Welcome to my first official review! Today I’ll be talking about the Nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Radiance Peel Pads. Exfoliating pads are my favorite methods of exfoliating, so I was really glad when I stumbled upon these while searching for a new peeling pad.
It comes in a nice, sturdy plastic tub filled with pre-soaked cotton pads. The tub originally had a tamper prevention seal over it to prevent contamination and to keep the essence from evaporating.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Methylpropanediol, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycolic Acid, Niacinamide, Sodium PCA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, C12-14 Pareth-12, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Onsen-Sui, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark (Cinnamon) Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide Np, Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Fruit Oil
- Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and is one of the most common AHAs and is water soluble. AHAs stimulate cellular turnover rates and help slough off dead skin cells. It can help decrease the appearance of small wrinkles, brighten your skin tone, fade hyperpigmentation, and improve the skin texture.
- Lactic acid is another type of AHA. Lactic acid does all of the above but is considered more gentle than glycolic acid because the molecular size of lactic acid are bigger and doesn’t penetrate as deep as glycolic. It’s also quite hydrating compared to glycolic.
- Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and is oil soluble, unlike AHAs. This means that they can penetrate the pore and help break down sebum and dead skin cells from inside the skin as well as the surface. Because of this, BHA is effective in clearing out clogged pores and is great for acne-prone skin.
- Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3 and has a multitude of skin benefits. It can help brighten and even out skin tone, decrease enlarged pores, reduce fine lines, and soothe the skin. It’s a great antioxidant that’s also perfect for aging, dehydrated skin with weak moisture barriers.
- Panthenol is a humectant that holds and retains moisture.
- Sorbitol is another humectant and thickening agent.
- Centella Asiatic Extract can help reduce redness and soothe inflammation.
- Soybean Ferment Extract can help restore and soothe the skin, as well as improve uneven skin tone.
- Ceramide NP is one of the several types of ceramides and are important for the skin’s barrier functions. Ceramides are lipids that are naturally occurring components of the skin’s outer layers. They have water retention properties and can help replenish and restore the skin’s moisture levels. Topical application of ceramides is important because, over time, they can be depleted if the skin is dry, damaged, or mature. Exfoliation helps remove deleted lipids, so adding them back to the skin is beneficial.
As you can see, there are a ton of beneficial hydrating, brightening, soothing, and exfoliating ingredients in these pads.
Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba (Litsea) Fruit Oil
The pads have 2 sides: A textured side and a smooth side. The textured side provides some gentle physical exfoliation, while the smooth side is meant to wipe away any remaining debris. You could argue that either side provides some light physical exfoliation regardless.
I like using the textured side around my nose, jawline, and areas on my cheeks where there are more closed comedones and clogged pores. Afterward, I use the smooth side to gently sweep my entire face.
These pads are absolutely soaked in essence, so even after wiping my entire face, I still have enough to use on other parts of my body. I like using the leftover acid along my shoulders, arms, and back, where I have some light keratosis pilaris. You could cut these in half and you’d still have more than enough for your entire face.
I’ve been using these pads for about 2 months now to help reduce my breakouts and even out my skin tone from hyperpigmentation marks. I also have some closed comedones that I wanted to bring up to the surface.
These pads have a typical acid smell, but the essential oils help mask the scent slightly. All acids tend to have have a pungent smell but it doesn’t linger.
When I started using these, I was suffering from a really bad breakout along the side of my cheek. I also had 4 closed comedones that were all clustered around my left cheekbone. It felt quite tingly and stung slightly but this is common when using acids. The stinging was very mild and subsided after a few seconds.
The next morning, the painful, inflamed papules on my cheek had actually calmed down significantly. I noticed that they weren’t as red and painful, and some of the smaller blemishes had actually gone away. As for the closed comedones cluster, they eventually all came to a head after a couple of weeks of usage.
After continuous usage, I noticed that my skin tone has become more bright and even. As of now, all of my previous hyperpigmentation marks are completely gone. Of course, I now have a new set of marks to get rid from another breakout, although I have no doubt that these pads will help clear those away just as well.
I also loved how these contained a blend of AHA and BHA in a single pad. The ease of exfoliating pads is definitely one reason why they’re my favorite method of exfoliation. I just swipe, and I’m done!
Right now I’m using them 2 to 3 times a week. If you’re new to acids, you should build up your skin’s tolerance to them and then use accordingly. It’s important that your skin becomes acclimated to acids because you can irritate your skin and possibly over-exfoliate. Too much exfoliation can damage your skin barrier and cause irritation, dehydration, and breakouts.
These have definitely become a staple in my routine. My skin has become more even toned and my breakouts have improved since I’ve been using these. I haven’t really experienced any cons while using these pads other than over-exfoliation, which was my fault.
It’s important to note that it’s extremely important that you wear sunscreen if you use AHAs. Although you should be wearing sunscreen on a daily basis regardless, your skin becomes more photosensitive while using AHAs. Seriously, don’t even consider using any type of AHA if you don’t plan on wearing any sunscreen daily! You can really damage and irritate your skin if you have a high level of sun exposure while using acids.