Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads Review

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads Review

It’s no surprise I’m obsessed with acids, I mean I have a post here and here about it and reviews on products which contain them here and here too! I haven’t had the best experience with the Naturally Radiant Collection from Superdrug however when I saw these I just had to give it a shot. I’m talking about the new Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads which look a lot like the Nip Fab pads.

The Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads are infused with plant extracts and promise to improve skintone and texture and awaken skin’s natural glow. It’s been formulated with AHA and fruit acid blend as well as aloe, witch hazel and Pro Vitamin B5 to improve skin’s clarity and smoothness of the skin’s surface

Experience

The pads come in a tub container and contains 60 pads. I use two daily, one for my face and another for my neck and chest. The pads are moist but not as moist as I would like them to be. They haven’t dried out since I started using them. Superdrug recommends you use the rough side of the pad 1st and the smooth side 2nd. I didn’t know this until now- it says this online and NOT on the container.

I’ve been testing out these pads and I must admit I like them. I use them as the acid toner in my routine, after washing my face and before misting with a water mist. I’m not sure of the acid content as it is not mentioned on the packaging but I assume it’s quite low, maybe 2% or less( I could be wrong). They don’t sting so misting is really optional with these pads.

I have noticed a slight improvement in the texture of my skin but not necessarily an improvement in skin tone or brightness yet. I feel it makes my skin look smoother and pores reduced. It’s also great for catching any last bits of makeup that is still hanging around after washing. They have a pleasant scent.

Verdict

I think these pads are a perfect dupe for the NIP FAB Daily Fix Glycolic Pads. They perform the same way and they are much cheaper than the NIP FAB ones. I will recommend these to anyone looking to start with acids but not sure where to start. I wish they would state the acid content of the pads on the product or online just so I know how much acid I am using. But to be on the safe side I always use SPF anyway.

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The Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Daily Cleansing Pads are £5.99 at Superdrug

Skincare Ingredients: AHA’s & BHA’s

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Skincare is one of those things you just have to do, PROPERLY. Your skin is one of your largest organs and also in contact with almost everything the external environment has to offer. Think of all the elements: sun, rain, wind and everything in between. Whilst a large part of skincare is what goes in (eating, drinking, sleep). An important part and slightly easier to control is what goes on the outside (products). Think it’s so much easier to just wash your face than to cut out your fav ice cream huh?

For beginners, refer to my Do I Need a Skincare Routine post, which will give you the basics and introduce you to some of the great products the drugstore has to offer, this isn’t to say you can’t learn a thing or two from this post. If you want to take your skincare a bit further and don’t mind an extra step or 3 in your routine then this post is for you! I will be talking about AHA’s and BHA’s, very popular ingredients and what is can do for your skin

We can’t talk about AHA’s & BHA’s without touching on exfoliation. Just like our hair, our skin sheds loads and loads of skin cells each day. Over time with sun damage (I bet you will start reaching for your SPF now!) and age, the natural ability of the skin to do this slowly decreases. Exfoliation gives the skin a little boost and removes layers of built up dead cells which can lead to clogged pores, texture on the skin and a dull complexion. Traditional way of exfoliation is to use a face scrub however this can be too harsh on the skin..

Enter AHA’s & BHA’s

Alpha & Beta Hydroxy Acids have changed the exfoliation game in that they are chemical exfoliants that are left on the skin compared to the traditional wash off face scrubs. They are also suitable for daily use.  Whilst they work in similar ways, they are slightly different and used for different-ish skin concerns

AHA- e.g. Glycolic or Lactic Acids. Exfoliates the skin’s surface and can improve moisture content. Best recommended for dry to normal skin and sun damaged skin

BHA- e.g. Salicylic Acid. Exfoliates the skin’s surface and pores making it great for blackheads. Has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and is best recommended for oily skin

NOTE- both acids will increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun so it is ESSENTIAL you use SPF at least factor 30 even in the winter.

Now that you are equipped with this knowledge, you can re-evaluate your skincare routine and add an acid to it. It will seriously up your game! I will recommend you start off with formulas suitable for sensitive skin or with a lower acid content if you are concerned about how your skin will react. Both AHA & BHA are generally safe to use but if you have any doubts no matter how small speak to a dermatologist.

Products

Acids can come in many forms: creams, lotions, serums, toners etc, find which one you would like to use. For instance, I currently use an acid based toner and serum (and at night) because it is more convenient for me that way. I use it at night as the skin tends to do all the repair work then and there is less potential sun damage.

