Facial Acids on a Budget

facial acids on a budget francesca bateman

In contrast to my last skin care review, here we have a couple of products which will do wonders for your skin without breaking the bank.

Facial Acids on a Budget

While I love the Dr Dennis Gross Facial Peel pads (see my previous article here), they are really quite pricey and spending £73 on a month’s supply of acid is something a lot of us just can’t afford. But don’t fret. I have tried out some other skin care products containing acids which do a great job and for much less money.

Pixi Glow Tonic

This really is a cult product and has a huge following. The acid we find in Glow Tonic is Glycolic, part of the alpha-hydroxy family. It is a mild formula so it’s excellent for anyone who is apprehensive about using an acid in their skin care routine.

Here’s more info from Cult Beauty…

“This gentle, exfoliating formula dissolves the bonds binding dulling dead cells to skin’s surface, to reveal the ‘new’ healthy skin cells underneath. Aloe then soothes and hydrates while oxygenating ginseng promotes cell health and skin vibrancy; witch hazel firms and tones, while horse chestnut boosts blood flow, to grant your complexion a naturally fresh and dewy radiance.”

It’s mild enough to be used morning and night. Pour onto cotton wool pad and swipe over the face and neck. Not in your eyes, obviously. Around the eyes is fine but do not treat this as a micellar water for removing eye makeup.

You should use this product after cleansing and makeup removal. It will leave the skin looking slightly red/pink and this is a sure sign that the acid is working. Don’t worry, the redness will fade.

Costing only £18 for a 250ml bottle, this product is great if you’re on a budget.

Available from Cult BeautyPixi Beauty and Marks & Spencer. You can also buy this acid as a facial pad or in a travel size amount of 100ml.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

These facial pads are a great substitute for the Dr Dennis Gross ones. Of course they won’t have exactly the same ingredients, that would hike the price up. 

However, each pad contains Lactic and Glycolic acid which brightens the skin, smooths texture and exfoliates.

Again, these are a mild formula so they can be used twice daily. They are free from alcohol so they won’t dry out your skin.

Available from feelunique.com. A pack of 60 pads costs just £24. That will last you a month or two (depending on whether you use them once or twice daily). Excellent value for money.


Hopefully these recommendations are what you were looking for if you’re going to add acids to your skin care routine. Let me know how you get on with them, or if you can recommend any products I haven’t tried yet.

Francesca x


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