Beauty Test Drive: REN Pore Minimizing Mask

The open pores on my nose drive me crazy, and when I say I’ve tried everything to shrink them, I mean everything: cleansers, masks, serums, creams, drugstore, department store, made in my kitchen, all claiming to do the same thing, and hardly ever fulfilling that promise. I had all but given up on my endeavor for smaller, cleaner pores, resigning myself to a lifetime of dissatisfied mirror-gazing with picking and squeezing that would leave me red-nosed and embarrassed for hours… until yesterday, when I tried REN Multi-Mineral Pore Minimizing Detox Mask.

It goes on like any other regular clay mask and dries to a hard, crackling finish. The instructions say to rub off the mask once dried, so that’s what I did, and it kind of changed my life. The mask flaked off as soft, powdery clay and left my sensitive skin softer and more glowing than it’s ever been. My pores are still there, but they’re smaller, tighter, and so much less noticeable, which is more than I can say for any other pore product I’ve ever tried. Even better, REN is an all-natural, 100 percent organic company that is committed to clean. I’m in love. [$34, Sephora]