3 weeks ago I wandered into a Space NK with only one thing on my mind: skincare. After devouring the whole of Caroline Hirons blog in a matter of days I had a much better understanding of the various peels and toners out there, and I wanted to go “get me some”. I asked the sales clerk (who was super sweet and helpful) to pick me out a peel, to which she exclaimed, “Cane & Austin! You have to try it. Everyone uses it!” I purchased the Cane & Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads pretty blindly, with no idea if they were any good, and asked for a sample of the Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, which was what I had intended to purchase. She gave me three generously sized samples of the Ren mask, promised me that I would like the Cane & Austin pads better, and sent me on my way. And… I’m in love. In LOVE. I need to tell you guys about these little sheets of wonder.
Basically, in a nutshell (a pistachio shell, I like those), these are at-home, one-step, daily-use glycolic acid peel pads. They promise to re-texturize the skin while helping to rebuild collagen, revealing a clearer, more radiant complexion. These pads contain 10% glycolic acid, which is made from natural sugar cane. According to my research (nerd alert), the “cane” in “Cane & Austin” refers to sugar care! Isn’t that kind of cool? It would be like naming your beauty product “Jelly Shot” (oh wait… that was me).
You are meant to use these twice a day, or once a day if you have sensitive skin. I use these once a day, at night, after my cleanser and before my serum and moisturizer. You don’t rinse it or wash it off; you just swipe it around your face and throw it away. I might eventually build up to using these twice a day, but for now I find that once nightly is all I need. The formula these pads are soaked in works to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and acne scarring (that’s the most important one for me!). As it dissolves dead skin cells, it stimulates the growth of new cells. These pads also have CoQ10, which is an antioxidant to hydrate and nourish, white witch hazel to tone, and vitamins A, C and E to protect against the environment.
The lady at Space NK warned that it might sting a tiny bit upon application, but that the feeling goes away quickly. For me, it did sting, but it was so minimal it was more of a “is that it?” I actually kept waiting for the “stinging” to kick in, but the tiny stinging in the beginning was it. Personally, I like the stinging, because it lets me know that the product is doing something. I am in love with these. I do not find them too harsh for my dry skin, and I do notice a difference after only using them a few weeks. My skin is smoother, less dull, and looks more hydrated, which I think is a combination of these pads and using lots of moisturizer. Overall, I think these pads are fantastic, and I will definitely be repurchasing them.
These pads are meant for all skin types, but if you are particularly acne prone they also make a pad especially for you called the Acne Treatment Pads. These work the same way as the retexturing pads, but they contain 5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid. These two ingredients together, mixed with vitamins, antioxidants, and green tea help your skin fight those breakouts.
They also have the Retexturizing pads in individually wrapped packets, which will be perfect for travel! I am going to use some of my Space NK points to buy some. BTW, if you don’t have a Space NK rewards account, definitely sign up! It’s free, and basically gives you points for money spent, which you can use towards new products. You can sign up on their website or in their store. I have already scored enough points to buy me a new goodie! (Hello, individually wrapped pads, LOL!) Although, looking at the site I might end up splurging on another Cane & Austin product – others have caught my eye since this one was so good! I wouldn’t be surprised if the Retexturizing Moisture Cream came into my possession in the near future.
Ingredients:Water(Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polysorbate-20, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ubiquinone, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Menthol, Acetone, Imidazolidinyl Urea.