I recently purchased a jar of these pads from Sephora after reading good reviews about them. These exfoliating pads contain lactic acid and glycolic acid, two effective forms of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), as long as other key active ingredients for toning and brightening. Like other FAB products, Facial Radiance Pads also contain the FAB Antioxidant Booster–a proprietary blend of antioxidants, including licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts.
Description and directions from the First Aid Beauty official website —
BRIGHTENS, TONES AND EXFOLIATES THE SKIN
FAB Facial Radiance® Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the skin, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin bright and glowing. FAB’s facial radiance pads are free of parabens, harsh chemicals and colorants.
WHO SHOULD USE IT?
Ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin.
Improves skin clarity. Reduces visible pores. Diminishes the appearance of fine lines.
No Parabens, Harsh Chemicals or Colorants.
Safe for Sensitive Skin.
Remove one Facial Radiance® Pad from jar and wipe pad across face, neck and décolleté. Use in the morning and/or evening, after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20
- Packaging: The pads come stacked in a plastic jar with screw cap. Brand new jars have a safety seal. It’s quite easy to lift off a single pad without touching any of the others, so I don’t consider the jar packaging to be an issue.
- Scent: This product has a weird smell, although it’s claimed to be fragrance free. Personally, I think it’s a combination of cucumber, citrus, and medicine. The smell is not very strong, but it does take a little bit of getting used to.
- Texture: These feel just like any other cotton pad. They are soft and not too abrasive. Surprisingly, the pads are quite saturated with product and each one is very wet.
- Experience: I have been using these facial pads on nights when I don’t use a wash-off exfoliant. Since these pads already tone and brighten, I also skip my toner and go straight to serums. The pads are non-irritating and are good for sensitive skin.
When my skin is normal, I don’t see a big difference from using Facial Radiance Pads. They certainly make my skin smooth and moisturized, but they don’t outshine my regular toner (The Face Shop Green Tea Oil Free Toner). However, on dull skin, these pads really work wonders. Last week, my skin wasn’t looking so good and there was one night when my face was particularly dry and lackluster (after my double cleanse, but before the rest of my skin care routine). I applied one of these pads and my face instantly brightened with a healthy, moisturized glow. That instance really convinced me that this product was worth purchasing.
As noted above, each pad contains a lot of toner. Consequently, I recently started cutting my pads in half. I highly recommend doing this as it’s cost-effective and reduces the amount of excess product being applied. Otherwise, if you’re using this product daily, it can get quite expensive ($30 for 60 pads).
- Rating: 4/5. These pads work well, but they aren’t amazing. If you’re on a budget, these St. Ives Exfoliating Pads are a much cheaper option that works quite well.