3.09.2017 Tunisia

STAR PRODUCT #3: NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Extreme + All you need to know about acids at home!

      Today, we will talk about peels and acids, worldwide skincare trend that is still a mystery for so many people. A word ACID sounds scary and seems that you can only use acid peels when you would come closer to mature age and only in cosmeticians cabinet, but actually it all comes to concentration and proper use to enjoy acid peel effect at home as well.
      NIP+FAB EXFOLIATE GLYCOLIC FIX NIGHT PADS EXTREME contain a blend of AHA and BHA acids and it comes in a form of pre-soaked 'cotonish' pads. The blend is mixed from 5% glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, DL-Mandelic acid and hyaluronic acid, I will try to breakdown all of them and explain the effects.


  • GLYCOLIC ACID - AHA group or Alpha Hydroxy Acids, derivered from sugar cane. It has the smallest molecules of all the acids in the group so it is capable to penetrate deeper into skin and provides very even exfoliation. Effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, oiliness and uneven skin tone or dullness. It works on the top layer of skin by dissolving sebum and other substances that bind cells together. Glycolic acid removes the surface of Epiderma which consists of dead skin cells and reveals fresh, glowing skin. As the barrier of the skin is removed, all other skincare products work much more effective and are more beneficial than before. 
  • SALICYLIC ACID - BHA group or Beta Hydroxy Acids. Works great for those who are fighting acne as it is not only exfoliating but also anti-irritant. It calms and soothes skin, reduces redness and is anti-inflammatory to calm breakouts. It works the same way as Glycolic Acid, by breaking the bond that keeps dead cells together, and these cells are often the main reason of blocked pores which cause blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid is also used in anti-dandruff shampoos as it cleanses the skin of dead cells and heals flaky and dry scalp. As it has anti-inflammatory properties it is safe to be used on sensitive skin. 
  • LACTIC ACID - AHA group and is extracted from milk and is also found in human body. Already in Ancient Egypt people knew about chemical exfoliants, most of you have heard of Cleopatra who was bathing in sour milk as a part of her skincare routine. One of the safest forms of AHA as it provides effective treatment with minimal irritation and is safe for most skin conditions. It is often used in facial cleansers and masks, while delivering most of benefits as other AHA acids. In low concentration, lactic acid provides moisturising effect by reducing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) through the increased production of skin's natural fats and oils like ceramides. 
  • DL-MANDELIC ACID - AHA group, is delivered from bitter almonds and has larger molecules than glycolic acid. Mandelic acid provides very similar effects like other AHA acids and is often used to prepare the skin for laser peeling and also helps the skin recover after the procedure. 
  • HYALURONIC ACID -or HA, is found in naturally in human skin structure and also as a lubricant for joints. Hyaluronic acid has the greatest ability to retain water in the skin - about 1000 times its weight in water. But when the skin ages and looses the plumpness 'of youth' it is a sign that it is also loosing the hyaluronic acid. It has large molecules so if you see hyaluronic acid as one of the ingredients it means that it will do its magic only on the skins surface by plumping the small, fine lines by filling them, but scientists are trying to find the ways how to reduce the weight of molecules so it could do the magic inside the skin. One of the most popular ways of using HA in beauty are injections, that will not only add some volume and plumpness for custom areas but also provide intense hydration.


  • Don't use at home anything that is higher than 10%. Higher concentration doesn't mean better effects. Lower percentage that is used regularly is providing long lasting and effect without irritating the skin.
  • It is very important to use sunscreen while using any of AHA products as they are removing the layer of dead skin cells that would work as a part of skins protection system.
  • You can use AHA peels (the ones from store and lower than 10%) 2-3 times a week, but not more than once a week if you have sensitive skin.


     I have been using NIP+FAB 2-3 times per week for almost a month and I am over the moon about the effectiveness. My pores are slowly shrinking and my skin is glowy and healthy looking. Also skin is more balanced and T-zone is becoming less oily. Therefore I haven't noticed much difference on my acne-scarred areas but it takes time and it is not an easy issue to fix.
     The packaging contains 60 pads so it could last for about half year which is quite an impressive amount of time. Pads are soaked richly even though they are so thin, I still manage to apply it not only on face but also neck area. As noted in instruction I use the pads only before sleep, and I also am not applying any other product on top. Somehow it feels enough and skin is quite plump in the morning after anyway.
     Beauty professional Caroline Hirons suggests to keep the packaging upside down so the pads would be maximally soaked with the ingredients.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or cosmetician, all opinions are based on my personal experience. Use AHA and BHA products responsibly and as it is stated in product instruction, consult a professional, if necessary.

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