by ZOE FOSTER
Do you use facial pads?
You might like to, because they’re terrific. And after a friend spotted some on my bathroom sink yesterday and was amazed by their niftiness, I thought, goodness, perhaps this is the Veep (TV show that is excellent and you should find and watch) of skin care products, AKA something incredibly good and wonderful but not nearly as popular as it should be.
They’re fantastic, facial pads. Just small circles of cotton soaked in skin care ingredients that will exfoliate and gently resurface your face. They’re disposable one-use little marvels that come in a jar with 60 or so of their friends, and are hygienic and fresh and ready to use with the perfect dose of ingredients, so you don’t have to guess/can’t overdo it. (Important when dealing with AHAs and even salicylic acid, which these pads all contain.)
They’re very quick and easy to use, negate the need for specialised toners and masks, and can be used for:
– Skin that is dull or dry or tired and needing a boost/some glow
– Blemished skins and breakouts
– Softening lines and brightening up the skin
And for the time poor, or the I-do-not-care-for-complicated-skin-care-routines-and-numerous-products, or the travelly, or the lazy, or the can’t-afford-regular-facials-but-want-great-skin, or the I-enjoy-wild-weekends-and-pay-for-it-with-my-skin types, these are potentially your new bezzie. You can use (some of) them daily if your skin needs it/can take it, weekly, or just when you need some glow. They are pretty active, though, so sadly (generally) sensitive skinned types won’t be able to enjoy their effects.
You simply cleanse, then swipe one little pad all over your face, nice and thoroughly, (really giving the blackhead zone a good rub), let it dry for a minute or two, then follow with either your serum then night cream, or just your night cream. I recommend saving them for night-time due to the AHAs, which as we know, make your skin more sensitive to the sun.