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Exfoliating pads: A quick way to remove dead skin cells

A recent rise of exfoliating pads on the market has us questioning, do we abandon our actives for this quick exfoliating method? Exfoliation pads are thick cotton rounds that are soaked in an active solution meant to chemically exfoliate the skin. The intended purpose of these pads is to make exfoliation a quicker process, allowing more time for the rest of your multi-step routine.

A recent rise of exfoliating pads on the market has us questioning, do we abandon our actives for this quick exfoliating method? Exfoliation pads are thick cotton rounds that are soaked in an active solution meant to chemically exfoliate the skin. The intended purpose of these pads is to make exfoliation a quicker process, allowing more time for the rest of your multi-step routine.

We investigate some products from popular K beauty brands, and let you decide what’s the best solution for your routine.

  1. Eggplant Clearing Peeling Pad Toner by Papa Recipe
    What it is: This eggplant peeling pad toner is meant to eliminate not one, but two steps from your routine. It is both a toner and an exfoliant. The difference is characterized by the differing textures of the cotton round; with one embossed side meant to chemically and physically exfoliate. The ingredients contain the best of exfoliants including: lactic, glycolic and citric acid.
    Our take: What’s great about this product is that it is scent free, portable, and effective. While we would not recommend this product for daily use as a toner for those with sensitive or dry skin, as a 3-5 time a week treatment it will effectively eliminate dead skin cells and prevent breakouts.
    Who we recommend it to: All skin types for a 3-5 times a week exfoliant
  2. One step Pimple Clear Pad by COSRX
    What it is: A 1% BHA pad that also has a healthy dosage of tea tree to help in preventing breakouts and treat current blemishes. Additional ingredients include: calming willow bark water, glycolic acid and hydrating hyaluronic acid.
    Our take: This product from cult favorite COSRX has a slight sweet but medicinal scent that alludes to its efficiency as an acne treatment. If you can get past scented products, you will find a product that is truly targeted for all aspects of acne.

Who we recommend it to: Acneic skin for prevention and treatment, will also help prevent blackheads.

  1. Black Cleansing Peeling Pad by INGA Seoul
    What it is: Individually wrapped peeling pad that with gentle massaging will have a peeling effect to visibly remove dead skin cells. The pad has a pocket insert for your fingers, slide the pad on and gently massage onto face. You will see the dead skin piling up, after using rinse off with warm water.
    Our Take: This product is for the person on the go who needs a quick, gentle exfoliation. The one-time use pad is portable, so you can leave it on your carry on or gym bag. Our in-office tests, on our hands, left one hand visibly brighter and smoother. We can attribute that to the papaya!
    Who we recommend it to: Anyone who wants quick brightening, results or after a day at the jimjilbang.