.

My husband is a photographer and frequently works with a wonderful make-up artist Emma (you can find out more about her at emmahanna.com). He very thoughtfully asked Emma for a skincare recommendation a few months back as a gift for me, knowing how upset my skin issues made me feel all too often. And so I became the recipient of a Ren Sensitive Skincare Set. Beautifully packaged in a Deco style tin, it included a cleanser, day cream, night cream and serum.

That was a gift in October and as you can see from my latest spend, just a few months later, I’m completely sold. For the first time in years, my skin is soft, bright and looks properly cared for. I haven’t had a blotch, a spot or a reaction in many weeks. Hubby says my skin looks ‘beautiful’! After years of dealing with problem skin, I’ve realised the problem was mine. I became afraid to look for a good solution as I was obsessively worried about my skin reacting, and I was terrified of buying into an expensive lie.

I should not have worried-let that be a lesson to me.  As a result of my Ren gift, I actually look forward to my skincare routine now. I especially love using V-Cense night cream, one of the most soothing and comforting scents I’ve ever smelled. I’ve not used the Rose Centifolia before so I’m really looking forward to trying it. The sensitive kit was a perfect recommendation and every single product has left my skin feeling cared for. It’s an unusual feeling after years of putting up with poor skin.

And as for the cost debate, I think Ren is brilliantly priced. Not a beauty myth in sight, just great products worth every penny. Not only do the pumps last for ages, the offers available online at RenSkincare.com are excellent too. AND when you sign up online you get to choose 10% of your favourite product for life. Fantastic!

I’m so delighted to have ‘found’ products that make sensitive skin feel like normal skin. With 20% off Ren when you quote MARIECLAIRE20 on the website until midnight 28 Feb 2015, I have a pretty good idea that another delivery will be crossing the Irish Sea before March arrives.

Rosie xx

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