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Whatever happened to Acid Rain? Reviewing Bravura and Nip + Fab


Recently I saw someone pose the question "Why does everyone have to be obsessed with everything? Why can't we just like something?"

It's a fair point; We are "Generation Obsessed". Either that or "Generation Can't-Even". 

What can't we even, I hear you ask? 

None of us know, that's why we can't!

Moving on swiftly, I am obsessed...


...with Acid Exfolation. Ever since I discovered there was a way to remove all those nasty dead and dry skin cells without scrubbing my face raw I was a convert. 

It started with a Christmas gift from my mum. A stocking filler she apparently bought sometime in June last year. A complete throwaway gift which has become my favourite thing! I give you the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix pads. 

They say: Glycolic acid retextures and resurfaces, Hyaluronic acid moisturises and refreshes, Blue Daisy soothes and calms. 

I say: Yes please, more of this. 

I was worried that my skin being so sensitive would reject these completely, I had heard of friends finding them overpowering but it's been quite the opposite. I have completely disregarded their guidance on use, however, once every other day is enough. Once a day if I'm having an extreme dryness breakout. Definitely not twice a day. My dry patches & flakiness have about 95% cleared up. No longer do I need to hide my dandruffy brows (yes that's an actual thing) and scaley hairline (Aren't I the most attractive person ever?!). 

Second up in exfoliators is Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner for normal to problem skin. 

They say: combines the effective exfoliation properties of 10% Glycolic acid and 3% Lactic acid hydrating Aloe Vera and healing Calendula extract. 

I say: Yes and No. I was kind of hoping for more punch. 

I use the Bravura during my hormonal moments when I have an over abundance of sebum (the stuff that creates White & Black heads) around my cheeks and chin; the usual hormone trouble spots just without the actual spots, thankfully! 
Despite the fact that it's a 13% acid you'd think it would be kick ass but the additional oils compensate well, making it a delicate experience and I wouldn't be afraid to use it more regularly if I needed to. At £8 direct from Bravura.com it's excellent value & I'm seriously considering its Ginseng sister for my normal dry skin days. 

So these are my acids. I'm sticking with the budget ranges until my Borg skin adapts and I have to go hunting for something new again. Resistance is futile but suggestions are welcome. 

Thanks for reading! 

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