Reviewed by Kate
On October 24th Marta posted an opportunity for a TIA reader to use and review a sample of the REN Sirtuin Phytohormone Replenishing Creme, and I jumped all over her offer. My "reply" suggesting (begging) that I be allowed to review the product was just short of hysteria, and I couldn't have been happier to learn that the REN product was "on the way" to me for trial. I practiced saying "Sirtuin Phytohormone" over and over... nearly all the way home that evening in fact, until my fellow commuters threatened to a) have my sanity checked or b) throw me in the trunk or c) kill me.
Why was I so keenly interested in this specific product? My enthusiasm to test REN Replenishing Cream was not just because I like to try products that look scientifically promising (while being somewhat limited in what I purchase by a genetic frugality (read: cheap)..... it really was because the product was specifically formulated to prevent and treat the signs of ageing especially due to hormonal changes. According to the marketing information, ingredients are included that specifically target the aged, hormonally ravished cells of women who are pre and post menopausal, restoring vitality and healthy cellular structure with regular usage. And their "exclusive Global Protection Complex provides powerful anti-oxidant protection while (the) Biomimetic Hydra+ Complex ensures optimum hydration".
What? That description so clearly describes the condition of my skin and my skin care challenges that I half expected the REN Replenishing Cream to arrive with my photo on the box. I am the complexion poster child for 50 year old peri-menopausal women with a history of over indulgence in vitamin D (sun shine) , combined with fluctuating hormones. Could it be that the complexion gods had actually created a product that works WITH my wildly swinging hormones to make my skin radiant and healthy? Could REN's Sirtuin Phytohormone Replenishing Cream possibly be a tiny menopausal pay-back (created largely by Ma Nature, and formulated by a team of British REN chemists)? Was this Replenishing Cream the quid pro quo for menopausal night sweats, disrupted sleep patterns, and a metabolism that swings back and forth by the day? Could a newly rejuvenated-by-REN youthful complexion make my menopausal thinning hair and bone loss pale by comparison, so much so that women across the world would begin to envy their hot flash stricken and moody perio menopausal sisters for their glowing complexions?
The ingredients are natural, innovative and more than promising. To follow is the abbreviated overview, because a much more technical and scientifically complex explanation was presented by TIA (Marta, October 24th) when she first posted the availability of the REN product line and the sample. But suffice it to say that there has been 1) continued 2) recent 3) favorable press with regards to two key components in this REN product, resveratol and Photohormones (perlacan activators). Almost everyone knows about the benefits of the form of resvertol found in red wine, but resvertol is a derivative of both grapes and rice germ oil. REN uses the equally effective but lesser known rice germ oil component. There is additional marketing information for the Replenishing Cream celebrating/promoting the inclusion of "bio actives" (which presumably increase absorption of key ingredients across the cells), but I could find little scientific explanation on what these are and how they work for the Replenishing Cream, so I will abstain from weighing in on their "bio actives" ingredients, at least for now.
The Replenishing Cream is made up of a wonderful assortment of natural ingredients, nothing that is on the TIA "no no list", and decent doses of two of my favorites: wild yam (the perlacan activator) and the most hated plant in the universe, Kudzu.
So, after my 30+ days of faithful usage, is my skin firmer, brighter, and in better condition? Regretably, the answer is....... no. And no. And no.
For the last month I have applied REN twice daily to the left side of my face, neck and decollate. (By the way, don't you just love it when you get the opportunity to say or write "decollatage"? Such a grown-up word! ). And in an attempt to provide a truly fair trial, I applied my regular skin care products over the top of the Replenishing Cream, after waiting 10 minutes to be sure the REN product was deeply adsorbed, per the manufacturers instructions. My results? Aside from a little extra moisturizing and an absolutely delightful scent reminiscent of rose petals, there was really no discernable difference. No reduction of fine lines, no lightening of freckles, no firming of my skin.... all things I had hoped to be able to report. To be fair, the pro side of review list should include the quality packaging/pump, the delightful scent, the list of promising ingredients, the physical texture of the product, and the "little goes a long way" consistency. On the con side of the review list was simply the lack of result, made exponentially more disappointing by what I consider to be a hefty price tag.
All that being said...in an attempt to be completely fair, honest, and a dutiful reviewer, I will continue to use my generous 50 ML sample of REN Replenishing Cream until it is gone, and if there is any improvement or change over time, I will update everyone. Hopefully that will indeed happen (and not just so that I can use the word "decollatage" again in an update). Sometimes the most significant results are only achieved over time..... and I am the first person to accept that a 30 day trial may not be considered an appropriate benchmark for noticeable improvement.
Hope to be updating you with good news in 2009.
Ingredients in REN Sirtuins
Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter,Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (Source Coconut Oil), Cetearyl Octanoate(Source Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Source Palm Oil), Oryza Sativa(Rice) Germ Oil, Myristyl Myristate (source Palm Oil), Oleyl Alcohol(source Palm Oil), Cetearyl Glucoside (source Corn), Glycerin (SourceCoconut Oil), Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Triheptanoin (source CoconutOil), Lauryl Laurate (Source Palm Oil), Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam)Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipid, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea(Lingonberry) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (source PalmOil and Wheat), Oryzanol (source Rice), Calcium PCA, DipalmitoylHydroxyproline (Source Amino Acid), Phenoxyethanol (Source AromaticEther), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Mannitol (source Sugar), Cyclodextrin (source Sugar), Faex (Yeast) Extract, DisodiumSuccinate (source Salt), Omega 6 Ceramide (source Carthame), Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca (Algae) Extract, Carbomer(source Polymer), Sodium Hyaluronate (source Wheat), Cassia Alata(Candle Tree) Leaf Extract, Inulin (source Wheat), Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide (source Wheat), Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Symbiozome Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate (source Amino Acids), Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Berry Oil,Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil,Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Natural Fragrance (100%).