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Why You Need Exfoliating Facial Pads

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While scrubs may have long been our go-to method to slough away dead skin cells for a brighter complexion, more and more skincare experts are shunning traditional exfoliants in favour of gentler, but equally hard-working, new-generation exfoliating pads. Here’s why...

What exactly are they?

Like a supercharged version of a cotton pad, these high-tech pads come fully loaded with a blend of gentle acids and enzymes to help slough away dead skin cells without over-scrubbing and over-exfoliating like you can with other scrubs. Convenient and easy to use, they are the ideal way to make sure effective exfoliation is part of your regular skincare routine – it’s all down to the acids, which may sound scary but are actually a gentle shortcut to a glowing complexion.

So how do the acids work?

Whether acne, dullness, pigmentation or fine lines are your skincare woe, acids have you covered, working to resurface the complexion by boosting cell turnover and collagen production. Keep an eye out for products containing glycolic acid (also known as alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs), which are suitable for even sensitive skin. Plus, as far as anti-ageing concerns go, glycolic acids have the smallest molecules, which are able to penetrate the skin deeply and yield stronger results.

And how do you use them?

Simply swipe the pre-moistened pad onto a cleansed complexion (morning or night) and let it take care of all the hard work. There’s no need to rinse off, either – it really is as simple as that.

Who are they for?

If you’re looking for the results of retinoids (i.e. a glowing, ageless complexion) but want a gentler approach, exfoliating pads could be for you. They’re also ideal for those looking to get involved with peels but unsure where to start – one of the biggest benefits of exfoliating pads is that they contain exactly the right amount of product without the need to scrub your face until it’s tender.

Anything else?

Even if you use them before bed, remember to use a moisturiser with SPF – or even better, a stand-alone SPF – during the day as acids can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays.


Want in? Shop SL’s edit of the top acid-based exfoliating pads now and prepare to glow...

Glow Peel Pads, £24 | Pixi

The pad version of Pixi’s much-loved Glow Tonic albeit with four times the amount of glycolic acid for a supercharged glow. Use twice per week and prepare to see serious results.

PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads, £65 | Zelens

Infused with a blend of four different hydroxy acids to gradually resurface the skin and in turn, reduce the appearance of lines, scars, dark spots and enlarged pores.

Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula, £70.50 | Dr Dennis Gross

Ideal for mature skin types, these pads work in a two-step formula – the first phase contains five different acids and the second is packed with retinol for an anti-ageing boost.

Smooth Surface Daily Peel Pads, £52 | NeoStrata

This derm-approved at-home system works hard to brighten dull complexions and restore luminosity to sun-damaged skin; use every other day to build up tolerance.

Illuminating Retexturizing Pads, £45 | Elizabeth Arden

With added essential oils and amino acids, these pads will help to soften and hydrate the complexion as well as smooth and brighten.

Resurfacing Glycolic Pads, £40 | Malin + Goetz

Chock-full of physician-grade glycolic acid to slough away dead skin, boost cell turnover and collagen production for a holiday-worthy glow.

Intensify Facial Discs, £60 | Colbert MD

Each of these luxe pads uses gentle microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells and add luminosity to the skin. Prepare to see results in less than a week – we guarantee you’ll be hooked.

Super Acids X-treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads, £45 | Rodial

Formulated with unique salicylic acid and probiotic technology, these will sweep away dirt and refine the skin’s texture for a more toned and even appearance.

Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Pads, £6 | Nip + Fab

With witch hazel and blue daisy, this high street option is ideal for skin prone to breakouts. Gentle enough to use daily, these are a great place to start.



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