I imagine most of you lovely readers will fully expect what products are in my Top choices so before I carry on – I couldn’t stop at 5, hence there are 10. And I’ve linked the below to previous reviews from either here on the blog or YouTube. Do please give me a shout if there are any blatant omissions – these are in no particular order.
- P50 – preferably 1970 formula – the original and still one of the best, in all its variants. Reviewed in more detail earlier this week on here. Good for all skins, especially older.
- Dennis Gross MD Alpha Beta Pads – these, it has to be said, are my absolute first choice for travel. Due to the disposable packaging they can be purchased in and the quick two-step process, they are perfect for using on the go – and brilliant too. Another one that is technically good for all skin types but will show best results on older skins.
- Pixi Glow Tonic – the best affordable option, along with First Aid Beauty and one for all skins. A great starter option for younger skins and AM tone for older skins. 16 years in the market and no signs of being beaten on price and efficacy.
- First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads – I use these most in the mornings, usually if I’m doing the school run because they are so easy to use. Also one of the more affordable options at around £20.00.
- Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Pads – Again for older skins, these are great for using in the evenings before a particularly active serum.
- Zelens PHA Pads – Glycolic-free for those with problems using that particular acid, don’t be fooled by the lack of glycolic. These pack a punch with PHA acids and make it easier for the skin to stay hydrated after use.
- Kate Somerville Clinic To Go – a peel in a pad. Lush, travel well, work brilliantly, would be in my top 2 for travel except they are harder to get hold of in the UK so I have to use them really sparingly.
- Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Pads – the real budget choice. A few pounds and a fine job for your money. If you are a teen and have a real budget, start with these.
- Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion – salicylic acid only here, so again, if you suffer with a few spots, or simply cannot use other acids, this is perfect – it’s also alcohol-free for those of you with issues with that.
- Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner – Still lush and in my arsenal, this is better used a few times a week than twice a day.
That, by the way, is still my advice. Try and buy 2, preferably 3 acid products. A strong one for evenings, a lighter one for days and one more to mix it up. Acid toners are literally like taking your face to the gym. Different strengths and different acids do different things.
Lactic (AHA) – resurfacing, great for dehydrated and dry skin.
Glycolic (AHA) – stimulating for better collagen production, resurfacing.
Malic (AHA) – resurfacing, good for boosting collagen production
Salicylic (BHA) – best for spots/acne. Surprisingly gentle.
PHA’s (Poly hydroxy acids) – best for those in need of hydration and deep penetration of product afterwards.
Before I am asked: Liquid Gold by Alpha-H is not a toner – it will be in nighttime treatment lists.