Recommendations ( these are just ones I have used or ones I have researched and will use shortly, there are literally TONS of products out there to suit every budget, this will get you going in the right direction!)

NIP FAB Glycolic range (I have a review on the NIP FAB PADS)

Pixi Glow Tonic (review)

Pixi Glow Peel Pads

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel (review)

Paula’s Choice AHA & BHA products

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5%

And many more!

Here’s my personal collection of some of the AHA&BHA products I use

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I hope you found this post useful! I will be doing a lot more of these posts as I carry on with my research and improving my skincare knowledge. These posts help me as much as they help others. Feel free to drop comments of your fav products or how you incorporate acids in your skincare routine. Hopefully, after reading and understanding this post, you won’t be terrified when you hear that people are putting acids on their face LOL. You should have seen the look on my brother’s face when I said at one time I needed to buy an acid based toner LOL

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Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum Review

 

superdrug clearly youthful resurfacing night serum

Before getting into the review, I have to let you guys in on how and why I started using acid based serums.

Story time!

The Superdrug Clearly Youthful Night Resurfacing Serum was a chance discovery during the summer. My skin was doing all sorts of madness and for a while, it literally went from normal/combination (more on the normal side) to blemish blemish blemish everywhere! One thing I despise is spots on my face because I can’t help but pick them and that leaves dark marks etc etc etc you know the deal

One evening, I was browsing YouTube and blogs and came across acid based products that help clear your skin. I was excited because I thought well this could be it!  I was trying everything (clarifying masks, no makeup, and water) to stop these blemishes but nothing would suffice. I mean, now that I think about it, it wasn’t that BAD and I was probably over reacting, I just hate the look of spots on my face. Anyway, I started looking at products recommendations online and everything that came up were high-end products?! So I (temporarily) abandoned the idea

A couple of days later I went to Superdrug to stock up on my fav B. Pure Sensitive Micellar Wipes and whilst browsing the skincare section( I do this ALL the time, even if I just go in for one item smh), I came across this little product and even better it was on offer: BOGOF. So I got it and I haven’t looked back since lol

Now onto the review

The Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum has a 2 in 1 anti-blemish and anti-ageing formula. It has glycolic and lactic acid and helps to mattify the skin. It’s supposed to help fight further breakouts, diminish the appearance of age spots and hyperpigmentation and help skin look clearer and healthier

Experience 

I LOVE this stuff and I am probably on my 4th bottle. It has helped clear my skin- hyperpigmentation looks better and even spots no more! Well, it’s gone back to its original pattern- once in a while or around that time of the month. Pores? What pores? Its helped reduced the look of pores drastically. I also use to as a spot treatment. When I feel/see a spot starting to form, I put a few drops on it and in about two days the spot disappears.

The packaging is simple yet effective. It has a dropper (which works!) which I think is amazing for a product that cheap. My only wish is that I took pictures when I first started using it and that they put the acidic content on the package. My guess would be its 5% acidic or probably more- it does say it contains the maximum permitted levels. I use it after toning (current toner is the Nip Fab Glycolic Pads) and follow with a water mist (Currently using Vichy Thermal Spring Water mist) to balance my skin and neutralise it (this step isn’t essential). Then finish with my night cream (Nivea Regenerating Night Cream) with a tiny amount of SPF (Ultra sun SPF 50) – they recommend SPF after use and I saw better results this way, compared to just using SPF the following morning. I didn’t experience any tingling sensation with this probably because my skin is used to acids.

Verdict

This drugstore serum has been a staple in my skincare stash and I know I will always keep repurchasing it! Superdrug do not ever stop making this stuff!( like how you got rid of my fav mascara- Paparazzi! Which was in your 2true range!) Its highly effective formula just works and its only 4 pounds and almost always on offer! Superdrug hit the nail on the head this time with this product! I really can’t fault it. I haven’t tried any other products from the Clearly Youthful range but I don’t doubt their effectiveness. I would advise though if you try this MAKE absolutely sure to use SPF- it’s non-negotiable. Acid based products make your skin more sensitive to sun damage so don’t skip it- even in the winter.  I use SPF all year round and immediately after using the serum too. I won’t recommend using it in the morning for the day because that’s when the sun is at its highest.

If you are looking to take your skin to the next level or you’re interested in acid based products and have done your research, please please give this a try! I can’t recommend it enough

Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum is at Superdrug

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