My skin is going through a rough patch—literally. The hardest days of the year for my skin are those weeks when the sun is hiding away behind clouds and the air is dryer than the Sahara. The lack of moisture in the air coupled with colder temperatures deprives my skin of natural lipids, which serve as barriers to lock moisture in. For fresher, more glowy skin, nothing works quite as well as the smoothing and hydrating NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme ($22.95), which help retexturize dry, rough skin and are gentle enough for even the most sensitive and reactive users.
Because it’s a nightly treatment, it’s easy to use as it’s the last step (step two after cleansing) in your nighttime skin-care routine. Just one pad is needed to decongest skin all over your face and backs of your hands. Also, the pads are made from plant-based fabrics and wood pulp, so you don’t have to feel guilty about disposing of them because they are completely biodegradable.
The main exfoliators include 5% glycolic acid and salicylic acid, which work to lightly slough off dead skin cells and refine skin texture. Niacinamide calms and clears skin by helping to regulate oil production, leaving skin feeling clean and taut.
How to Use It:
Make it your step two of your nighttime skin-care routine two to three times a week. If you have sensitive skin, start with once a week. Use one pad after cleansing and wipe your forehead, chin, cheeks, nose and anywhere skin is congested. You can also use the pads on your arms, legs, back, chest or wherever you want to soften rough texture or treat body blemishes.
The Bottom Line:
For those with sensitive or reactive skin, because the concentration of glycolic acid is a low 5%, the formula is gentle enough to not cause a reaction yet powerful enough to unclog pores and polish skin. Use it as a chemical exfoliator on day one of a four day skin cycling regimen, or as part of a weekly or semi-weekly self-care routine. Once you see clearer skin and the resulting glow that comes from adding these into your skin toolkit, you’ll never take them out of the rotation.
Price/Where to Buy:
*You can also try it (full-size) in this year’s Luxury Review Box, along with 37 other products!