St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads Review

Lately, I've been having skin issues. when traveling. Truth be told, I've been having skin issues in general. My skin is lackluster, dehydrated and prone to mini-breakouts. I've been getting monthly facials, but it's not always helping. So I've been looking for products to help refresh my skin in-between facials.

While I love the Kate Somerville Resurfacing Peel Pads and Dr. Schultz Exfoliating Therapy Pads, they need to be rinsed off. There are nights when I am just too tired to remember to do that. Not to mention the price.

Before I hit the road for my trip to Santa Monica, I grabbed some St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads to try. According to the package, in seven days of use, new and younger skin is revealed by the 100% natural lactic acid.

These Exfoliating Pads use natural lactic acids as the AHA, not other synthetic exfoliators. It's been my experience that if you are used to strong products, you can't go back to fruit acids. So if you are used to having chemical peels or using AHAs with a high percentage (10% or over), you likely to see less results than if you haven't used more concentrated formulas. If you are a newbie to products containing AHAs (also glycolic or citrus acids), these pads will reveal younger, fresher looking skin in about a week.

These pads smell fantastic and leave skin feeling soft and lovely. I am accustomed to higher, more concentrated products and while I did not see any dramatic results, they did a nice job of freshening my skin. If you don't normally use these types of products, I would suspect you would get markedly improved results. And at $4.99, you can't go wrong! 

These are available from mass retailers everywhere.

Sent for review.

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  1. I have not tried it. I like the Dr. Schultz ones. And I'm getting a Clear and Brilliant laser treatment. I can't wait.

  2. I had exactly the same experience Gouldy!  Great for newbies.  I have been using them essentially like a toner, to make sure all the remnants of my makeup is off.  Not strong enough for me.  At this stage I like to go full tilt :).  My fave is still Dr.Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. Have you tried???

  3.  Your answer is good enough for me! It confirmed my suspicions. Thanks, Kelly.

  4. I'm no doctor, so I'll say yes. It may irritate roseacea. :-( I wish I had a better answer!
    Sent from my flattest computer.

  5. I have a question: would lactic acid likely irritate roseacea, Do you know? I avoid exfoliating in general because of the irritation that develops from it. I'm not sure if lactic acid is considered gentle enough (although I know everything has the potential to irritate any one). Thanks!

  6. i wonder what kind of duplicate these would be for the far more expensive transport pads from somme institute (that i'm quickly running out of and not sure i can convince myself to re-buy at the exorbitant price...)?


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