Against efforts to the contrary, it’s been a bit of an ol’ war zone on the lower half of my face in terms of highly unattractive blemishes. I’m not sure if it’s hormones, diet or too many late nights on the laptop, but something is not agreeing with me and I decided it was time to show them who is boss. I had great success with the FAB Radiance Exfoliating pads (my breakouts started when I finished my jar of these – coincidence?), but as I was about to repurchase them on Beauty Bay, I noticed FAB have a range targeted especially at problem skin. A couple of clicks later, the Skin Rescue Blemish Pads and Purifying mask were in my basket and winging their way to my doorstep. So how are they performing?
Skin Rescue Blemish Control Pads
As with the Radiance Exfoliating pads, you get 60 pads in a screwtop plastic jar. The pads are soaked in the serum, which includes problem skin fighters Witch Hazel, Tea Tree oil and Salicylic Acid, with Willowbark extract to cool things down. Also like the Radiance pads, they are really gentle – I get a light tingling but nothing unpleasant at all, and none of the horrid ‘tightness’ that can come with anti-acne treatments. I’ve been using once a day in the morning, swiping lightly over my problem areas, and things are looking much better on the blemish-front – they are quickly reducing in size, and less blemishes are coming up at all. I’m not sure if I will repurchase these again over the Radiance pads as I do prefer the Radiance’s more all-roundness while still having the blemish-ridding effects, but I’ll definitely finish them off no problems.
Would I repurchase? Probably not, I’d opt to repurchase the Radiance pads over these.
Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay
I’ve always been a bit hesitant to use peel masks, thinking the experience would be akin to using Biore nose strips all over my face, but as the Skin Rescue mask is described as being perfect for purifying and detoxifying oily and combo skin (the second of which I have in spades), I put my reservations aside to give it a whirl.
The texture of this mask is similar to the Ren Glycolactic mask – quite thick and sticky. It’s also BRIGHT red – no mistaking there is red clay in the mix! I put a light layer over my face and leave for 20 minutes, after which the mask is meant to be peeled off to reveal nice and soft skin. The first time I tried this mask, I couldn’t get it to peel off, no matter how much I scratched at the edges, so I just washed away like I would with any other mask. The second time around I had more success removing it the way it was intended, but oh my lordy the peeling was a painful experience, and it took a good 15 minutes to remove the mask completely.
I’m really on the fence about this product. I haven’t seen any mind-blowing results, or any results really – definitely nothing along the lines of Glamglow or the Ren Glycolactic mask. I also wouldn’t apply this mask over the top of any active pimples, I can’t even imagine the pain that would be inflicted when you peel the mask (and the pimple!) off. I’ll give it another go in case the third time’s the charm, but otherwise it may find itself in the wasteland going to a better home.
Would I repurchase? Most likely not, I’ve got a few cleansing masks on rotation that provide much more in the way of results than this does.
Have you tried anything from the Skin Rescue Range? Or anything from First Aid Beauty? Let me know in the comments!