Until this year the last time I used pre-moistened toner pads was back in middle and high school where they were acne fighting toner pads. Then I picked up the Elemis exfoliating tone pads and I thought, Wow, what have I been missing? I really liked them, so I was thrilled when another set of toner pads, the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Toner Pads came my way via a subscription box. I had other products to work through and since I know they tend to start drying out once you open them, I held off for a while before opening to give this a try.
Recently I had a very good experience with the Coconut Water gel cream from First Aid Beauty. I tried a sample and instantly wished it was a full sized version. It is high on my list of full sizes to pick up in the near future. So because of both my recent positive experiences with both toner pads and First Aid Beauty, I was excited to try these out. But first, let’s see what the product is supposed to do.
A daily treatment pad that contains just the right amount of Lactic and Glycolic Acids to safely and effectively exfoliate, tone, and brighten all skin types, including sensitive. Facial Radiance Pads are safe for daily use by all skin types—even sensitive. Cucumber and Indian Gooseberry help tone skin while Lemon Peel and Licorice Root leave the complexion looking bright and glowing. Regular use of these pads will smooth the skin’s texture—providing the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.
FULL INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, EDTA, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.First Aid Beauty
Okay, so I broke the seal holding all the moisture into the toner pads and committed to using them until they were gone.
First, the scent. They smell vaguely like soap but other wise, I could detect no real scent to them. The toner pads themselves are a little thin and have the tendency to roll up on themselves when you swipe across the face, but this isn’t a major issue and easily fixed when it happens. They are textured which provides a nice light exfoliation, helping to sweep away the dirt and makeup.
The pads themselves are a little wetter than I would like and they do leave a fair amount of serum on the skin. I found myself patting my face dry after using them because the serum used in the product isn’t one that absorbs well into the skin. At least not my skin. I think it is a serum designed to exfoliate, not really absorb.
I will say my skin did look good while using these toner pads. The Facial Radiance Pads from FAB are safe to use daily. On my skin there was no problem using them daily, and they did help with texture issues. Most of my texture is caused by clogged pores creating bumps under the skin. The serum in these pads did a very good job clearing out those clogged pores and giving the skin a much smoother appearance.
However, the serum left my skin feeling sticky. I have looked over the ingredients list multiple times, but I cannot identify the culprit. But whatever it is, my skin felt sticky. What I found myself doing with these pads the longer I used them was to use a cleansing oil or balm to remove my makeup, then use the Facial Radiance Pads, then I would wait a little while, leaving the bathroom to do other things before bed, and then coming back washing my face with my regular cleanser, then toning and following with serum and moisturizer. I just could not leave the serum from these toner pads on my skin without feeling like I needed to wash it. So I gave it a little time to work it’s magic and then washed it off to continue with my routine.
Used this way, the Facial Radiance Pads were extremely effective. It required a little thinking and planning to use them to their full advantage, but they were effective. They are kind of like the prima donna of the skin care routine. You have to schedule them and give them their space. Then they will perform.
This leaves me with divided thoughts on this product as I finally finish the last Facial Radiance Pad in my little jar. Do they work? Yes. Would I mind keeping them around? No, not at all. I think they would be nice to keep around. I just wouldn’t use them everyday. And there is the issue. Because pre-moistened toner pads start to dry out as soon as you open them and so you have to pretty much commit to using them every day once you open the product or you risk wasting them as they dry out. That is just their nature.
Now there is a compromise.
The full sized version of this product contains 60 toner pads. The smaller size (which I have) is 28 toner pads. While for me, the large would just be too many, I could see getting the smaller 28 ct jar ad using it the month before a big event. I could see opening it a month before my skin needed to look it’s best and then adjusting my skin care routine around just for that month. It means that all of the pads could be used before they dry out and I wouldn’t have to commit to a two month ritual. While the 60 ct jar is $34, the $28 ct jar is only $17. I could very much see myself adding this to my pre even prep a month before the event, especially at that price. I just know I wouldn’t use them on a daily basis.
Peter Thomas Roth has two sales starting today that you might want to take advantage of. The first is BOGO Masks (buy 1 mask get one 30% off). This deal runs through 10/31 and you will need to use the coupon code BOGOMASK at checkout. I highly recommend the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask as it is one of my favorites. It smells fabulous and works fantastically.
The second sale is the Fall Back Sale 20% off Sitewide. It starts today and runs through november 1st. You would use the Coupon Code: FALLBACK for this one. In addition to the Pumpkin Enzyme mask I would recommend the PTR Skin to Die For Primer and the Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Moisturizer. All three are on my to be purchased list. I am also thinking of the mask set (pictured below as a christmas gift this year for a cousin who loves skin care as much as I do (and in fact recommended the Pumpkin Enzyme mask to me in the first place)