If you’ve spent any time hanging around my instagram page, then you’ll have seen these on my daily skincare routine posts a lot recently. I do love a pre-soaked acid pad, they’re usually thinner and more textured than a cotton wool pad, and so you get a good amount of toner on your skin, rather than soaked up by the cotton wool.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are a bargain compared to my usual preferred pads of choice (Zelens PHA+ Pads, for reference), costing around £22 for sixty, rather than £65, and they’re good and tingly all the same. Containing a blend of lactic and glycolic acids alongside licorice extract, hyaluronic acid and lemon peel oil, these offer a gentle daily exfoliation, and they’re alcohol free.
To use them most effectively, you simply wipe them over freshly cleansed skin and this both helps remove any dead, flaky skin patches, and also helps prepare your skin for any serums or moisturisers that you apply afterwards. Cleansers are generally alkaline, and washing your face strips away some of your natural acid mantle, so using an acid-based toner will help bring your skin back into balance and your skin will be more easily able to absorb the active ingredients in your skincare. I love them for making my skin soft and smooth on a daily basis. These pads are quite wet, and I find that giving them a little squeeze before applying to the skin will stop them leaving your face soaking wet.
You must use a sunscreen on a daily basis when using any acidic skincare though, no ifs ands and buts about it. The worst thing about First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads is that they’re a little difficult to get hold of, I had to get mine from Amazon. Why aren’t they in Boots and/or Superdrug? I wish they were!
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