We have exfoliating toners, serums and creams so why is that we need an exfoliating pad?⠀
Simple, because we are generation swipe. ⠀
A premeasured amount of product for our faces, neck and chest, that even come in handy little single sachets that we can pop open on our travels helping us brighten, smoothen, fade and tackle multiple skin concerns (hyperpigmentation, blemishes, fine lines wrinkles) makes it such a quick and fuss-free method for exfoliation.⠀
Yet even with exfoliating pad themselves, you will see some differences for example ever noticed how some exfoliating acid pads have one side smooth and one side textured? These combine both acid exfoliation and manual exfoliation. The acid, whether an AHA or BHA (salicylic) or a combination of both, breaks down the cellular glue in between cells and loosens the outer layer of skin cells. The textured pad pulls them away from your skin. Chemical and physical exfoliation in a quick swipe. Personally I am not a fan of textured exfoliating pads because I find them “scratchy” even though I find the juice in them sometimes really good but they always leave my skin feeling more irritated than a smoother pad.⠀
Here are some of the gentler and smoother textured pads I have enjoyed in the past that are easily accessible.⠀
@cosrx ⭐️One Step Pimple Pad 70s⠀
This is definitely a popular one amongst K beauty fans. It is soaked naturally derived Betaine Salicylate to control excess oil production and exfoliation, plus a blend of willow bark, orange peel and tea tree extracts to purify and reduce redness and blemishes. Its one of the more affordable exfoliating pads in the market and these were ones that I recommended to my niece since they are gentler than for example the Dr DG ones. I personally saw lesser “congestion” bumps along my forehead after testing these but I still found that some of the higher strength cosmeceuticals pads I have tried in the past delivered faster results in clearing my skin. Another problem is that the pads dried up very fast (especially if you are opening and closing the lid often). $20 (70 applications).⠀
🔆Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel🔆 – 30 Application Packettes
These 2-step formula towelettes contain 7 acids (Glycolic, salicylic, mandelic, lactic, citric, malic and willow bark extract) to tackle signs of ageing and gives your skin a more radiant and smoother skin complexion. Step one is packed with rejuvenating, powerful, yet gentle exfoliating acids. Step two controls the alpha hydroxy acid activity delivers anti-ageing actives like Retinol, Ascorbic Acid, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Copper PCA to help nourish repair and regenerate. I like this simply because they are portable so they can be really handy when you are travelling. $88 (30 applications).
✅Key Ingredients: (Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, .
Step 2: Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, . ⭐️First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads⭐️
With a combination of Lactic and Glycolic acids, these pads are great for those who might want to avoid Salicylic Acid or don’t necessarily have congestion prone skin like I do as they don’t include Salicylic Acid. Personally being congestion prone I do like Salicylic Acid in my acids. It also has more soothing properties with cucumber extracts and aloe vera juice as well as antioxidants such as, Licorice Root, Feverfew and White Tea extracts, which help to fight environmental aggressors. 30$ (60 applications). .
✅Key Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and fruit extracts