I regularly post about my skin care routine and how I am always updating it, adding new products, and realising some things just don’t work the way I want them to. Lately I have felt like I needed to add a new step to my daily routine, my skin was getting clogged and I have been prone to break outs and I needed something to bring the glow back to my skin.
I decided I needed to add a step in between cleansing and moisturising, and after watching some of Caroline Hirons’ videos on acids (watch here) , I decided to swap my classic toner for First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. These are so easy to introduce to your skin care routine, after cleansing you take a radiance pad and wipe all over the face, focusing on problem areas/ breakouts.
The Facial Radiance Pads are very gentle on the skin and offer several benefits such as gentle exfoliation, toning the skin and brightening. I did really like these pads, they are so easy to incorporate to my routine, and I could see benefits to most of my skin, just not around my breakout zones. These pads are suitable for all skin types, even really sensitive skin, but my skin was experiencing bad congestion from winter so I started looking around for something with a little more bite to it. Learn more.
On a trip to boots I decided to try out the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix pads as I have heard a lot of great things, and I had points on my card so they were basically free (if you don’t calculate how much I have spent there to collect those points). The two acids presents in these pads are Glycolic and hyaluronic, which are two acids I want to have in my routine.
- Glycolic acid is great for removing dead skin cells and resurfacing the skin. I have notice a huge improvement in the texture of my skin since using these pads, and as I experience any new breakouts or bumps I will just pay extra attention to that area with the pads. They are not specifically made for acne but they have a great effect on spots as the skin cells are exfoliated, meaning less bacteria can build up to clog pores. It is also supposed to be great for fading acne scars.
- Hyaluronic acid is something I wrote about quite a bit in 2015, I wanted it in all of my skin care products as it is amazing for hydration. It can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in moisture and is said to take moisture from the air for your skin when necessary.
How to use:
- After cleansing, wipe the textured side of the pad all over the face and neck. Flip it over and wipe the flat side all over the face and neck. THAT’S IT! The pads are soaked so they are really refreshing to the skin. You may experience a slight sting when the pad is wiped over problem areas, but that is totally normal, and really lets you know the ingredients are working.
There are 60 pads included, which means it lasts me about a month as I use them most morning and evenings, however I know some people only use them once a day. Shop here.
Currently my standard skin care routine is as follows, to see the exact products I use you can click on the list below:
- Micellar water pre cleanse
- Oil cleanse
- Exfoliation pads
- Hydrating serum
- Eye cream
- SPF for daytime
It may sound like quite a lot of steps to someone who keeps a traditional cleanse, tone, moisture routine, but it is very manageable. If your skin care routine is non-existent than I would recommend taking on basic steps one at a time and slowly building up as it becomes habit. The most important steps in any skin care routine are cleansing and moisturising (in my opinion), while everything in between just makes the difference from good skin to great skin.
Thanks to the great results I achieved using these pads, I will be looking at a few more Nip + Fab products in the future. If there are any serum, cleansers and pads from the range you cannot live without, I would love to hear in the comments below. Shop the Glycolic Fix pads here.
Until next time,