REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil and Clarimatte Clarifying Toner ~ Review ~

I was looking for a good facial oil that could help me with my first deeper lines and dehydration. I’ve heard many good things about the natural brand called REN. Their Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil contains rose hip seed oil, which is supposed to tackle aging, hydration, and scars. The Clarimatte Clarifying Toner contains glycolic acid from pineapple extract, a mild acid for daily exfoliation. I’ve been using these products for over 3 months and have less than 90% of each product left. Here are my opinions on them.

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Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil

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The product is a clear oil. At the first application I got redness on my cheek, but was fine after the second application onward. Because of the word “serum” in the name, I expected this product to have more of a dry oil texture. (But now REN has renamed this product and removed the word serum from it.) Also, many reviews I found said it absorbs quickly. However, I found this product quite greasy and just sits on my skin. I tried many ways including applying on a damp skin, but still no difference. If I have my hair down, the product will go on my hair and makes it look oily. It is designed to be used under a moisturizer; so even though it is oily, it doesn’t give me moisturizing feeling on its own. The scent is rather nice, flowery and sweet, but after an hour or two it changes into a funky “old oil” smell.

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Despite all of those unfortunate effects on me, this product doesn’t clog my pores. After two weeks of constant application, my skin looks glowing and healthier. However, signs of aging are still there and no moisturizing effects for me. The packaging is hygienic and the pump gives good control of how much product you want to dispense. The tube is almost covered with a label, but there’s a small gap at the back that you can see how much product you have left.

Clarimatte Clarifying Toner

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This is a clear watery toner. I was hoping that this might be an alternative of acid toners that are not widely available in the town I was living in Sweden. I purchased this after a few use of the Vita Mineral Omega 3 Oil, expecting that the oil would absorb better, which it didn’t.

The product is formulated for combination to oily skin, but it does not dry out my dry skin at all. It gives a slight tingling feeling after application but it doesn’t hurt. The scent is difficult for me to pin point, so let’s just say it is refreshing.

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I enjoyed using it in general. It makes me get less break outs which I normally have when I don’t get enough sleep. Hormonal break outs also healed quicker. However, it doesn’t help clear my previous acne scars, clogged pores, or sun spots. I recently found from one of Vivianna Does Makeup’s videos that she’s been using it as spot treatment, which I’ve been doing lately as well. Again, the packaging is very nice because it doesn’t give out too much product each time I pour it on a cotton pad, so no waste.

Final Thoughts

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A comparison between REN’s promised results for each product and the results on my skin

I will definitely not be repurchasing the oil because there’re too many hassles compares to the results. My skin might be too old for this product.

I highly recommend the Clarifying Toner for those with acne prone skin to try. There’s a possibility that I will be repurchasing this product in the future.

In general I think REN makes good products. Some reviews said that their products are on the gentle side, thus it might take longer time to see the results. I might be trying other things from them in the future but my skin just couldn’t get all the promised results from the ones I’d tried.

Purchasing note

Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil
Bought from: Apotek Hjärtat
Price: 259 SEK discounted from 349 SEK (30 ml)
Made in: UK

Clarimatte Clarifying Toning Lotion
Bought from: Apotek Hjärtat
Price: around 171 SEK discounted from 229 SEK (150 ml)
Made in: UK

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