Review: First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

Ah. To have one product tone, exfoliate, brighten, hydrate, all while being gentle on your skin. Sound like a dream?

First Aid Beauty has packed all of these skincare concerns and goals into a single…pad.


Here are the key ingredients and their benefits

  • Hydration: Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycolic Acid
  • Brightening, pores/acne, overall texture: Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Licorice Root Extract

Quick Highlights

  • Eczema safe
  • Sensitive skin safe
  • A gentle way to tone, exfoliate, and brighten


The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads provide a gentler and quicker option for those who want to quickly tone, exfoliate and prep the skin for serums. The pads are safe to use on dry and sensitive skin, and even promote hydration.

I have been using the facial radiance pads for about 2.5 weeks now in a very basic routine: cleanse with First Aid Beauty Cleanser, tone with the pads, and moisturize with the First Aid Beauty moisturizer. Sometimes I’ll add in a facial oil, such as rosehip seed oil, if I feel like it.

The pads are okay as a preventative acne measure, but work well to fight existing acne. I find that although I still get some breakouts (depending on the time of month), they appear far less frequently than normal. Overall, I’m quite impressed because the pads have quickly helped get rid of existing stubborn acne (you know the type that sits under the skin and seems impossible to get rid of??).

The brightening effects are also something to rave about. With the combination of lactic acid and glycolic acid, I’m not really surprised that the pads have kept my skin looking happy and glowy.

MOST important is that these pads haven’t irritated my normally dry, eczema-prone skin. Actually, since using them (and my other FAB products), my eczema hasn’t really been around.

The pads are extremely convenient in many ways. They’ve made my whole routine so much faster, and they get a bunch of things done at once…


a few gripes I have:

  • Waste

It seems wasteful to buy a plastic jar every month with single-use pads in it. Each pad has so much product on it that you probably won’t end up using it all…too bad for you though, you’ll have to chuck it out anyway.

  • Running out too quickly

Next, the most obvious issue is that the pads won’t last you as long as a liquid toner or powder exfoliator. There are 60 pads in a jar, and if you’re using them twice a day like I am, they will last you approximately a month. This alone deters me from purchasing them again; however, there is the option of making them your weekly go-to for exfoliation and using them 2-3 times a week.

I really loved using these pads and think that whatever they are soaked in should be released as a liquid toner or essence — or something!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (60 pads) retail for $42 CAD.

Thanks for reading ❤

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