Review – Gentle Cleansing Milk by REN

REN cleanser

MY SKIN
Dry and sensitive, acne prone – primarily hormonal; eczema prone.

THE PRODUCT
Gentle Cleansing Milk by REN, milk cleanser, £19.00/150ml.

IN A NUTSHELL
The Evercalm range by REN is catered towards sensitive skin that’s not very happy, whether because of dryness, reactivity or acne. The lovely thing about Evercalm is that sensitive skincare generally can be used on all skin types. This cleanser was my very first experience with the brand.

True to its name, this cleanser is gentle and milky. So gentle and milky in fact, that I find it suitable only for my morning cleanse; it leaves behind a light and soothing blanket of feeling moisturised which in and of itself I love, but I find that because of it the Gentle Cleansing Milk can’t handle tackling the residue from the first cream or oil cleanser I would use in the evening.

This cleanser contains several ingredients whose properties are to soothe, nourish and moisturise; packed with fatty alcohols, shea butter, moisturising oils like sunflower or sesame seed and a handful of other botanical extracts. I find myself really feeling the effect of the oils used in this product because after washing and drying my face it feels as though I had already moisturised it. I personally love this effect, but I think others especially with oilier skin types wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do. I’m a little confused about the presence of several essential oils and artificial fragrance in a product that’s aimed at sensitive skin… I suppose it’s there to improve the sensory experience of using a more expensive product, but personally I would rather be without it. The scent this addition achieves is very herbal that’s great first thing in the morning.

Gentle Cleansing Milk can be used on wet or dry skin, but I personally prefer to do it wet and delicately massage my face as I cleanse. Whenever I tried it dry I felt like I needed twice as much product and it didn’t feel as milky going on, but rinsing off almost makes it foamy and it takes a thorough rinse to completely remove. I highly doubt this will take off anything more than just the stress of the day/night (hopefully you’re not stressing at night!). Despite the added fragrance I use this directly on the eyes with absolutely no irritation.

FINAL VERDICT
I find this a truly fantastic option for my skin needs and I think that anyone with dry and sensitised skin would enjoy this cleanser as part of their routine. Yes, there are a few eyebrow raisers for irritated skins, but I think that the nourishing oils preceding them in the ingredients combat any potential damage they could cause. But, at the end of the day it’s all a personal choice.

At first I thought that this one bottle of Gentle Cleansing Milk would be enough for me in my life because it’s not revolutionary. However, as time goes by and I’ve used it every morning for about three months, I’m getting more and more hooked. I think this might end up being a repurchse!

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