The biggest pet peeves that people have regarding skin care is that it takes time, is difficult to comprehend, or they aren’t sure whether or not that product will suit them. And this can happen to everyone, right from an absolute skincare newbie to a veteran. Because with new and complex formulas and ingredients hitting the shelves every day, getting lost is kinda obvious. But, like everyone else, I too wanted glowing skin, without too much to chew on. Which is when my dull and tired skin met its new BFF – Mama Cica Instabright Peel Pads. As a beauty editor, I’ve gone to extreme lengths to cover as much skincare base as I can – from following crazy 14-step routines to putting questionable ingredients on my face – I can vouch that the ‘simplistic-ness’ of this product took me aback.
In a bite, our peel pads do their job in 1 minute, can be used by literally everyone, and there is no real pre or post care needed – there go all your pet peeves! Keep scrolling to know why this little tub should be in your vanity. But first…
What are peel pads?
So, these don’t exactly ‘peel’ your skin immediately or even 10 minutes later. But, they are actually cotton pads that are pre-soaked in glycolic acid, which is a gentle AHA (alpha hydroxy acid). AHAs are organic acids that are mostly derived from fruits, which work on the skin’s surface to fade dark spots, brighten skin, improve texture and reduce signs of ageing.
All you really need to do is take one peel pad and sweep it all over your face and neck and you get all the above benefits. As easy as that. Our Mama Cica Instabright Peel Pads have 45 cotton pads that slough off dead skin cells and reveal hydrated, smooth and dewy soft skin.
How do I use it?
Exfoliation should always be done on a clean and dry face. Plus, since this is a chemical exfoliant, I always make sure I’m doing it at night. Here’s what I do.
Step 1: Double Cleansing
A great way to wash off all dirt and grime is to double cleanse. I use our Mon Cherry Dirt Dissolving Cleansing Balm to take off makeup, sunscreen and pollution off my face, and then follow it up with Yuzu Fine Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash to eliminate any leftover residue.
Step 2: Exfoliate
I pat dry my face to ensure it is fully dry. Then take out one peel pads from the tub and sweep it across my face, avoiding the eye area. I then flip it over and use the other side just for my neck and décolletage. I then let my face air dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Sleeping Mask
The night I exfoliate, my PM routine is very minimal. While you already have the peel pads doing a lot of heavy-lifting, no one is harmed with a hydrating sleeping mask. Our Birch Please Intense Hydration Water Sleeping Mask is infused with loads of skin-soothing and hydrating ingredients that give me plump skin every morning.
The changes I noticed in my skin
The results that I saw after just one use made me a true fan. In spite of these peel pads being so gentle, the morning after my skin felt brighter and softer. Since then, I use these at least 3 times every week. With regular use, I noticed that the acne scars on my cheeks and near the hairline had faded quite a lot and my skin had a subtle glow to it. I have massive pores on my nose and around it, but I could see them getting smaller and smaller in size. This also meant that the trouble areas on my skin that I fondly refer to as ‘blackhead landmines’ were also getting smaller.
Usually, I rely on physical extractions to get them out. But, since the time I’ve been using these peel pads the need for reaching out to an extractor has drastically reduced. My skin overall feels a lot brighter and firmer.
What I loved about this product?
First, the fact that it is such a mess-free product and you do not have to worry about chemical burns or a compromised skin barrier. It’s like giving your skin a facial, but in micro doses.
Then, the fact that it contains such a brilliant blend of Korean ingredients. While glycolic acid gently exfoliates, cica, Korean ginseng, lotus root and papaya boost skin’s radiance, elasticity, hydration levels, and improve barrier health.
It’s also great for all skin types. So, whether you have dry or sensitive skin, use this ‘tub of good skin’ without a worry.
What to expect from this product?
Short answer: great skin. Those with acne-prone and oily skin like me will love how it balances oil and shrinks pores. If you’ve got early signs of ageing, then the Korean ginseng and lotus root will slowly help to smoothen out the fine lines and wrinkles. Folks with dry and sensitive skin will notice their skin look much brighter and glowing.
So, all in all, our Mama Cica Instabright Peel Pads offer benefits to every skin type. It retails at ₹699 and IMO, it is worth every penny! Check it out for yourself, and you will thank me later!