Being on the later end of the Generation X spectrum I’ve been more and more interested in taking care of my skin and find myself gravitating towards products that are “anti-aging”. I do a lot of research to educate myself on the best ingredients for my skin at this stage in my life. One important step in any skincare routine (not just an anti-aging one) is exfoliation. For both men and women, this is a must!
I admit, I love my St. Ives Apricot Scrub (who hasn’t used this at least once in their lifetime?). But I’ve learned that such type of exfoliation is not required every day (which I was doing in my 20’s) and now in my 30’s I use this type of exfoliation only once or twice per week to really slough off any dead skin cells and bring radiance back to my skin for the following days.
I’ve heard good reviews about the FAB pads so I thought I’d give them a try.
My first experience with AHA or Glycolic Acid was with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads, which I really liked. I thought I’d try the FAB pads — same concept — and see which one I might like better.
Just like the Nip+Fab pads, the main focus of this product is glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a form of AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid. It is an exfoliator that acts to weaken the lipids that hold dead skin cells together to reveal new skin cells. It can also lighten discolouration (e.g. sun spots, age spots), brighten the complexion, minimize pores and help with acne or blackhead prone skin. It can reduce wrinkles and fine lines and also reduces dullness by promoting skin cell turnover.
The FAB pads are practically similar to the Nip+Fab pads, however, there a substantial difference in price — Nip+Fab (60 pads) retails for $12.99 Cdn regular price at Shoppers Drug Mart and the FAB pads (60 pads) retail for $37 Cdn at Sephora. The pads themselves in both products feel the same — thin, quilted and pre-moistened. The FAB pads have a slight scent, almost medicinal; whereas the Nip+Fab pads have a more pleasant fresh scent.
After using the FAB pads every day, once a day since I got them (about 2 weeks), my skin feels good, but I can’t say that I’ve noticed a significance improvement — with the Nip+Fab pads I definitely notice an improvment in my skin almost instantly.
I also read that the amount of glycolic acid in the FAB pads are too low to do any sort of adequate exfoliation.
Overall, I do like the FAB pads however, for price point and results, I would most likely go back to the Nip+Fab pads once I finish this supply. Luckily, I only purchased the “sample” size at Sephora — 28 pads for $14 Cdn.
I give the FAB Facial Radiance Pads: a SHOULDER SHRUG
Have you tried the FAB pads? Like or dislike?
Thanks for reading!