Saturday, 26 March 2016

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme

What is it?
Acid pads 

Who is it for?
All skin types except those with obvious sensitivities to acids.

What’s in it?
Aqua (Water/Eau), Glycolic Acid, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Linalool

What's not in it?
parabens

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
fragrance
alcohol

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
man made/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No

How does it smell?
Nice. Citrus.

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Good. Only slight tingles.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
After cleansing, before everything else. I use AM and PM, despite the 'Night' label.

How long before you should see results?
It depends how long you have been using acids for. If you are an old-timer, they will slip nicely into your current routine, if you are new to acids you will notice a difference in the texture of your skin after a couple of uses.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
They are normally 60 pads for £14.95 so just under 25p for each use. BUT: they are currently on offer in Superdrug for £7.45 so 12p a pad.

What’s good about it?
I really like these pads. They're not as strong as they make out, the glycolic at 5% being the equivalent of Glow Tonic, but they do contain extra acids in the form of lactic, salicylic and mandelic. They also contain niacinamide, a brilliant ingredient that is proven to improve skin’s elasticity, enhance its barrier function and help with pigmentation. After I posted about them on Instagram, quite a few readers mentioned that these are much better than the original Glycolic Fix pads and much less drying. That would make sense as these contain less alcohol.

What’s not so good about it?
Not a lot. They're great. If you were being picky you could point out that they weren't exactly 'Extreme', but that's being pedantic. They could be 'Extreme' to someone new to acids.

Works well with?
Good before a really good serum. Your skin will be prepped and ready to go.

Anything to bear in mind when using?
Don't forget your SPF if you do decide to use them in the morning.

What’s the website like?
Good. Ingredients listed, and easy to switch between US and UK accounts.


Similar products? (links are to reviews, listed in ascending price order)
Radical Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads
Colbert MD Intensify Facial Discs



Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme are currently £7.45 from Superdrug.com and instore.
They are £14.95 normally from nipandfab.com and surprisingly, also $14.95 from ulta.com 

Why are they cheaper in the States if it's a British Brand? No clue. You'll have to ask them.


49 comments:

  1. Thanks for that review Caroline. Have just bought them & was unsure how to fit them into my routine being a glycolic newbie. Would it be ok to use a retinol cream afterwards at night?

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    1. If you're a newbie, I would ease in gently. Use your retinol on opposing evenings until you sense your skin is acclimatised. x

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    2. Thank you for your reply & advice Caroline. Happy Easter, or as i like to call it, The Holy Feast of Chocolate!! x

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  2. I have pixie glow tonic, pixie peel pads, zelens pads, bliss incredipeel pads, and alpha H liquid gold. I usually use liquid gold twice a week and then alternate all the other acids through the rest of the week. Should I be using an acid in the morning? I an 33 years old, normal to oily skin, pretty clear with some texture issues such as very small milia on my chin and what I believe may be milia under my eyes.

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    1. The Pixi glow tonic can be used in the morning!

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    2. Firstly, you can use acid am and pm, but if you have milia you may be overdoing it. I would hold fire on the Liquid Gold for a while or at least follow it up with a good eye cream/moisturiser and see if the milia stop coming through.

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  3. Interesting! The regular ones have been my gateway into acids and have been really good on my skin, but I was a bit concerned about the "Extreme". I must get some! (they are half price on Ocado at the moment too, by the by).

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    1. It seems they're half price everywhere. :) x

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  4. I love these and have been through a few pots. I'm currently using the FAB ones but I think I'm going back to these next because my skin likes the salicylic in them. They're so good for the price as well, I can often find them on offer.

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  5. I bought the original ones to try, but I haven't gotten to them just yet! Pity the original ones are drying....that's not going to go down well with my drier than usual skin. I might pick up this one to see the difference.
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. Yes the general feedback all-round is that they are drying. x

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  6. Following advice you gave me in a reply the other day (simplified routine for humanitarian work in Afgahnistan) I was struggling to get my hands on the First Aid Beauty pads up here in Scotland before I leave next week. Then you posted this- Superdrug Dundee, in stock, £7.45, purchased! Wonderful. Impeccable timing- thank you once again Mrs Hirons! X

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    1. Oh perfect! When do you leave? Take care of yourself. :) x

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  7. These sound lovely. I am currently using the Clearasil pads, but the added niacin amide and the blend of acids make these very interesting.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  8. I got these a few weeks ago and started using them every day as I had been with Liquid Gold, Glow Tonic, etc. After four days I woke up and all the skin was peeling on my cheeks - think I'd basically given myself a mild acid peel? Took two weeks of very intensive babying to get it back to normal. I'm using them again once every few days and my skin looks lovely with them, but I'm definitely going to have to be sparing with it.

