I bought these after searching far and wide for a chemical exfoliant that was neither too harsh, nor too weak to do its job – these pads have 2.8% glycolic acid, so I thought this was enough to get me started (you can never be too careful when it comes to chemicals and the skin on your face). These had some great reviews online, and were readily available in the nearest Boots store, so I went ahead and bought them.
The product’s claims:
“Unveil younger-looking skin. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.
+ glycolic acid retextures + resurfaces
+ hyaluronic acid moisturises + refreshes
+ blue daisy soothes + calms”
I was initially worried these might upset my skin, but they didn’t sting at all. They tingled a little, but I’m pretty sure that’s just the chemical exfoliant getting to work (admittedly, they also stung my eyes a bit, but that’s my own fault for playing it fast and loose by swiping too close to the eyeball area, #YOLO and all that). After using, I’d recommend you leave your face alone for about 10-20 minutes before adding any moisturisers or serums, so the product can do its job without being diluted. I’ve read a few complaints that they leave skin sticky, which they do a little, but I don’t find it a problem as I only use them at night.
After the first use, I noticed my skin looked a little brighter. After a few days, any spots or excess redness had been reduced significantly. A week later, my face is the clearest it’s been in a long time, and smoother than Morgan Freeman’s voice. I like to combine it with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] anti-blemish cream (which I use in the mornings), and I think they compliment each other nicely*. I’ve only been using them once a day, so I can imagine they’d have an even better impact if used twice daily.
Another bonus is that the pads are drenched in the product, so you shouldn’t have to worry about the last few pads drying out, or not being as saturated as the ones on the top.
I’ve found the best way to use these is at night, after cleansing my face. Alpha hydroxy acids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun (which is does state on the packaging), so if you’re going to use these in the day, follow with a generous sunscreen.
Consistency: The pads are textured on one side, smooth on the other, and very saturated in a liquid which is a little sticky when dry.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 4/5. They tingle a bit, and can leave skin feeling tight, but that’s what they’re supposed to do. I can deal with it, but more sensitive skins might want to be careful.
Price: £12.99, which is very reasonable considering it’s got 60 pads which, when used once a day or less, equates to about 2 months worth of product.
Overall Rating: 10/10. Fast results, worth the money, don’t upset my skin. I love these!
*You might be wondering if it’s the Effaclar Duo doing the work because I said I’ve been using the products together, but I’ve been using Effaclar for about 2 months now, and it’s great at getting rid of blackheads and reducing spots, but the Nip+Fab pads have been great at improving the overall texture, pore size, and complexion of the skin. Both products are excellent, together or by themselves, and I’ll review the Effaclar Duo soon.