After talking about acid toning in general, my holy grail product (click here) and my recommendation for AHA-newbies (click here), the time has come to introduce you to an alternative which is effective, budget friendly and easy to travel with.
“Easy to travel with” might not be the first thing you look for in a beauty product, but if you are a skincare hoarder lover like yours truly, you will come to the conclusion that with traveling sometimes less is more when it comes to heavy (and sophisticated) glass bottle packaging.
So let me introduce you to the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads. The picture below shows a special edition containing extracts of raspberry and cranberry, the usual packaging isn’t as pink.
I usually use the plain version without added raspberry and cranberry extract, and as they are listed second to last on the ingredient list, I reckon the difference is marginal.
The packaging looks cheap and although it is functional (I experienced no leaking), there is just no joy in seeing it on my bathroom shelf.
But you get what you pay for, and in this case the Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Pads contains 65 pads priced 11 €. As I use them every other night in turns with AlphaH Liquid Gold (here), they last me four months.
You can do the maths yourself, but this is quite a bargain.
Regarding the ingredient list, they contain alcohol (just like the two products mentioned before) and Salicylic Acid listed on the fourth place of the ingredient list.
As I mentioned in Acid Toning Week Part 1, Salicylic Acid is especially targeted towards combination/oily skin and great in fighting breakouts, which may be why these pads are labeled “acne treatment”.
But before you stop reading and dismiss them as teenager suited product, let me share another beneficial ingredient with you: Niacinamide.
Niacinamide is no chemical exfoliant, but a Vitamin, Vitamin B3 to be correct, and known for its anti-ageing properties, such as increasing skins elasticity, texture and evening out scarring by increasing ceramide and free fatty acid levels in the skin as well as preventing moisture loss.
On top of that there are humectants to hydrate and bisabolol for soothing, which counteract the irritation and dehydration sometimes caused by exfoliation.
Sounds like something you really need for your acne prone, but slowly aging skin.
As far as travel friendly is concerned: The plastic packaging is lightweight, and as the pads are soaked in product (they really are), there is no danger of spilling.
You can even keep it in your carry-on luggage for a quick exfoliation during the flight.
Does it live up to its claims?
Concerning the packaging you get what you pay for, but as the main purpose of the product is to make your skin look awesome, not to look pretty on your bathroom shelf, this is just a minor throwback.
Given the added niacinamide, it tackles acne, scarring and aging. What more could you ask for?
Will I repurchase?
If I go on a short trip, this is usually the only acid toner I take with me, and I like the convenience of just pulling out a pad, go over face and neck and be done.
Who would I recommend it to?
Anyone on a budget or traveling a lot.
This is stronger than the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner, so if you have got sensitive skin, using this once or twice a week might be sufficient.
Similar face pads might be Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads or First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, both of which are on my to-try-list.
If you used any of these or have other recommendations, please let me know in the comments below.