Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme

Type of product?

Inexpensive exfoliating toning pads to increase skin cell turnover, clear pores, and plump the skin.

What does it claim?

5% glycolic acid exfoliates the top-most surfaces of the skin resulting in minimized discolouration. Salicylic acid is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and allows for increased skin cell turnover at a lower level; pores are clearer of congestion. Lactic acid has similar effects as glycolic, but has a larger molecule size and is thus less irritative. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin and improves hydration. Skin texture is refined, brighter, and prone to less blemishes.

How should I use it?

Rub a pad into the skin, focusing on blemishes and problem areas like the forehead, until the pad is dry. Do not be afraid of pink skin; pink means you have circulation, which is desirable if one wants to continue living. Tingling is normal. I make sure to treat my face, neck, and chest; the skin in these areas is all very similar. Avoid the eye area unless you get those nasty little milia; the acids may help that, but be careful.

Nip + Fab recommends these to be used in your night routine, 2-3 times a week. Sensitive skins should use them weekly. I, having acclimated, use them every night. Use these after cleansing, but before everything else. I typically brush my teeth before I apply anything else to give the acids time to do their thing. Apply an SPF in the morning as always, ahem.

Verdict:

In a nutshell: I love these, I just wish they came in an even more potent formulation.

I began using them twice weekly, moving slowly to three times weekly. I thought they were rather harsh to begin with, especially once when I prefaced these with a clay mask. Having simplified my evening routine—to just cleanse, tone, hydrate—I find my skin can readily handle these every night.

Since using them nightly my skin has been far clearer, brighter, and healthy looking. The redness that is left behind after a blemish has left this earth is far less pronounced after a little rubbing with one of these pads. Blemish free? No, but they disappear far more quickly. My only quibble is that these pads aren’t very extreme in terms of power. I am sure they could make these a bit more potent without being dangerous.

Until I find something more powerful, these will have a place in my nightly routine. If you have blemish-prone skin or lackluster skin, you will quite enjoy these pads. I have not tried the regular Glycolic Fix pads, though I do hear that these Extreme ones are far nicer and effective. I highly recommend these, especially for the price.

You can find Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme at Shoppers Drug Mart for about $17 or online at Ulta or Boots.

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