Review: REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
I've been trying quite a few REN products recently after reading so many positive reviews of them on my favourite blogs; the next one I've tried is the Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel, which I thought sounded perfect for my oily skin! REN claim this is, "A balancing, antibacterial facial cleansing gel for skin that is prone to oiliness and breakouts, particularly in the t-zone. Results: Removes dirt and dissolves excess sebum. Unclogs pores. Reduces the appearance of pore size. Antimicrobial and antibacterial. Skin type: Combination skin, prone to oiliness and outbreaks, especially in the t-zone. To use: Gently rub between hands. Massage onto face. Rinse off with warm water."
So from the description, this pretty much sounded perfect for me! My skin is definitely prone to oiliness, though that's not just confined to my t-zone, and I do struggle with breakouts, so am always keen to try any product which offers to help with one or both of these problems. The active ingredients include Flavonoids which decongest the skin, Salicilin to exfoliate and reduce pore size and Guaiazulene to calm redness and irritation, whilst the formula is free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil and other nasties.
The cleanser's outer packaging consists of a white cardboard box which looks really sleek and clean, giving all the relevant information including directions, description and the ingredients; the ingredients list is fairly brief, mentioning several natural ingredients including Willow Bark Extract which is good for treating spots, Lavender Oil which is known for its calming properties, and Glycerin which moisturises. Within the box, the clear gel-like product is housed in a clear plastic bottle with a pump top, which makes it really easy to dispense the product for use. The packaging is pretty secure and travel-friendly, although it is quite big and bulky for travelling with and is certainly too big for hand luggage if you're flying!
I find that a full pump is more than enough to wash my face, so I tend to use around half a pump, rubbed between my palms and then over my face. I've mainly been using this as my morning cleanse in the shower, although I've also used it as a second cleanse in the evening after removing my make-up; either way, I really like the fresh botanical scent it has, and find that it lathers ever so slightly on contact with damp skin, making it feel like it's really lifting away dirt and oil. It rinses away well to leave the skin feeling clean and soft, with no sticky residue left behind. Whilst I feel it does a good job of cleansing my skin, I can't say I've noticed any difference in how oily my skin is, or in how noticeable my pores are, in the month or so I've been using this product. I have to admit to being a little disappointed as although they were big claims, they were the reason I bought this particular cleanser!
Overall, I've found that REN's Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel is fine as a cleanser for both morning and evening, leaving my skin feeling soft and clean, but doesn't really live up to its claims of controlling excess sebum in the t-zone area for me. I'd like to point out that my skin is very oily, so if this is less of a problem for you, you may find it more effective. Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel has recently been renamed as Clarimatte T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel, and is available from M&S at £15, and direct from REN's website, priced at £17 for 150ml, making it a mid-range product in terms of price. Have you tried this cleanser, or any other REN products? Do you have any recommendations for cleansers for oily skin?