Sunday, 17 January 2016

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliator Pads

What are they?
'Improve skin elasticity and bid a permanent farewell to dull skin with radical age defying exfoliating pads.'

Acid toning in a pad.

Who are they for?
All ages but particularly recommended for those worried about signs of ageing. Slightly more 'grown-up' skins. 

What’s in them?
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Salicylic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Allantoin, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Resveratrol, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Pca, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Lecithin, Limonene, Linalool

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
essential oils
alcohol - although most acid toners need either alcohol, witch hazel or vinegar for the acids. It is worth bearing in mind that alcohols used with acids have a different effect on the skin than astringent 'toners' where alcohol is the first or second ingredient, and you can literally feel your face drying out out as you swipe.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man-made loveliness, vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How do you use them?
Apply after cleansing, all over the face, including eyelids and lips. Flip over, go again.

What’s good about them?
I love these pads. They contain the usual acids along with willow bark for lazy pores, Osilift for toning and tightening and witch hazel as a mild astringent. They give good sting, but no burn. They also have resveratrol and centella asiatica, two ingredients I always keep an eye out for. In a good way.
These pads are in my 'must-have' acid selection and I keep a back-up. I also love the ethos behind the brand, if you aren't aware of Radical start here:

What’s not so good about them?
They're £48.00 for 60, so not the cheapest option. However, if you are using them once a day it's £24.00 a month, which is more on a par with most of the others (mid-range and up) on the market. A lot of the other pads on the market come in packs of 30. Always look at quantity vs price. Skincare is no different from buying fruit. ;)

Similar products?
All the other pads. Zelens, First Aid Beauty, Malin & Goetz, PTR - all of them have something individual from these and are worth checking out. Acids and cleansers are what I keep the biggest collection of. They're like good music and excellent tea. You can never have enough. 

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliator Pads are £48.00 from and $78.00 from


  1. I wish my skincare cost the same as fruit!!!

  2. I LOVE these pads, Caroline! They're my favourite acid exfoliant yet. My skin is so clear when I'm using them.
    Would you still use Glow Tonic in the morning (eg) with these, or alternate days? X

  3. I love these. Gave me results like no other. My skin is the same age as is Caroline's mother's. These pads have helped lessen lines, lighten pigmentation, and decrease pore size. I sometimes cut the pads in half, using scissors. There is enough product in the jar that one-half pad will often suffice. Helps to stretch the budget.

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  5. I think the Radical may just be my favourite pads of all. I have purchased them a few times in either travel/trial packs (they come in lots of 15 pads). I still have one more 15 pack left but I will definitely be buying a full size pot of these when I use these up.
    The Beauty Bloss

  6. So not really related to the post at all, but I just watched a video on YouTube where a girl used something called a derma roller. She said essentially it's little teeny tiny needles that you roll over you face once a week and it causes just enough damage to your skin to encourage cell turnover and improve the appearance of skin. I know you prefer comments where you can answer quickly, so I won't ask your thoughts (unless you wish to provide them), but I'm genuinely curious. Do you agree? (See simple yes or no right there for ya.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I am not Caroline but if memory serves, she has previously addressed this subject, and I believe she is not in favor of the derma rollers. Perhaps others will chime in here, and will correct me if I am mistaken.

    2. Thanks for the response Riley. I couldn't find anything where she discussed it, but my search skills are probably not up to par. It sounded a little ridiculous to me, but hey, who knows - it might work? That's why I was curious. So thanks for letting me know!

    3. Yep. Caroline has previously given "Dermarollers" a big no.

  7. "although most acid toners need either alcohol, witch hazel or vinegar for the acids."

    That's interesting. Do you know why?

    Also wondering if that's why it's in the Clarins exfol toner - which I love even with sensitive skin. Thanks.

    1. Yes, it is interesting. Originally, I was concerned about using these pads regularly because alcohol is fifth on the ingredients list but the results I have had have been wonderful.

  8. I flippin' love these; would hate to be without them. I have used them for around 4 months now and just 3 times a week has kept the milia around the eyes at bay (Sunday Riley Good Genes as a treatment helped shift those pesky things), reduced under eye lines, got rid of the blocked pores in the creases either side of my nose and is sorting out the blackheads/blocked pores on my nose too. Pricey, yes, (though not as spendy as the Dr Dennis Gross pads) and using only 3 times a week makes them cost effective. I use one pad for face, neck and chest. Here in Australia we have no Zelens or Pixi but the lovely ladies in the store 'Mecca' will happily give you a couple of Radical Skincare pads to try at home so you can see if they suit before parting with a hefty sum. These are also helping to clear my teen's back acne too! Fantastic product!

    1. I might not have tried these since I have soem other good options, but all of the comments have made me put these on my list. Thank you.

  9. I have been faithful to my Clearasil Exfoliating Pads for a long time, but I feel the need to expand my horizon.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  10. Check out feelunique as priced at £38.40

  11. I bought these from for £34 last week, soooo glad to see them recommended on here ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. I purchased these for £34 from last week. Soooo glad to see them recommended on here ๐Ÿ˜Š

  13. Hello, Caroline!!! Now that you mention Resveratrol.... What do you think about the Caudalie Resveratrol? Txs!

  14. Great post Caroline, I've always wanted to try out Radical skincare... might have to put this on my wish list!x

  15. Hi Caroline, would you consider doing a post that goes more in depth about how Alcohol denat works in conjunction with acids. I personally like to avoid products with this kind of alcohol, but if it improves the acid delivery system, I'd be interested to know how. Thanks :-)

  16. I have dr Dennis Gross pads and p50 original formula and now just bought these after seeing this post. I've used them a few times and already love them. I think I like them better than the Dr. Gross pads. I have a little rosacea and these actually seem to calm it down and also do their job of smoothing skin and keeping spots away. Love them! Thanks for the recommendation!


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