Skin Care

Empties: Acure & First Aid Beauty

It always feels good to finish up a product! So, I’m back with a couple empties 🙂

I finally finished up the Acure Facial Cleansing Creme (pictured above left) and my 1st container of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (pictured above right). It takes me forever to finish up a cleanser because if you’ve read my previous posts, I use 2 separate ones for day and night, and it took me forever to finish the FAB pads because I cut each pad into quarters (YEAP, I’M THAT CHEAP!). I actually used the last quarter of them as wholes because they also work on my bacne!

Mini Review of Acure Facial Cleansing Creme

Ingredients:

water/eau, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit extract*, rubus fruticosus (blackberry) fruit extract*, rosa canina (rosehips) fruit extract*, punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract*, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract*, matricaria recutita (chamomile) flower extract*, aspalathus linearis (rooibos) leaf extract*, potassium olivoyl, hydrolyzed oat protein, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, avena sativa (oat) kernel meal, glycerin, disodium cocoamphodipropionate, sodium PCA, cetearyl glucoside, sorbitan olivate, glyceryl oleate, gluconolactone, glyceryl stearate SE, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, salvia officinalis (sage) oil, glyceryl caprylate, chrondus crispis extract, potassium sorbate, argania spinosa (argan) kernal oil*, mentha viridis (spearmint) leaf oil, vanilla planifolia fruit oil. *organic ingredient

Acure Organics is a natural and organic skincare brand. It’s vegan, sulfate free, paraben free and cruelty free! It’s a great brand to look into if you’re interested in those things. I mentioned this cleanser in my morning routine post, but the gist of it is that it’s a cream cleanser so it’s super gentle, but powerful enough to thoroughly cleanse your face without stripping it of its natural oils. It didn’t leave my face squeaky clean and dry. It has organic argan oil, olive oil and cocoa butter for moisture and mint for a soothing cleanse. It says it can “easily remove makeup,” but I double cleanse with a cleansing milk/oil beforehand, so I can’t tell you if that’s true or not. It also says it’s a foaming cleanser which holds true when I used it with my Foreo, but not when I used my hands. The picture below on the left shows how creamy it is and on the right when applied to the face, there’s not much of a lather! At around $9-10, this is an effective cleanser for those with normal to dry and sensitive skin. I have combination/dry skin and it worked great for me. The ONLY thing I didn’t like about it was the scent. I mentioned in the aforementioned post that it smells like rancid toothpaste :S

Mini Review of First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

Ingredients:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citrus Nobilis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Edta, Tetrasodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

As described on Sephora of the key ingredients:

-Glycolic Acid: An Alpha Hydroxy Acid that makes the skin appear brighter, exfoliates, and improves texture.
-Lactic Acid: Humectant and Alpha Hydroxy Acid that helps skin appear brighter, while it exfoliates and improves texture.
-Lemon Peel: Extract that brightens the skin’s appearance.
-Indian Gooseberry: Extract that helps tone the skin.

If you know anything about First Aid Beauty, you know that their most loved product is the Ultra Repair Cream. I tried it and it wasn’t moisturizing enough for me and there’s something in it that irritated my skin rather than soothed it. But the Facial Radiance Pads are the 2nd product I tried from them and I can’t see my skincare routine without it. You can check out my post about skincare gamechangers for more information about this product and how I use it! The 1st several ingredients are what caught my eye. I love aloe juice in skincare products because I find it to be ultra soothing for any red spots and irritation that I have on my skin. Glycerin is a humectant and retains moisture in your skin. And, I love me some acids. My skin does super well with lactic and glycolic acid. My scars lighten and then disappear and my skin is smoother and complexion brightened. If you’re wondering if the acids are powerful, yes, they are. Any time I apply it over an open wound (popped pimple or cut) it stings! But, I’ve been using this product for almost 2 years and I’ve been on my 2nd tub for 2 or 3 weeks now.

Would I Repurchase?

I repurchased the FAB pads, but I won’t be repurchasing the cleanser. There are so many out there to try and I didn’t like the scent!

Do you use any acids in your skincare routine(s)? Let me know!

Until next time, thanks for reading<3

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