These Brightening Pads
Created by a woman of color, Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, these brightening pads were created with melanin-rich skin in mind. Key ingredients include kojic acid (to lighten dark spots), arbutin (to brighten), and bearberry extract (for discoloration) all work together to banish pesky dark spots and overall hyperpigmentation. To start, opt to use these at night-only (p.s. those with sensitive skin should use every other night).
Editors Pick: Specific Beauty Advanced Dark Spot Corrector Pads ($57)
##These Pore-Minimizing Pads
Prep your skin to absorb your favorite moisturizer better (and faster) with these exfoliating pads. The breakthrough formula is created with a blend of amino acids, triple acid blendthink, phytic acid, salicylic acid and sodium lactateand much-needed vitamins A and E. Another pro? These pads are both alcohol- and fragrance-free to avoid excessive dryness.
Editors Pick: [PETER THOMAS ROTH Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads] (https://www.birchbox.com/product/38727) ($52)
##These Adult Acne-Fighting Pads
One step that tackles two problems? Sign us up. A unique blend of 5% pharmaceutical-grade glycolic acid tackles aging concerns, while 2% salicylic acid takes acneand emerging blemisheshead on (get it?) Since these pads pack punch, start off slowly and make sure to apply SPF if using in the am.
Editors Pick: [Cane + Austin 2%/5% Acne Retexture Pads] (https://www.birchbox.com/product/23925) ($60)
##These Multitasking Pads
Ok, so theres multitasking, and then there are these 7-in-1 facial pads. Whew! Perfect for hectic mornings (or harried evenings), this slow-release formula acts as a leave-on-mask, serum, toner, exfoliator, moisturizer, and so much more. Simply swipe across your face, neck, and chest, then head out for the day. Yep, its really that simple.
Editors Pick: [STARSKIN 7-Second Morning Mask 7-in-1 Miracle Skin Mask Pads] (https://www.birchbox.com/product/31883) ($30)
##These Makeup Erasing Pads
Sleeping with your makeup on is basically a skincare sin, but with 50+ things on your to-do list we get it. Win against the battle of removing your waterproof eye makeup with these gentle, hypoallergenic makeup pads. They effortlessly whisk away even the toughest eyeliner or mascara without rubbing, tugging, or leaving your skin feeling greasy.
Editors Pick: [Marcelle Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover Pads] (https://www.birchbox.com/product/15055) ($13)
##These Skin-Refreshing Pads
Astringent has gotten a bad rep in the past for being super drying and irritating to your delicate dermis. However, grooming-centric skincare company Anthony Brands finally figured it out. Their pore-refining pads help remove impurities, minimize pores, and control shine thanks to a signature blend of witch hazel, aloe, and azelic acid to name a few key ingredients.
Editors Pick: [Anthony Purifying Astringent Pads] (https://www.birchbox.com/product/13883) ($26)
##These High-Potency Pads
We get it, at-home peels can be hella intimidating, but this one-step system is pretty straightforward. Gently wipe pad over clean skin ( focus on the face and neck) roughly two to four times per week. After a few uses, youll notice a difference in texture, tone, and perhaps fewer fine lines or wrinkles. That is, with consistent use of course winks.
Editors Pick: [Jack Black DIY Power Peel Multi-Acid Resurfacing Pads] (https://www.birchbox.com/product/22852) ($38)