After years of expanding our skincare regimes to fit about fifteen different Korean-inspired steps in, there’s definitely a switch in attitude as we look to do an about-turn and strip things back. It was easy to get swept up in the launches of essences, toners, spritzes, masques and treatments – but overloading skin with that much ‘goodness’ can be counter-productive. I’ve absolutely reduced the amount of products I use on a daily basis (and my skin has thanked me for it,) so I’ve been reluctant to start adding back any additional step that I didn’t experience a tangible benefit from. But one product had me totally intrigued from the offset and willing to give layering one more thing a go: the REN Perfect Canvas Clean Primer.
Possibly one of the most hyped up beauty products in the last few years, this claims to do so much more than just prep and prime your skin. Enriched with probiotics to help balance your microbiome (the layer of good and bad bacteria living on the surface of skin) and in turn help to reduce breakouts, inflammation and irritation, the very lightweight water-like texture also helps to minimise the appearance of pores. Free from the silicone that a lot primers use (that gives the slip and smooth texture, but can also cause makeup to move about,) REN have used instead used Agave Extract to help plump skin and create a perfect base for makeup. And I’m totally here for it.
But it’s the additional benefits that are the most exciting. After only fifteen minutes of application, skin has been shown to have a clinically-recognised significant improvement in skin smoothness – thanks to Alpha-Glucans that help to plump, hydrate and fill in fine lines. Their clinical studies have shown that 100% of women showed smoother skin after 28 days of application too, while 67% of people also showed a reduction in wrinkles; so the benefits are both immediate and long-term.
Designed to be worn as a last step in your skincare regime and before you apply your base, this is one of the most unexpectedly delightful products I’ve tried in a long time – and it totally revolutionizes what we perceive to be a ‘primer’. I’ve been a long term believer in the benefits of a primer, in both appearance and longevity, but have found myself skipping it in recent years in an attempt to bring things back to basics and speed up my daily regime. Just a couple of drops of this water-like-jelly texture massaged into skin (specifically the t-zone area to help create a smooth base, as well as around the eyes if you want to smooth those fine lines,) makes all the difference though.
It’s non-sticky (although tacky when initially applied) and doesn’t leave any kind of heaviness on the skin, something of particular concern if you like to keep your regime as simple as possible. Every time I use it I definitely notice my skin has a subtle ‘airbrushed’ quality to it, while my makeup absolutely sits better and lasts effortlessly all day long – even when I’m rushing about the streets of London going from hot meeting room to hot coffee shop. It just helps to ensure skin looks the best it can, without promising the world and falling short of expectations.
Although right now applying makeup isn’t top of the priority list, this is really wise investment if you can justify £40.00 on essentially a priming skincare booster.
A little really goes a long way too, so you can enjoy this for the months to come; it’ll definitely be top of my ‘most used’ list all the way through summer.
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