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    1. Probably! That's why I mix up acids. Keeps your skin guessing. :) x

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  9. I love these and have used the regular ones for quite a while now, but I think I'll stick to these in future, I prefer the smell of these to be honest. My skin loves them.

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  10. Brilliant timing thank you !
    I wanted to take pads away with me rather than liquid acids but didn't want to spend too much as I really love my Pixi but found the originals of these way too drying for my dry/dehydrated skin so hopefully these will be just the ticket :-)
    I only acid tone once a day in the morning as twice was too much but do love some Liquid Gold a couple of times a week as well.
    Acids and Retinol have made such a huge difference to my skin hardly anyone ever guesses I'm 45 thank you Caroline so much xx

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    1. Ah I'm so pleased Caz. Try switching the acids to the evenings though x

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  11. Where is alcohol in the list? There's only benzyl alcohol right?

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  12. Hi Caroline - this isn't a comment about this post in particular but about your blog in general. I LOVE the time, dedication and knowledge you have put into it. I was literally up until 2am last night researching the products your recommend that might work for my skin and you are now my guru for all things skin. I wish I had discovered you years ago. I am 44 and have always had combination skin, a bit of acne and am very lucky to have the kind of olive skin, similar to your own I think, that doesn't look it's age BUT since my daughter was born nearly 5 years ago the ageing process has started to hit me (damn those sleep robbing kids!). I used to be so much better at taking care of my skin, but of late I've been super busy starting my own business and on a tight budget so have been cleansing with olive oil and only using Trilogy rosehip oil as a moisturiser. I know. My bad. Also it never occurred to me to do more than let a bit of water run over my face in the shower in the mornings! I have learnt SO much after a few hours on your blog. Now I know why my skin is congested, prone to break-outs on the chin/jaw area, lots of dry patches, and super super dull! I've been avoiding the mirror lately, in despair wondering where the me of my youth has disappeared to. Anyway, I've just spend some cash I got as a gift on Liquid Gold, Pixi Glow toner, Organic Surge night cream and as I'm on a budget I think I will try out the Body Shop Nutriganics day cream and eye cream. Will get the Emma Hardie cleanser when I've got some spare cash. THANK YOU. This tired 44 year old, single, over-worked mum is very grateful for your knowledge, and in future your wisdom will wing its way to my inbox tout suite!

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    1. If you still haven't added a cleanser of some sort to your routine, don't wait on the Emma Hardie. Pick up the Camomile balm cleanser when you go to The Body Shop and use it to remove makeup. Get another cleanser, too -- check Caroline's budget suggestions. When you've saved some money, get a serum in that routine.

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    2. Hi Emma. I'm thrilled it's working for you. And Robbin is right. Go Body Shop first. Invest in a serum. x

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    3. Caroline, thank you for replying on the holiday weekend! Thank you for your advice too Robbin. I did think of getting the Body shop cleanser but thought you'd written somewhere that it wasn't great for combination skin - however I stand corrected and will pop down to my local store asap. And yes, from reading here I realise I need a serum - I do have a Balm Balm rosehip serum that a friend bought me but have never tried. Any particular recommendations for 44 year old on a low budget? I'll check the budget posts too. Thanks again. My skin already feels better simply from cleansing morning and night!

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    4. Hi Emma, try Dr Organics Rose otto oil serum from Hollamd and Barratt (£12.99). It's lovely and smells gorgeous. Ohave sensitive skin that loves it. I have tried Superdrug's Simply Pure serum for a couple of quid, but it trashed the skin around my eyes.

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  13. I haven't tried acid pads before but this seems interesting and overall like a good addition to skincare! Thanks for sharing! :) x

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  14. Thank you so much! I have very dry skin, so I'm always on the lookout for mild/medium strength acid toners. I founds the FAB Radiance pads and Pixi Glow Tonic through your blog and they have been a godsend.

