Skincare Review: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid

Textures from some products from First Aid Beauty that I’m playing around with.

On top is the Face Cleanser ($21), which has a creamy whipped texture that promises to calm, soothe, nourish, hydrate, and protect using aloe, allantoin, glycerin, and the brand’s FAB antioxidant booster (licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts).

This leaves my skin leaves my skin feeling supple and soft. It cleanses but doesn’t feeling tight so I like using this in the morning for a gentle cleanse.

Next is the Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel ($32) which combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and mushroom enzyme to clear, smooth, and brighten the skin and improve its texture. It has a thin texture and a pasty consistency. It’s not that creamy but easily spreadable. It dries quickly and even though I usually just let this stay on my face for a minute, I got a tingling sensation afterward that lasted until after I finished my pm routine. The results are great though, it left my skin soft and smooth and I have a glowing skin the morning after.

The one in the bottom is the Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid ($42). This eye cream aims to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and firming the eye area using microencapsulated retinol and tri-molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This feels light on the skin but it feels creamy and nourishing. It sinks in fairly quickly and due to its creamy consistency, a little goes a long way. This is my first time trying retinol on my eye and after more than a month of use, this has become my new go-to eye cream. It brightens the eye area. I have extremely dry under eyes and this hydrates them so well while keeping them plump and smooth.

They also sent the Facial Radiance Pads ($32) that uses lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. It also has lemon peel, indian gooseberry, and the FAB Antioxidant Booster. I do not use peeling pads that often but this is handy when traveling. It feels gentle enough for the skin. Lactic and glycolic acids work well for my oily skin and just smoothes and brightens the skin.

The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid were provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at firstaidbeauty.com

Brand Overview: Somme Institute

Using Molecular Dispersion Technology 5, which allows full vitamin absorption by the skin, Somme Institute products promise to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, repair sun damage, even out discoloration and brown spots, treat moderate to severe acne as well as rosacea, improve the skin’s tone, texture, and clarity.

The Nourishing Cleanser ($45) has a jelly texture that feels like milk on the skin. It’s not drying or stripping but my skin felt cleansed and soft afterward. It didn’t leave any residue. It’s a good cleanser in the mornings but, personally, as someone who prefers a foaming cleanser, the price is a bit too steep.

The Transport Pads ($65) are exfoliating pads containing panthenol and vitamins A, C, E, B3 and B5 to buff and polish the skin, remove dead skin cells, excess oil and debris, soften lines and wrinkles, and purge pores of impurities. Right after, I used the pads which felt a little stingy at first, it really made my skin toned and clean.

This is honestly one of my faves in this bunch. The Serum ($92) aims to brighten and improve the skin with stabilized vitamin c at 15%. It is lightweight and has a gel texture that sinks in quickly onto the skin. Aside from that, I saw instant brightening after first use. It leaves my skin looking glowing and radiant.

The A-Bomb Moisturizer ($79) works to replenish moisture and correct signs of aging and sun damage with panthenol and vitamins c, e, and a. This #moisturizer has a creamy texture and a thick consistency but I wake up with soft and silky skin afterward. I reach for this whenever my skin is feeling dull and dry.

Another favorite is the Skin Reset Restructuring Cream ($95), which is formulated to reverse facial skin damage, restore elasticity using glycerin, mango seed butter, and soybean protein. This also has a creamy texture and a thick consistency. However, this leaves my skin soft, plump, and bright. It also doesn’t dehydrate my skin.

If there’s one thing I can brag about these products, they would be how they really toned, softened, and evened my skin.

The Somme Institute products were provided by @sommeinstitute. Available at sommeinstitute.com

Skincare Review: BeautyRx Progressive Peel System Starter Kit and the Triple Vitamin C Serum

Since I have conquered my blemish journey for 2 years ago (thankfully only a few bumps here and there before I get my period), I have come to focus more on hydration, texture, and overall glow and BeautyRx offered to help.

The Progressive Peel system ($98) promises to slough away dead skin. The Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads contain 50 cotton pads soaked in 10% strength glycolic acid, tetrafoliant (a special mix of lactic acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and phytic acid only exclusive to the brand) to improve texture and tone, willowherb to soothe the skin, and japanese green tea extract to protect the skin against free radical damage. The Essential 8% Exfoliating Serum, on the other hand, is a glycolic treatment that also contains the Tetrafoliant to removes dead cells.

The serum was a joy to use. It’s almost waterlike and feels very lightweight. This is helped my oily skin and kept my face bright and hydrated the first of use. It has a clear and oil-free consistency. The pads were gentle and a good alternative to wash-off masks. When I started alternating the serum and the pads, the texture on my face lessened and it helped smooth and soften my skin. The pads and the serum is such a nice balance to keep me from exfoliating my skin too much as well.

The Triple Vitamin C Serum ($95) combines the three forms of Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to improve brightness and tone, firm the skin, and hydrate. What I really like about this vitamin c serum is that it’s lightweight and not oily. I can easily use this in the morning without making my skin oily. I also like that it contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate my skin.

I use the Triple Vitamin C Serum in conjunction with the Progressive Peel and these products helped smooth, soften, and brighten my skin without drying it or making it prone to dehydration.

The BeautyRx Progressive Peel System Starter Kit and the Triple Vitamin C Serum were provided by @beautyrx. Available at beautyrx.com