Skin Care on a Budget.

[Skin type: Oily Combination]

I LOVE skin care! But sometimes it can get a little bit expensive, especially for those who are on a budget.

So if your someone who doesn’t want to be spending the big bucks then I have a couple of holy grails here for you.

From the Nip+Fab brand I bring you the ‘Glycolic Fix’ range. Which I believe is available for purchase in most countries, but definitely USA and UK.

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[If you suffer from very dry skin, or have flaking skin I would not recommend this range for you.]

“I love the glycolic range! I’ve been using the cleanser non-stop”. – Kylie Jenner – now whether you want to believe that to be a true statement from Kylie or whether you just think she is saying that because she is the Nip+Fab ambassador and they pay her a lot of money, that’s up to you to decide. But, hey! They don’t give me any money so you can trust this to be my 100% honest opinion as per usual.

If your unsure of what Glycolic acid is and why we use it in skin care then here is a little run down: Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) it is derived from sugar cane – how odd I know, although it is usually produced synthetically now.

Basically Glycolic Acid is an exfoliant, it gently removes the top layer of our skin cells helping bring fresh skin to the surface, this helps with so many skin concerns e.g: ageing, fine lines, dark spots, blemishes and blackheads.

Now although it can seem a little bit strange and the word ‘Acid’ often makes you think of something scary and dangerous; you’re not to worry! Skin care products don’t often have a very high percentage of it in their formulations in fact personally I have never seen a skin care product with over 10% Glycolic acid in it. To give you a little idea of how small that is, when people go to a professional to get a skin peel the acid strength they use will be anywhere from 30%-60%. So it is perfectly safe to be using skin care with glycolic acid in it.

Cleanser

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Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser (150ml £7.95 – on sale now at Boots for £3.98)

So a cleanser is a cleanser…right? We all know what its there for; to clean our skin of all the muck and dirt. Well in its plainest for, yes. But cleansers can also be so much more, specially designed to target skins with different PH levels, designed to tackle those suffering from blackhead…the list is endless.

This Glycolic Fix Cleanser (2% glycolic) is perfect for those who suffer from the odd blemish from time to time, and those who are fighting the battle with the annoying blackheads of doom. personally I like to use this every few days just to change it up from my usual Khiel’s cleanser. – it is recommended to do a patch test before use.

This is a nice easy to use cleanser that foams up to a decent lather (perfect for use with a clarisonic). Massage a decent amount all over damp skin then rinse gently with luke-warm water.

Skin is left feeling soft and purified. It also has the added benefit of Olive Oil to help hydrate and soothe this skin.

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water/Eau), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycolic Acid, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Benzyl Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Geraniol

 

Toner

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Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads EXTREME (60 pads £14.95 currently on sale at Boots for £7.48)

I LOVE these. They are a true favourite of mine. I use them every single night!

I just want to start of by saying straight away they are in no way EXTREME, which I think could seem a little off-putting to those who are new to acid toners. There is only 5% glycolic acid in them.

I also don’t totally understand why they state them as night pads, I think it’s totally acceptable to use them morning if you wish, just deffo remember your SPF of course.

These pads are brilliant in my mind, not only do they contain Glycolic they also have some extra acids in the form of lactic: removes dead skin and toxins leaving skinsmooth and even toned , salicylic: Penetrates deep into clogged pores to help rid black heads and blemishes, mandelic: containing anti-bacterial properties, lastly hyaluronic acid: improves hydration keeping skin plump

Another ingredient that’s worth a mention I think is niacinamide, which helps improve skin’s elasticity and also has a part in renewing its barrier function.

Super simple to use, just swipe one pad all over face and neck after cleansing then follow on with your chosen serum.

You may feel a slight tingly sensation, this is totally normal and I actually rather like it.

I would say it takes about 1-2 weeks to fully see the difference in your skins texture and tone, but its so worth it. Acids are AMAZING!

Each pad out of the 60 has a decent amount of product soaked into it from start to finish (little tip: store them upside down to ensure full coverage of pad).

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Ingredients:

Aqua (Water/Eau), Glycolic Acid, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Linalool.

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Have fun, speak soon,

Jack. 

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