    I have a question though, you frequently mention the need to switch up acid products, but how often should I make the switch? Should I alternate between products daily, weekly or monthly?

    Thanks again. The work you do has such a real impact on people's lives!

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  15. Hi, I love your blog and YouTube channel.. I am completely obsessed with your skincare advice, thank you! I also love these pads, I've been using them for a week or so however I find that my skin comes off in bits like wet tissue when I apply bb cream the next day(Vichy idealia) am I missing a step or do you have any idea how I could get this off before I do my make up? I use the pads at night only, and in the morning I cleanse with micellaire water or face wash, use lrp effeclar duo + and Vichy normaderm anti blemish moisturiser. I have oily/combination/dehydrated skin. Thanks!

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  16. Hi Caroline,

    I've recently discovered your blog and invested in a variety of acid toners, serums, facial oils etc, but I was wondering if there are products that shouldn't be used together (e.g. an acid toner, followed by a vitamin c treatment, followed by a serum).

    I realise that Caroline is very busy and can't reply to everyone so if anyone else has any insight into this too, I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks for your help!

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  17. These look interesting ( mainly due the half price offer) but as I'm already using p50 1970 and occasional glycolic gel presume these would be overkill......

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  18. I have just started using the originals and find them only OK so far. They're not drying on my "normal" skin, benzyl alcohol and alcohol denat being the 9th and 10th ingredients behind phenoxyethanol, but the pads seem very dry compared to the FAB ones. They definitely do not feel "soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid", as they describe it themselves. Am delighted the Extreme version got the thumbs up as these are next in the line-up to use in the mornings. Love your reviews and the emphasis you place on ingredients in them!

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  19. Hi Caroline.
    thanks so much for your advice.
    Would you use these in the morning and pixi glow at night? I usually use pixiglow at night and the clinique mild clarifying lotion in the morning.
    Thanks so much

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  20. I came across nip and fab whilst in boots.. I've used their glycolic scrub before would you suggest using these pads in favour of a scrub?

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  21. Hi Caroline!

    Huge fan of the blog! I've been looking for a new chemical peel after finishing up the First Aid Beauty Pads. Kiehl's just came out with their Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate. What are your thoughts on the formulation?

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  22. Hi Caroline
    I've just purchased these along with pixi glow tonic and superficialist vit c serum I'm new to acids so not sure the best way to introduce them and start using I have a great cleanser and moisturiser xx

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  24. Hi Caroline!
    Thanks for the review really interested to get this especially for the price.
    Would you know the percentage of the acids contained in the product?
    You mention it's 5% glycolic, how aboyt the salicylic acid, mandelic acid and lactic acid?
    Can I ask have you heard of betaine salicylate? Would this work like salicylic acid?

    Lastly, any thoughts on Ren Clarimatte Clarifying Toner?

    Sorry for too many questions at one comment.
    Love from Belfast! Please come to Belfast again!X

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  25. Hi Caroline,

    Just recently started using these on a younger skin (im 21), but I suffer from quite congested oily skin around my t zone especially. I was wondering if you could suggest a budget friendly serum to add with this for night time? Many thanks for your blog which has become my bible!

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  26. Hi Caroline,
    Recently started using these to get rid of oily congested younger skin (im 21). I was wondering if you could suggest a night time serum to pair with this, preferably budget friendly as I am a student. Also I have combination skin.
    Many thanks,
    Sophie

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  27. I really like the smell of these! Reminds me of the Body Shop pink grapefruit range.

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  29. Thank you for this recommendation I've noticed a visible improvement in my skin! Especially teamed with The Body Shop's Seaweed Oil Balancing Clay Mask its brilliant at drawing out impurities, using both has meant breakouts are reduced- less redness or scarring 👍

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  30. I just bought these from Ulta and love them!! The salesguy said the Dragon's blood pads were awesome too! My face thanks you, Caroline!🤓💁🤗

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  31. Hi Caroline, do I moisturise after using the pads?

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  32. Hi Tracey, I'm not Caroline obvs but I always do my full routine including moisturiser after using these.

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