Balm cleansers are a firm favourite in my night-time skincare regime, and have been for quite some time.
There’s something so luxurious about the way they effortlessly melt into your skin and leave it feeling so soft and nourished.
I usually use one by Clinique, but after loving my REN tonic so much, I thought I would switch and give REN’s Perfect Canvas Jelly Oil Cleanser a shot.
Let’s find out if I think its a winner, or a great big disappointment.
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Although the packaging of the Jelly balm looks beautiful and simplistic (like the rest of REN’s range) It’s actually the one thing, in my option, that really lets this product down.
A lot of balm cleansers are packaged in a pot allowing you to easily scoop out the product. They have a thick consistency; similar in texture to Vaseline. So a pot makes an ideal packaging choice when it comes to ease of use.
REN’s Jelly Oil Cleanser however comes in a pretty coral-pink squeezy tube. Which is fine for the first half of use, but later on becomes almost impossible to squeeze any product out. So much so, that I end up having to cut the top of bottle open with scissors, to be able to scoop it out with my fingers. This isn’t great when you’re spending £28 a pop, or when you want to pack it in your overnight bag for a weekend away
I think it would work so much better if they changed their packaging to a pot or perhaps a pump dispenser.
Skin loving ingredients
Ren’s perfect canvas jelly oil cleanser’s star ingredients are; Sunflower seed oil, Meadowfoam seed oil & Grape seed oil.
Sunflower seed oil contains linoleic acid which helps combat dryness with its ability to retain moisture. It also helps in preventing premature signs of aging.
Meadowfoam seed oil replenishes your skins natural barrier, leaving it feeling smoother & softer.
Grape seed oil protects your skin against free radicals and helps to lighten acne scars. It’s an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties to help keep your skin clear.
Unique Tri-phase cleanser
This cleanser turns into three completely different consistencies throughout the cleansing process.
It begins its life as quite a firm jelly that holds its shape. Once gently rubbed into your skin it melts and transforms into an oil, finally splash it with water and it emulsifies into a milk.
How I use Ren’s Jelly Oil Cleanser
I use the jelly oil cleanser as the first step in my night-time cleansing routine.
After squeezing out a small amount of the jelly, I warm it up between my fingers first, then gently rub it on to dry skin where it magically melts and transforms into a soothing oil.
It quickly gets to work lifting and removing my makeup and SPF, according to REN it removes pollution too. I can’t comment on that as I’m unsure how you could see pollution on your skin? But I can say it easily dissolves my SPF, and makeup, including regular mascara.
After I’ve massaged it into my skin for a while, I then splash some water onto my fingers and massage it once again. This emulsifies the oil into a milk, where i then remove it all with a clean flannel and warm water.
My skin is left feeling purified and nourished without any uncomfortable tautness.
I will say though, if I don’t use a flannel at the end and only splash the milk off with water. It leaves an unwanted greasy film on my skin. So I recommend using a flannel to fully remove the product.
I always double cleanse at night. So I then use with a different cleanser for my second cleanse, which also removes the greasy residue.
Lets look at the pros & cons
First the pros:
- I love how this product makes my skin look when I use it, and I’ve repurchased the Jelly oil cleanser a couple of times because of that
- Efficient at removing makeup and SPF
- Leaves my skin feeling soft
- Subtle natural scent
- Great skin-loving ingredients
Now for the cons:
- I find the jelly can be quite stiff and takes a fair bit of rubbing for it to begin to melt into the skin. This could cause issues if your skin is sensitive to touch. I warm the product first between my fingers to help speed up the melting process.
- The packaging isn’t right for the product
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