18 February, 2015 What’s New: Nip and Fab Skincare
Whilst traipsing the aisles of Boots last weekend, I spotted a rather nifty deal in the skincare section. Nip & Fab was offering a discount on their entire range, including their wildly hyped Glycolic Fix Cleanser and Scrub. These two products had been on my wishlist for a while, but due to the humongous backlog of products I’ve yet to get through, I couldn’t justify the £18 it would set me back for picking these two up.
The Glycolic Fix range works to retexture, brighten and tone skin with the help of glycolic and apple amino acids, and it’s claims are pretty similar to the Pixi Glow Tonic I reviewed in this post. Glycolic acid is often targeted at mature skin for it’s renewing properties, and when combined with salicylic acid (as it is in these two products), they offer a potent cocktail of acne-fighting ingredients to help clear skin of blemishes and clogged pores.
The cleanser has a thick, gel-like consistency that turns into a creamy foam upon contact with water. I found this to be lovely and refreshing on my skin, although after washing away the residue, my skin felt slightly tight and restricted. For my oily skin this isn’t always a problem, but on sensitive or dry skin types this could lead to uncomfortable redness and itching. So far I’ve used the this as the second step in my cleansing routine, and find it removes grime, oil and leftover makeup incredibly well. I’ve definitely noticed some spots fading a lot faster than normal, as well as some pigmentation on my right cheek fading a little as well.
Whilst I really enjoy the cleanser, the scrub didn’t do that much for me. It’s a typical manual exfoliant, meaning it contains tiny granules that buff dead skin away. Personally, I prefer acid toners for a more gentle way to scrub my skin, and although this did leave my skin feeling smooth and polished, it didn’t create that ‘new skin’ look I love, and always notice with the Pixi Glow Tonic. I’ve seen on their website – nipandfab.com – that they offer Glycolic Fix Pads, which work in a similar way to the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, and include hyaluronic acid to soothe and moisturise. These would be a great option if you have dry or sensitive skin, and I’ll definitely be testing them soon!
I have to commend Nip & Fab for offering sophisticated, high-impact ingredients for an affordable price, and if you have mature skin that’s slightly oily to combination, these two products could work wonders on your skin. If you have very young skin or are quite dehydrated, these will probably be too harsh and stripping, although the Glycolic Fix Pads sound rather lovely, and would suit the majority of skin types.
Have you tried any products from Nip & Fab, or the Glycolic Fix range? What other products do you love for brightening and exfoliation? Let me know in the comments below!