I’ve been left with a very swollen face since I had my tooth implant last Friday and it has only just started to die down today. Oddly, as soon as it puffed up, I lost all redness and my skin was clear for the first time in ages, but alas, as it slowly deflates it’s all coming back. What’s the heck is that all about?! About a month before my appointment, I decided to slightly change my skin care routine in a bid to try and fight for my right to a good complexion, and one of the products I tested out was the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (quite a mouthful eh!).
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are designed to brighten, tone and exfoliate the skin. There are 60 pads in a pot and each is saturated with what seem to me like quite low levels of lactic and glycolic acids; cucumber and Indian gooseberry (for toning) as well as lemon peel and licorice root (for brightening). They contain no parabens, harsh chemicals or colourants and are said to improve skin clarity, reduce visible pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Marvellous!
After trying these out for about three weeks, I did feel that there was an improvement in the redness of my skin, and overall they seemed to have a calming effect when used on a daily basis. They were also very softening. For one of the trial weeks, I used them twice a day and things looked even better again. My skin looked a little brighter and the pads were a refreshing boost to my morning routine. I didn’t however notice any improvement to my pores and when it comes to fine lines… I have absolutely no idea! Who can tell these things in such a short time, without using a microscope?!
Would I buy them again? Hmm, I’m not sure actually. They come in at around £20 a pop and if you use them twice a day that’s a monthly installment that could be used more effectivly elsewhere. I feel that they are worth a try if not only for the refreshing feel they give after cleansing, however I do wonder if they would have as many benefits for those that are used to more abrasive products on their skin. Saying that, I did wipe one on my fiancee’s face one day and he said it stung a little. He’s a bit of a weed don’t you know! I might just find myself adding it to my basket again, but probably as an ‘every now and then’ option. I still swear by my dermalogica daily microfoliant and like to use that as often as possible – so far that’s been my favourite form of exfoliation.
If I’m totally honest the thing that has given my skin the best boost has been my daily kale and cucumber juice, but I really really can’t hack it every day. So, on with my quest to find a full skin routine that suits me best…
Have you tried the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads? What do you think?