Saturday, April 29, 2017

High-End/Low-End Bodycare Combo For Smooth Summer Skin


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I recently went to Tulum for some much needed R&R. I had been planning this trip for a couple of months and one of the things on my list of to-dos was to get my skin in check. For this tropical trip where I knew I'd be spending most of my time in a swim suit, that not only meant paying more attention to my face but my body as well.

When SpaceNK had their spring beauty GWP, I splurged on the Cane + Austen Retexturizing Body Pads. These little pads are saturated with a 10% glycolic acid solution and claim to "reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, even pigmentation, and restore skin luminosity and vitality." Each jar comes with 60 single use pads and retails for $70. I know, it's a hefty price to pay for a bodycare product.

The directions say to use one pad in the morning and another at night but, honestly, I only use this at night. I also don't use these daily all the time. Instead, I use about one pad every two or three days and in two weeks leading up to my vacation, I used these every night. The pads are quite small and one pad only has enough product for both my legs or my arms and chest area. If I want a more complete treatment, I'll use two pads in one go.


The pads are gentle in that I don't feel any stinging or discomfort but they do a really nice job of exfoliating and prepping the skin for moisture. The treatment doesn't leave any residue but it also doesn't provide any hydration so you need to follow up with a lotion or cream. The body lotion I like using the most with these pads is the Eucerin Intensive Repair Rich Lotion, which you can find at the drugstore. Using this lotion right after the Cane + Austen pads leaves my skin very shiny, supple and smooth. It looks and feels like I used a really lovely body oil. I wouldn't recommend this combo if you are a morning shower person but if you tend to shower right before bed like me, this is great.

Even with my sporadic use, the Cane + Austen treatment faded some old sun spots on my shoulders and generally evened out my skin tone. Unfortunately this isn't strong enough to get rid of more significant marks. I have a burn mark that I was hoping this would fade but it's still very apparent.

If you want an effective body exfoliant and don't like dealing with the mess of physical body scrubs that get all over the shower, this is a nice option. I don't regret my purchase at all but the high price tag prevents me from using this every day as suggested. Although if you think about spa treatments and scrubs, this is only a fraction of a price for those! I can see myself buying this again in preparation for summer (I still have probably at least 20 pads for the rest of the summer). Do you spend big bucks on bodycare? Have you tried anything from Cane + Austen? I'm a loyal fan of the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads but perhaps I should try the Cane + Austen pads for the face. Let me know if you've tried them!

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