“ Brand: Simple / Type: Facial Serum / Subcategory: Pads / Texture: Serum / Further Category: Anti-Ageing / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Rejuvenates, „
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Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. I also love a good bargain and picked up a packet of these Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Vitamin E Serum Pads on a whim after I spotted them on the shelf at my local Poundland, where they of course cost just £1.00.
Product description: "Our Vitamin E Serum Pads are infused with a special blend of Vitamin E and active moisturising ingredients to help fight the signs of premature ageing. Perfect for even sensitive skin."
The packaging for these serum pads is the same as you would get for most facial cleansing wipes. Inside a cardboard outer packet, there is a small plastic wrapper with a peel-back label on the top which you can then re-seal after use. Each pack contains 16 wipes, which can be used morning and evening if required, but I used them just at night time so they lasted me for 16 days with my once-daily application.
Recommended directions for use: After cleansing, use a Serum Pad to smooth over face and neck in an upward circular motion for optimal absorption and application. If required follow with your normal moisturiser.
These serum pads seem to be an attempt by Simple to produce a new innovative skincare product. I have not come across any other serum pads before, and after using them I'm not sure I'm entirely convinced by the concept. The pads are made of a thick white fabric with a dense weave, and are soaked through with an anti-ageing serum. They are smaller than a normal face wipe, and are more like the large square cotton wool pads you can get. To use, I wipe the serum-infused pad over my face and neck as directed. In all honesty I just don't see the point of having the serum on a pad. I regularly use serum products that come packaged in a standard bottle which allows you to dispense the serum onto your hand and then just rub directly into your skin. I can't see that using a pad offers any additional benefit, and if anything I think it's just a bit wasteful as it creates extra rubbish that I have to throw away after I've finished using it. Each pad contains more than enough serum for a full coverage over my face and neck, and even after this they still seem moist enough to be useable, so I often rub the pad over the back of my hands or other delicate areas of skin after applying to my face, to use up any excess and make the most of each pad.
This serum leaves a light liquid layer over the surface of my skin and has an immediate refreshing effect which is both cooling and soothing. It takes a minute or two before it is fully absorbed in the skin, and no residue is left behind afterwards. Because the liquid is lightweight it seems to avoid clogging of my pores and I don't have any trouble with getting blockages, which is a big benefit for me as some of the heavy night creams can overload my skin and lead to breakouts of spots. I have been using the serum pads on their own after cleansing and toning, although it does state you can also follow up with a moisturiser if required. I have a combination skin tone and found that this was enough to leave my skin moisturised without producing any excess oils, and I have been using it in place of night creams. I did once try applying the serum in the morning, when I was having a no-make-up day getting tasks done around the house, and I noticed that my skin did become oily as the day wore on, so I find that my once-daily application is enough. I can really feel the effect after using this serum, and my skin feels soft and clean as well as being noticeably more firm to the touch. The serum pads are free from colours and perfumes so are recommended for use even on sensitive skin. I find that my face does feel a bit tight just after the serum has dried in, but it does seem to have a toning effect and there are protective ingredients such as Vitamin E, avocado oil, glycerine and allantonin which help to restore skin and fight the signs of premature ageing.
I have been very happy with the results from using these serum pads, and think that I got a real bargain by finding them in Poundland, although they've now gone from my local stores and I haven't seen the product stocked in any of the regular high street beauty stores. This is a lovely soothing serum that leaves my skin moisturised, softened and firmed, and I think that the natural ingredients have a really great effect as the serum does feel very soothing. I would happily buy this serum if it was available in its pure form in bottle packaging, but I am not keen on the pad application as it just seems unnecessary and wasteful.
I love Simple products. I have sensitive skin and need to be careful with what I chose to use. I happened upon Simple a few years ago and I haven't looked back since!
I love their age resisting range. I'm 29 now and aware that I really have to be taking my skincare regime more seriously. These serum wipes are great. Each wipe has just enough serum on it to wipe over your face. You can use this under moisturiser so you don't have to worry about going without mosituriser.
