Gone are the days when we just used soap and water to cleanse with, now there are many phases that we are required to perform to achieve radiant glowing skin. A phase that I have welcomed is the acid toning part, a way of exfoliating the skin using fruit acids and glycolic that remove the dead skin cells, which is turn leaves the skin looking refreshed and more youthful.
I have used a number of acid toners in the past. The Pixi Glow Tonic (with is a firm favourite), the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner ( which I thought was ok but nothing special) and of course my beloved Alpha H Liquid Gold which I use weekly religiously as part of my skin care routine.
I was recently introduced to the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£20.50) which contain fruit and chemical acids that are said to "Exfoliate, Tone and Brighten". The 60 some what pads are soaked in the lotion which make them easy and handy to use when in a rush. One pad is easily enough for the whole face, and the gentle formula makes them ideal for everyday use. I used them morning and night which at first I was a little dubious of as I thought it would be too much for my skin, but in fact was absolutely fine and I saw no adverse side effects at all.
The textured pads are great at buffing the skin so you can manually exfoliate the skin a little, and I liked to do this on problem areas where I had blemishes and scarring.
I personally found these to be a little too gentle of me, and didn't really see any improvement in the condition or appearance of my skin. This could be because my skin is used to acids so the benefits weren't as visible. I can see that if you were someone who is new to acid toning this could be a good place to start as they were very gentle, just a little too gentle for me, in my opinion.
One thing that I wasn't expecting to find a problem with was the smell. They smell bad, really bad, like mould in fact. I thought it would be something I could get used to but unfortunately I couldn't. :/
Even though I liked the convenience of these, and the fact they are gentle enough for daily use, I do feel I need something a little stronger for my skin. Like I said before if you're new to acid toning or have sensitive skin I can see these being a good starting point.
Have you tried these out? What did you think to them?