Testing Exfoliators: REN and Oskia

May and June were a little haul heavy over here. The Caroline Hirons Beauty Box and a trip to the USA are to blame. And maybe, just maybe, I’m guilty as well. I’m now trying the new goodies and today I’ll share my thoughts on some skin care bits I got. Let’s talk REN, Oskia and exfoliation!

The stuff I got from REN was part of my USA haul. Of course Sephora was involved and of course it happened in the Aisle of Doom. I had heard so many people rave about the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, it just had to be on my wish list. Before committing to the full size I went for the Glow and Go set which has a 20 ml version and also 20 ml of the Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, but more on that one later in this post.


The Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is an ever so slightly gritty gel, by no means an abrasive scrub (none of that on my face, please), that gently exfoliates and should result in smooth, toned and glowing skin. The great thing about this is of course already mentioned in its name: it’s fast. One minute is all it takes to get nice results, I’m sure we all have a minute to spare every 3 days, however busy life can get.


Simply massage it onto your face and neck, add a tiny amount of water , continue the massage action, leave for that magical minute and rinse!

I did like this, it’s obviously perfect for those hectic days when every minute is precious, but you do want to make an effort for your skin. Please note it’s not recommended for those with sensitive skin.

However… Let’s throw another exfoliating product into the mix that I liked even better: Oskia‘s Micro Exfoliating Balm. This was part of Caroline HironsCult Beauty Box, other bits and pieces of this box will pop up on the blog at some point, and just so you know, there’s a second box coming!


In terms of grittiness it’s very similar to the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial. The Micro Exfoliating Balm is more creamy as opposed to a gel texture. Personally, I like both textures.

Using it is also very similar, up to 3 times a week sounds about right (but not mandatory, of course). Again, massage the product and add some water to really activate the product. Add some more water to make it milky and ready to be rinsed off. Unlike the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, this product is recommended for all skin types. That being said, people with sensitive skin should add more water in the beginning which will result in a milder exfoliant. Or just people in general who prefer a lighter exfoliation.


Does this mean you will lose many more precious minutes with this product? Definitely not, you can get quick results with this one too.

Both products were great to use and gave good results, as promised. But for me, the result I got from the Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm was more obvious. It just made my skin look and feel the smoothest.

Of course, when comparing products, the price is an important factor. For the sake of comparison, let’s just take a look at the prices at Cult Beauty, where both products are sold (REN is available in Belgium, but as far as I know Oskia is not.). Ren’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is £32,00 for 75 ml and Oskia’s Micro Exfoliating Balm is £46,00 for 50 ml. There’s obviously quite a big difference there (double it up!) so if budget is an obstacle for you, do not doubt for a second and go get some of that REN. However, if you want to treat yourself and if exfoliation is an important step in your routine (it should be!)… You might wanna splurge and try Oskia.

Oskia might have won my heart there, but I did mention another REN product in that Glow and Go set: Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask. This is described as an exfoliating mask but unlike the previously mentioned products this does not exfoliate with its texture (physical exfoliation), it’s a smooth gel. This mask is all about acids (chemical exfoliation). Acids again, yes it sounds scary and intense, but the benefits of acids (in this case glycolic, citric, lactic,… part of the AHA family) are real.


Apply it to your face and neck (avoid the eye area, as always) and leave it on. 10 minutes according to REN, but feel free to keep it on a little longer. After that, simply wipe it off with a damp cloth/flannel and rinse off any residue.

This one is also not suited for sensitive skin.  This is more intense than the 2 other products mentioned in this post, so when it comes to frequency you should only use this once a week.

This was my favourite of the 3 when it came to the visual results. Glow glow glow! And it smells really good, very fruity.

The preference of the type of exfoliation is a personal one, of course, but whichever you prefer, exfoliation is a vital part of the skin care routine. There is no point in slapping on (expensive) serums and moisturizers when you are not working with a clean, smooth skin to begin with.

Now that I’ve tested these 3 products I have some thoughts on them. Champion in the smooth skin department is Oskia’s Micro Exfoliating Balm, but for radiant, glowy skin REN’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask is my number one. But let’s not forget about that famous Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial which is the clear winner when it comes to budget.

All 3 are worth purchasing, it’s up to you to decide what exactly it is your skin needs and what you are willing to pay.

Final thought… I’m impressed with both REN and Oskia and must now try more! Some products (Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, anyone?), or maybe a treatment (you can get REN treatments at The Spa at Hotel Julien in Antwerp and Oskia treatments at The Berkeley in London).

Are you familiar with any of these products or brands? Which type of exfoliation do you prefer?





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