Monday, 6 January 2014

Review: REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser

I really like clay cleansers, so when I decided to move on from my usual Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser, which was regularly increasing in price, I quickly gravitated towards REN's offering. The REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser (try saying that quickly!) is part of a larger ClearCalm 3 range, which is designed for blemish prone skin that aims to combat the 3 key causes of blemishes and breakouts without harshness - excess sebum, build up of dead skin cells and blemish causing bacteria. The bottle I currently have and seen in the photos is 150ml in size, however REN have now increased it to 200ml as standard for the same price of £18.00. It comes with a very controllable pump dispenser and I like the clear bottle so you can see how much product you have left! 


The REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser uses bio extracts of French Clay, Zinc Gluconate, Salicilin, Mayblossom and Manuka Extract to deeply cleanse and purify the skin, gently exfoliate to unclog skin and minimise the appearance of pore size. REN as a brand do not use parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, petrolatum, synthetic fragrances or colours.

The formula I absolutely love, it's very creamy, quite thick and it lasts for ages when you're massaging it into your face; it doesn't disappear or dry out quickly, so you can give your skin a thorough cleanse. It doesn't irritate or feel harsh on my oily/combination skin either; it removes excess oil yet it's probably the most hydrating clay cleanser I've tried, so it gives me a good base to carry on with the rest of my skincare routine. This isn't a cleanser for removing makeup, so I'd recommend using it for a second nighttime cleanse or as a morning cleanse. I'd also recommend removing it with a face cloth; it's so thick that just splashing water on your face really doesn't remove it all properly.

When it comes to breakouts however, I personally haven't noticed a major difference. I've been using the Clarifying Clay Cleanser for nearly four months and through this time I've had bouts of clear skin, skin with a few little breakouts and then really awful, mountainous type breakouts. But the thing is I'm not really disappointed. I think there's only so much a cleanser can do when it's on your face for a few minutes and then washed off. Its effects aren't going to last through the day or night until the next cleanse, especially when there's so many other factors that can affect your skin in between, such as the number of other products that will be layered on afterwards! It may be that you see better effects when used with other products from the ClearCalm 3 range. What I would say is that the formula is very soothing and calming on spots and blemishes, not aggravating them at all.

The Verdict
The REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser is a pleasure to use, as I love the creamy clay formula that doesn't contain any nasty ingredients to irritate or dry out my skin. If you're really breakout prone don't expect miracles from this cleanser, but it's a great product to start off the rest of a targeted skincare routine. I will re-purchase.

To view on the REN website, please click here.

Have you tried the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser? Are you a fan of clay based cleansers?

Beauty Bird xx



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  1. love it when cleansers don't contain any nasty ingredients! awesome review :)

    http://lynzical.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks Lyn! I agree, I'm definitely gravitating towards natural skincare more and more these days xx

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  2. I love a clay based product, this sounds lovely and great pics! Happy new year missus!

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    1. Happy New Year lovely! Thank you very much :-) xx

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  3. REN skincare is so lovely to use, and you know you're getting a great quality product. Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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    1. For what I've tried so far, I completely agree! I have lots of little samples of theirs that came with my orders, I need to start getting through them! xx

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  4. Even if this doesn't make a massive difference to the skin it still sounds really nice. I haven't come across many cleansers that stop breakouts (i really do think that is down to diet, hormones and how many other products you use on your face) but the formula of this sounds wonderful. I'm really looking forward to trying this out this year - I just have about 3 or 4 in my stash to get through first (so typical right haha) xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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    1. I wish it did combat the cause of blemishes like it says, but its effects can only ever be minimal. The formula is just lovely! I think you'd love it! Haha I know the feeling on having too many of the same thing!! xx

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  5. This sounds and looks lovely, you're right, you cannot say 'ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser' quickly haha!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
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    1. It's a real mouthful isn't it, haha. xx

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  6. I agree - I think diet and lifestyle play a much bigger part in how your skin looks than products do. As long as the product isn't irritating your skin, and keeping it in a good condition (not too dry or oily) I reckon the rest is up to you!

    http://ninegrandstudent.wordpress.com/

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    1. I completely agree, and this is exactly what this cleanser does xx

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  7. I agree with you, there is only so much a cleanser can do. I think it's all about the routine after cleansing that contributes to the appearance of your skin. Great review.

    Beth | BethBlogsBeauty
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    1. Thanks Beth! It seems many people agree too with the limits of a cleanser too xx

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  8. Great post, I really want to try REN Products!

    www.petitebeautyblogger.com

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    1. Highly recommend giving them a try! :-) xx

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  9. REN products smell amazing! This sounds really nice but I like my cleansers to remove my makeup because I'm lazy ha. ;)

    Tara xo

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    1. Cleansers that remove makeup are a bit of a novelty for me - I always seem to choose non-makeup removing ones!! xx

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  10. I love that they increased the size of the product but didn't raise the price, that was really good of them. I haven't actually tried any REN products at all but I'm sure I'll encounter them at some point in the future (I think I may even have some samples in my stash somewhere!) x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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    1. I'm really impressed with that, I feel like I got through the bottle quicker than my previous cleanser, so some extra product next time will be great value! REN are so generous with their samples, it's great! xx

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  11. Ooh I have wanted to try this as heard quite good things, great review hun! I am yet to try REN products but definitely want to, may have to look at this in the near future.

    A xx

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    1. Thanks sweet! I may have a few little samples of their products I can wing your way :-) xx

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  12. This is such a coincidence as I literally bought this on Tuesday. I've only just started using it, so can't say too much, but so far, I'm quite impressed. We have good taste ;) x
    Heroine In Heels

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    1. Haha yes we do ;-) Hope you enjoy using the rest of the bottle!xx

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