These pads contain a blend of lactic and glycolic acids, which are two very effective forms of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are excellent exfoliants, but for them to work they must be within a pH range of 3.5 to 4.5 and there also must be a high enough concentration of them present as well, about 4% to 10% concentration. In this case, although the pH is low enough, the combined amount of AHAs is likely too low for either to work as they should to remove excess dead skin cells.
The pads are steeped in a formula with beneficial ingredients, but there are irritating ingredients included as well, which adds up to a problem for skin. Please see More Info below for details on the irritating ingredients and why irritation is bad for your skin.
- Contains some helpful water-binding and soothing agents.
- The amount of AHAs is too low for exfoliation to occur.
- Contains several plant-based irritants.
- Licorice extract can improve skin discolorations and uneven skin tone, but there isn't enough in this product to have an impact.
The formula for these pads is frustrating because it contains a mix of helpful and irritating ingredients. Among the irritants are radish root, lemon, orange, and, potentially, feverfew, which can be a problem if its irritating constituent isn't removed, and there's no way to determine this from the ingredient label (First Aid Beauty confirmed that they are using irritant-free feverfew). Given that the combined amount of AHAs is too low for effective exfoliation, you're left with pads that can hydrate skin, but pose a risk of irritation. Irritation hurts skin's healing process and its ability to produce healthy collagen. Please see our list of Best AHA Exfoliants for preferred (and less expensive) options.
These Facial Radiance Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use, even for people with reactive skin. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the face, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin bright and glowing. First Aid Beauty's facial radiance pads are free of harsh chemicals and colorants.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.