Once in a while, a brand new product comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. For me, the new innovation that has filled my endless mental meanderings for the past 2 months has been the new REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot.
REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot is a serum designed to be used under your moisturizer to instantly firm, lift and plump the skin. It contains a high dosage of sodium hyaluronate, which helps the skin bring and absorb water more effectively, and also prevents trans-epidermal water loss thereby keeping existing moisture within the skin. This hydration boost helps to plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. REN claims the effect lasts for up to 8 hours, and it may be re-applied during the day by gently patting over make-up.
The Instant Firming Beauty Shot comes in a clear glass bottle with a dropper dispenser. A clear plastic cap snaps on over the dropper to protect it, but is otherwise unnecessary in my opinion. The serum itself is a clear gel that transforms into fluid upon contact with skin. When applied to the face, there is an instant skin tightening effect that feels very much like shrink-wrap, and has been described as “Spanx for the face”. This is due to the ingredient Pullalan, which adheres to the skin to form a sheer film that temporarily improves the skin’s texture and appearance.
On me, the lifting effects are not immediately noticeable, but upon closer inspection of the before and after shots above, I can see the nasal labial lines becoming less visible. And if you click to zoom in on the pictures, you may also notice the pores on my cheeks looking less obvious. Others with more matured skin have reported noticeable lifting of the cheek bones and a reduction in sagging.
In addition to providing a burst of hydration and temporary lift, REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot also contains some interesting ingredients. Porphyridium Cruentum extract contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and other skin-friendly polysaccharides provide anti-inflammatory, lifting and anti-wrinkle benefits. Rosa Damascena Flower Oil has excellent emollient properties, as well as astringent and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Despite its silky texture, Instant Firming Beauty Shot does not contain any silicones, artificial fragrances, mineral oil, parabens and other nasties.
When I first tried out this serum, I was taken aback by the “shrink-wrap” sensation on my face, and was worried it might somehow irritate my sensitive skin. Having given this a good 2-months’ test, I am very happy to note that it has not done anything averse to my skin. On the other hand, this was not immediate love for me as it left a tacky sensation on my skin after application and took a while to completely dry up. It is not exactly sticky but it still took some getting used to. However, now that I’ve been using it for awhile, I do notice my skin becoming less prone to drying out as the day progresses even when I switch over to a lighter moisturizer. And as the photos show, REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot does indeed plump up my skin and reduce lines and pores. Given how expensive and painful an actual face lift or other similar procedures are, REN Keep Young and Beautiful’s instant firming and lifting results make this serum a very attractive proposition for daily maintenance!