During a recent FaceTime session with one of my friends from the great white North (Canada, of course), I was introduced to a product by Peter Thomas Roth called “Max Complexion Correction Pads.”
(We literally do little mini hauls when we FaceTime. I snap photos on my iPhone of products she recommends so that I remember to buy them)—proof:
I was skeptical at first since I had already used (and very much enjoyed) Philosophy’s Micro Delivery Mini Peel Pads. I didn’t want to buy another (similar) product but at the same time, I really wasn’t using the philosophy pads anymore because I adding new products to my routine and didn’t want to over do it. I still use the Philosophy pads to help treat the KP on my upper arm area (one of my readers recommend this to me!)
Plus, my friend always has the best recommendations and we have similar skin issues, so I had to go for it.
The Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads (H jokingly calls them the “Chad Michael Murray” pads because he thinks the three names are ridic) are different than the Philosophy pads. They are much stronger and more potent. They contain the following ingredients:
- 10% Glycolic Acid (AHA) exfoliates surface dead skin cells and stimulates cellular turnover.
- 2% Salicylic Acid (BHA) helps to loosen sebum within the pores and prevents future breakouts.
- Green Tea Extract, an anti-oxidant, protects the skin from free radical damage.
- Arginine buffers the skin from irritation.
- Allantoin soothes and calms.
- Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates.
- Chamomile & Comfrey Extracts comfort and soothe.
I have noticed great results using these. They actually make your pores look smaller and my skin is smoother and brighter. I also believe they help with preventing acne breakouts. The glycolic acid helps with fine lines too, which, as I’m nearing 30’s is becoming a continued concern. Remember, prevention is key!
We each use HALF of one pad every other night or so. We cut them in half ourselves. Isn’t sharing fun? (not to mention money-saving!)
First, I apply a layer of moisturizer to my skin. Then, I apply the product on the pad to my entire face and do NOT wash it off (please note that using the pad AFTER moisturizer basically takes it off, but I have this theory that it’s good to let a little moisturizer seep in before you use such an intense product).
I leave the product on my skin to work its magic overnight. In the morning, my skin is noticeably smoother, softer and my pores look refined. I was actually shocked the first night I used the product because my pores were so small the next morning that I actually thought my vision was getting worse (it’s not).
The one word of warning—they do burn your skin the first few times you use them. Your skin gets a little red and can feel a little tinge of burning (NOTHING unbearable though, it’s mild, IMO).
I am still using other products when I use the PTR pads. I am still spot treating with my La Roche Posay Targeted Breakout Corrector as well as my Proactiv Refining Mask. I also use my eye cream (by the way, I know this seems obvious, but you do not want to get any of this product anywhere near your eyes!)
Something fun about the product is that it actually smells like a peach bellini. Kind of random but it’s better than a pure alcohol smell.
One thing I’ve noticed is if I use these two days in a row, my skin will become oily more quickly (though, I am not sure if that is attributed to the pads or a change in my hormones because of going off the pill). Either way, I cut down to using them every 2-3 days for the maximum benefits for my skin type. I also want to note that these pads also come in a “gentle” formula for those with less tolerant skin.
Overall, I LOVE this product and am thrilled with the results. I also have to admit that I love that they are so easy to use that my H uses them too (even though he calls them Chad Michael Murray pads). It’s nice because there are 60 pads per container and we cut them in half so it would take forever for just one person to use them.
The Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads are available at Sephora and on the PTR website. Here is a handy product description too:
Regulates healthy cell turnover and delivers proven anti-aging benefits that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Deluxe, generously thick, double-sided pads deliver gentle cleansing action on one side and superior pore-refining exfoliation on the textured side. Pads contain a potent blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid Complex10%), Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid 2%) and Alcohol (46%) in an advanced botanical formulation. Fresh peach bellini scent replaces traditional medicinal antiseptic pads.
So far, the Max Complexion Correction Pads have been one of my favorite beauty finds of 2012!
Have you tried them before (or a similar product?) Let me know in the comments below!
FTC Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money and these are my honest thoughts.