time for another skincare review, and i know that things are going to escalate quickly because today i’m going to give a review on exfoliating toner. those who are still new to this mumble jumble skincare jungle would scream “that’s nonsense!!!!” to the idea of pouring acid on skin, because it’s something that nobody outside a horror movie should ever try, BUT! once you find the right acid exfoliating toner, it will change your skincare game forever. so, the one i’m going to talk about is my first and only (at the moment) exfoliating toner which also happens to be the game-changer in my skincare routine: Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme, that you’ve probably seen on my instagram account.
what is it?
back when i just discovered about chemical exfoliator several months ago, i had no idea about which product that would exfoliate dead skin layers without exacerbating my skin’s dryness. i was clueless and confused (wasn’t everyone???) and when i found this, i had some kind of dire urge that pushed me to put this in my cart and checkout, despite the “Extreme” name that seemed a bit scary for someone who had never touched any kind of exfoliating toner. this product labeled itself as super-strength acid exfoliating facial pads to target oily + congested skin. (which means anyone who has dry skin must be either fearless or stupid to buy and use this and that’s me~) the pads contain 5% glycolic acid that the company claims to be their highest level (hence, the “Extreme” label) and these pads have been further enhanced with additional salicylic acid, lactic acid, and hyaluronic acid that work together to not only exfoliate dead skin cells but also fade discoloration, unclog pores, reduce blemishes, even out skin tone & texture, and also improve skin hydration. these pads should only be used at night time due to the AHA & BHA ingredients that increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn, and should be followed with sunscreen in the next morning.
texture and impression:
one jar contains 60 soaked pads, each pad is 55 mm diameter with a textured surface on one side and a plain surface on the other side. the pads have a fresh citrus scent that i personally like, though i know that won’t be good for those who has sensitive skin or allergic reaction to fragranced skincare. i use these pads 2-3 times a week, one pad per use on my double-cleansed skin, followed by a hydrating toner and serum and oil. i always use the textured side first, then followed with the plain side to polish skin surface. the first time i used the pad, i felt a tingling, slightly stinging sensation that faded after several times of use, probably because my skin had adjusted itself to the formula. what about the result? i’d like to say, it’s almost m a g i c a l ~ because the morning after the first time i used this, i noticed that my skin became slightly brighter and softer, and now my skin has become more even-toned and waaaay smoother. i used to have tiny white bumps on my nose that seemed to grow time after time and would temporarily disappear after a clinical facial treatment and came right back within 3-4 weeks, but after i used these pads, the bumps are gone for real. thanks to Nip+Fab for making these pads, they unclog my congested skin way better than clinical facial treatments i’ve had for years. my skin still has textures, of course, but not the rough-and-bumpy kind of texture. i think the formula works really well with the hydrating toner, serum, and face oil that i currently use.
these pads are magic in a jar. no kidding. it’s the first exfoliating toner i ever have, and the result of it has set an unbelievably high standard that i’m going to expect if i ever decide to try another exfoliating toner in the future. my skin has never been this good since i started to abuse my face with foundation & other makeup products, these pads really did a good job at unclogging pores and boosting serum’s performance. it’s really really good for anyone who has never tried exfoliating toner, it’s not that extreme, in fact 5% glycolic acid is mild enough because some other brands use 7-10% glycolic acid in their toning solution. if you have a dry skin like me and you’re still unsure whether it will work for you or not, you can try Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads which has 2.5% glycolic acid.
yes. i actually have The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution on the way, and i’m also eyeing Pixi Glow Tonic and Bravura Revitalizing Ginseng Toner (both have 5% glycolic acid). so many exfoliating toners to try, but i’ll always have a soft spot for this Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme, i know i’m going to keep buying this because it’s just really good and also travel friendly compared to other exfoliating toners that come in bulky bottles. price-wise, it only costs GBP 14.95 but i bought it for IDR 489K at benscrub.com and it lasts around 6 months so it’s really worth it.