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Battle of the exfoliating pads

I'm a big fan of daily, gentle exfoliation. It is important to be vigilant about exfoliation to prevent clogged pores and such. That said, stripping the skin's surface with harsh products will only motivate oily skin to kick oil production into overdrive, so it is crucial to fine a product that is effective without being harsh.

First Aid Beauty - Facial Radiance Pads
Via Sephora
The FAB pads contain lactic and glycolic acids which work as gentle exfoliators.
Pros: as advertised, these pads are effective exfoliators, yet do not result in tight, irritated skin. I used these pads as I would a toner - wiping it across my face, neck, and décolleté after I cleansed my skin. Also, the raised surface of the pads seems to aid in trapping dead skin.
Cons: as hubs, Kingfisher, will attest, I spend a lot of money on beauty products. It's a weakness. I know. However, even I, had to balk at the ridiculous price. $28/60 pads seems a bit much when there are effective alternatives available.

St. Ives - Scrub Free Exfoliating Pads
Via Drugstore.com

The Scrub-Free Exfoliating pads contain AHA for gentle exfoliation.
Pros: I noted reduced breakouts, and clear skin after daily use. As with the First Aid Beauty pads, I did not have irritated, angry skin after using these pads consistently. These pads are available for $4.42/60 pads.
Cons: pads do not have a raised surface as the F.A.B. pads do, but I feel this is a minor point.

Bottom line: I noted no discernible difference in quality between the F.A.B. and St. Ives versions of exfoliating pads. I've made the switch to St. Ives. These babies pack a gentle, effective, and budget-friendly punch!

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