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What is it?
It is an exfoliating/toning pad that is supposed to make any skin smooth and soft like any exfoliation would. This one is rather particular for its special formulation for sensitive and reactive, flaky, irritated skin. Skin that can’t bear any kind of exfoliation should finally enjoy the benefits of stripping the glut of dead skin cells and debris off.
The brand behind this product is The Face Shop, Korean beauty giant and its cosmeceutical sub-brand Dr. Belmeur.
Here is what The Face Shop says about this product:
About Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair: A premium derma-cosmetic skincare line that uses plant-based ingredients that have similar components to our skin. Dermatologically tested, this line provides gentle skincare and barrier-enhancing solution to common skin problems. The Daily Repair offers a custom-made formula that helps improve sensitive skin.
The gentle exfoliating pad instantly improves flaky skin even if it’s sensitive (clean, convenient packaging).
Clear and gentle skin solution for flaky skin. Skin-sync RXTM containing balsamic vinegar rich in plant-derived fermented ingredient, eliminates flaky skin to maintain a smoother skin texture. /The Face Shop/
Each of these exfoliating pads is packed separately and there are 24 pads in the box. Rather big pads I’d say. Very convenient even to cover the whole forehead of mine.
Each pad contains 3.5 g / 0.12 fl.oz. exfoliating essence. Pads are smooth, with no exfoliating/abrasive side to it. No scent, no colour.
How to use it?
Cleanse face and dry with a towel. Wipe exfoliating pad over skin, working from centre of face out. Pat with palms of hands. Place pad on problematic areas for 5 seconds and remove. /The Face Shop/
I have nothing to add here except I use it usually in my evening skincare routines, twice a week.
Water/Eau, Vinegar/Vinaigre, Propanediol, Alcohol Denat, 1,2-Hexanediol, Panthenol, Gluconic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Corchorus Olitorus Leaf Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Phytosphingosine, Niacinamide, Monarda Didyma Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol
(Balsamic) Vinegar is one of my favourite ingredients ever. My skin loves it. This ingredient was the reason why I chose these pads over countless others on the market.
Gluconic Acid is one of the polyhydroxy acids (PHA) that I mentioned here. Also exfoliating acid like AHAs or BHAs, but less sensitizing for sensitive skin. That’s the reason why Dr. Belmeur chose PHA for this formula.
Betaine Salicylate is also exfoliant and actually milder alternative of salicylic acid (BHA).
All of the above exfoliators are working with a help of Phytosphingosine, a lipid that works as an anti-inflammatory agent and a skin protector, which prevents bad bacteria to reach skin. Ad here Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and you have two skin protectors, one that fights outer enemies, and the latter that fights internal enemies like moisture loss and dehydration that leads to skin inflammation-like state.
Now we get to botanical extracts that are Corchorus Olitorus (Jew’s mallow), Betula Platyphylla Japonica (Japanese white birch), Monarda Didyma (bee balm) and Salvia Officinalis (sage). All of them combined for their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits.
Yes, but everyone’s skin is different. Please patch test first.
Who is it for?
All skin types, sensitive skin
Does it work?
The very title of this text is merely a spoiler. This pad really is a hidden gem. Not so popular in the social networks, not hyped at all, not mentioned, not featured practically anywhere. Yet it works better than any other exfoliating pads I had. And is definitely the best product of Dr. Belmeur lines. Yes, plural. Other products of the same/similar lines (Daily Repair and Clarifying) are rather meh for me. Nothing special, and far from that ‘premium skincare’ attribute.
No adverse reactions.
Unbelievable smooth skin, no redness, no blemishes. Yes, you might say I like these pads. A lot.