The serum is not sticky or oily, just refreshing. When I use this, it feels a bit like a face spritz! The face pads were very soft and not too fluffy, so you didn't get bits of fluff on you. There is no fragrance to these pads, that's the beauty of Simple - fragrance free products.
To be honest, I'm not sure that I fully felt the benefit of it, my skin did not feel any more different than just using my moisturiser. I stopped the serum pads and I must say that I didn't really feel a difference.
They were a nice addition to my beauty regime but not one that is necessary a keeper.
~~~~~~ Simple Vitamin E Serum Pads ~~~~~~
I spied these on one of my frequent forays into Poundland and after a quick look, stuck 2 packs in my basket. Looking at the prices on Amazon, I am glad I did! I paid obviously just £1 per pack which compares favourably to online prices. I am a sucker for skincare bargains and I do like Simple products, so I was excited at this find.
~~~~~~ First impressions ~~~~~~
The packaging is quintessentially Simple, in white, green and grey. The pads themselves come in a small pack similar to baby/facial wipes, with a resealable tab, and this is in an outer cardboard box. The box and pack inside displays the same info so you can get rid of the box without discarding any of the info. This is great if, like me, your lotions and potions cupboard is so chock full it resembles a lego city, full of precarious castles and somewhat wobbly towers.
These are part of the Simple Regeneration range, which is aimed at fighting premature ageing. They have 4 ingredients of interest and these are vitamin E (antioxidant properties to fight signs of ageing), avocado oil (regenerates and softens), glycerin (hydrates and nourishes) and allantoin (protects and further softens). As it's Simple, there are no unnecessary or harsh chemicals like perfumes, and no ingredients derived from animals.
Each pack contains 16 white, rounded-off square shaped pads which are pleasingly moist, soft and rather thick. As expected, there is no fragrance at all.
~~~~~~ Using & results ~~~~~~
Firstly, getting a pad out of the pack isn't the easiest, since they are flat with no fold to grab like conventional wipes. However, I just sort of pinched the pad till it rucked up and was able to pull just one out without any drama. You are directed to smooth over face and neck after cleansing, in upward circular movements. Then follow with your usual moisturiser if required.
These are really lovely to use. As I mentioned, they are very thick and soft and I found them to glide over my skin easily with no dragging. They don't leave my skin feeling overly damp either, and they do actively moisturise - they are not enough for me alone, I need to use my usual moisturiser on my cheeks, but they do remove any tightness in my skin and leave me feeling soft, smooth and soothed. They are moisturising enough for my T-zone though.
I particularly like to use these on my eye areas. I smooth them over my closed eyelid up to the brow, then using a finger I run them gently under each eye out to my hairline. I have found this to be a nice, light and non greasy alternative to using an eye cream/eye gel in the morning (though I do like to use my cream before bed).
One pad is enough to do my entire face, though I don't use them on my neck. I don't use these every day either as I tend to save them for occasions where I have maybe used a facial wash/mask that I really like, but that leaves my skin feeling quite tight. One pad is designed to be enough for one use, as they are designed to contain the "purest possible application in the perfect daily dose", though I can't say whether this is true or not! All I know is that they are a very nice product to use, and they do leave my skin feeling nice.
~~~~~~ Recommend? ~~~~~~
As you can probably guess, it's a hearty yes! The way I use these, they last me a fair while. Even if I used one daily the pack would last over 2 weeks. Not bad for £1. My Local Poundland still has a bunch of them so I plan to buy a few more packs on Saturday. I have to say though, I wouldn't pay the prices quoted on here for Amazon, as I feel it's a bit much for what they are and how many you get, considering they're designed for daily use. But I do have a mental block against paying full price for most things!
These are a nice thing to have though; they leave my skin feeling lovely, soft, smooth and soothed and they are really good for my eye areas. As to how good they are at fighting the signs of ageing, well, I can't really say as I'm lucky not to have any real noticeable lines yet, but I imagine they certainly help the fight around the eyes with their gentle and light moisturising.
One to look for at a bargain price in my opinion!