First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads Review

I really did want to wait for this post since I feel like I JUST posted about it, but I could not wait! Remember my Herbivore Lapis Oil post that I was so giddy about? Well, I’m pretty giddy about my First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. For the rest of this post, I’m just going to call these pads FAB Radiance Pads or FAB Pads because it is a bit shorter!

I’ll be honest, I turned my nose up at First Aid Beauty at first because I always thought they were kind of basic and didn’t really come with the bells and whistles (yummy scents, amazing packaging, pretty colors) like other skincare lines do. To be fair, I think GlamGlow over does it with the bells and whistles…mainly their scents and funky packaging. Most of FAB is unscented, undyed, and kind of uninteresting. I once received a sample of their moisturizer and thought it was just okay – probably better for dry skin. So, I never really gave them a second look.


It wasn’t until I was recommended the FAB Radiance Pads by a Sephora employee that I knew I made a huge mistake judging First Aid Beauty. Now I’m scouring to see if they have any other products in the line that may cater to my skin. However, I don’t plan on purchasing any more skin care (from Sephora) until the month of April is over, which is RIGHT around the corner!

Upon purchasing the FAB Radiance Pads, I thought “hey why not, they’re only $30 (60-count) and I can ALWAYS return them since Sephora has such a generous return policy.” Little did I know that I would actually look forward to using these exfoliating pads on a daily basis.


Here’s a little blurb on the FAB Radiance Pads from

If you want to know more…
Facial Radiance® Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use, even for people with sensitive skin. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the face, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin looking bright and glowing. Regular use of these pads will smooth the skin’s texture, providing a perfect canvas for flawless makeup application. 

What I love about these FAB Pads is that you see results pretty instantly…of course, they’re no miracle worker and don’t make your skin glow like the moon, but your (my) skin does appear brighter after using. After about a week of use, dark spots begin to fade and uneven skin tones begin to even out. Emphasis on begin(s). 

I stated in my last post about the FAB Pads that if you’re used to using acid peels that are much stronger, then these exfoliant pads may not work as effectively.

This time around, I actually have an after picture, which really isn’t helpful because I have no before pictures. Also, it was right after I used the product because I planned on having more after pictures to see the difference. I really need to get better at this!


Now my dark spots are still pretty visible, but my cheekbones and pretty much anywhere I’d apply highlight to is all glowy and radiant! I’m sure over the course of a few months, my dark spots would fade away as well.

Anywho, the FAB Radiance Pads are good for anyone who has sensitive acne prone skin that typically reacts badly to alpha hydroxy acids. The exfoliant pads can be used every day twice a day if necessary. I think of these FAB Pads as the equivalent to the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Mask but in toner and exfoliant form.

I like to use this product in the morning for a “wake me up” glow. If you use a tinted moisturizer go ahead and put it on right after using these pads because they make a pretty decent primer too!


So, I think I’ll wrap this review right on up and say that these Facial Radiance Pads are worth the $30. If you’re worried about spending that much, you can always order the $15 FAB Pads (28-count) on and try them out. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thanks for reading!