You could almost call this past year the year of the Pad. Skincare pads, that is! These fabric or cotton rounds come pre-soaked in essence and seem to have exploded in popularity lately. I can see the appeal of using moisturizing or exfoliating pads, can you?
Why Use K Beauty Pads?
Convenience: Using pre-soaked skincare pads cuts down on the extra step of soaking your cotton rounds in a product — this may not seem like a huge time-saver, but on rushed mornings, this can definitely make a difference!
Perfectly Pre-Portioned: If you sometimes wonder how much product to use, using a pre-soaked pad can help take the guesswork out of at least one step. Especially when it comes to something like acid exfoliation, exfoliating pads come with the perfect concentration of AHA or BHA, which is ideal for beginners to exfoliation. The Cosrx One Step Pimple Clear Pads, for instance, are a perfectly portioned dose of BHA and are a perennial favorite.
Individually Packed (Or Not): Not all skincare pads are individually wrapped, and sometimes having a whole jar full of pads is desirable to reduce waste and for greater convenience. But there are certainly times when individually wrapped pads are ideal — for traveling for example, or for delicate ingredients that should not be exposed to air (such as Wish Formula’s Vitamin C Ampoule Pads). Also, they’re airplane travel-friendly so you have more room for more skincare!
One and Done: Many products in the current generation of skin care pads tend to be all-in-one products. Some of them cleanse, tone, and moisturize all in one step, which is particularly helpful during the early mornings and late nights! The Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Pads are a great example of pads you can use in the mornings to gently cleanse, tone, and moisturize.
Gentle Physical Exfoliation: We are loving the gentle physical exfoliation provided by some of the textured pads that are on the market now. Sweeping these textured pads over the face gently removes some of the excess dead skin cells at the surface of your skin, with less risk of over exfoliating as you might with a scrub or a chemical exfoliator. The Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Pads have a textured side as well as a smooth side to whisk away dead skin while the acids in the peel gently exfoliate.
Entertainment Value: K Beauty brands are always coming up with fun new innovative products, like the Wish Formula C2000 Bubble Peeling Pads. These squishy foam pads create a rich lather that cleanses and exfoliates your skin in one step.
Some of Our Favorite New KBeauty Skincare Pads
Some of our favorite KBeauty brands, Cosrx and Whamisa, have recently come out with innovative skincare pads that moisturize and exfoliate.
Cosrx One Step Moisture Up Kit
Cosrx has packaged some of their bestselling products together in this convenient One Step Moisture Up Kit, which contains an entire 3-step skincare routine in one handy package. Perfect for traveling, gifting to friends who are new to K Beauty, or for trying out some Cosrx’s most popular products, the kit contains 1) The bestselling Low-pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, 2) The One Step Moisture Up Pad, and 3) the soothing Holy Moly Snail Mask.
Use the gentle foaming cleanser to wash away grime, then swipe the moisture pad over your face as a combined toning and moisturizing step. Finish with the Holy Moly Snail Mask to enhance absorption of the moisturizing ingredients. You may want to add a cream after using the mask if needed, or just be done with your skincare routine if your skin feels moisturized enough.
Whamisa Organic Flowers Peeling Finger Mitt – Moisture Care
Whamisa’s Organic Flowers Peeling Finger Mitts are an easy way to exfoliate your skin without damaging it with harsh scrubs. The soft pads are infused with Whamisa’s signature fermented herbs and flowers, and betaine salicylate, a gentle form of BHA, gently exfoliates inside pores for clearer, smoother skin.
After cleansing, place your fingers inside the mitt and gently buff in circular motions from the center of your face to the outer corners. Don’t forget your neck too! Because this is an exfoliation step, use it directly after cleansing, and follow up with your favorite toner before continuing with your skincare routine.
Do you like using pads in your K beauty skincare routine? Which ones are your favorite?