August is here?! I swear, the older I get, the more the year flies by. Amirite? 😉 Anywho, let’s get to sampling, shall we? You know how you go to Ulta and there’s the aisle of doom, but there’s also a kiosk section with travel sizes? At least mine does… Anyways, I was on the hunt for a specific product, couldn’t find it, so I picked up the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads.* I had not seen this around and I was looking for a toner pad to take with me on a trip, so I thought “why not?” Right?
So what are the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads? According to Juice Beauty, the Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads, “help brighten, smooth and tone while reducing the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.” Juice Beauty also states, “these luxurious, eco-friendly bamboo pads are saturated with antioxidant-rich organic fruit acids to brighten while extracts of algae, Vitamin B3 and plant-derived sodium hyaluronate reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dark spots and discoloration, for optimum age-defying results.” In addition, the brand says these pads are good for almost all skin types, minus those with sensitive or rosacea skin, and for those in their 20’s and up.
Other bits to know, the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads is formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. I haven’t mentioned yet, but Juice Beauty is also cruelty-free. I’ve given my thoughts on parabens in the past, but if the exclusion of such an ingredient means something to you, keep that in mind.
Knowing all of that, let’s take a brief look at the ingredients and then my thoughts on the product! Below are the ingredients (as listed on CosDNA):
Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice°, Citrus Medica Llimonum (Lemon) Juice°, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice°, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Glycerin°, Gluconolactone†, Polysorbate-20, Palmaria Palmata (Red Dulse) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract°, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract°, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside†, Sodium Hydroxide, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract°, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Tea) Oil Extract°, Sodium Hyaluronate
† = plant derived °= certified organic
First let’s look at the claims of the “antioxidant-rich organic fruit acids.” As you can see, the organic fruit products are labeled and are apple and lemon juices. I’ve done a bit of research, and apple juice and extracts are rich in antioxidants, AHAs and Vitamin C. In addition, some research on lemon juice and extracts is rich in Vitamins B and C and can be used to reduce hyperpigmentation, however can be rather sensitizing to those with sensitive skin. There’s some other ingredients here; aloe vera, red dulse, orange, cucumber, licorice, bearberry and tea. These ingredients range in being anti-inflammatory, firming, exfoliating, soothing, brightening and anti-aging.
Now I did talk very briefly about the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads in my April Empties, but let me go a bit further. I do think these a nice toner pads, but you definitely cannot have any bit of sensitivity while using these. If you’re skin is sensitive in general, I suggest a once every 2-3 day use. I found that out the hard way as I got a bit of a sunburn on my nose after a day at the local amusement park. I won’t be forgetting that night! 😣 Overall, I do think this product does the job as far as toning and exfoliating, as I didn’t need to use any other exfoliating products, but because of how harsh it is, it isn’t the perfect on-the-go toner.
Of course, you know me, I’ve got to break down the cost. The Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads retails for $45/60ct, which is about $0.75 per pad. This product is pretty similar to the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($30/60ct., $0.50 per pad). Additionally, while all facial wipes, I’ve found that the Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ($6/30ct., ), Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Pink Grapefruit ($5.99/30ct., ) and SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Radiance Cleansing Facial Wipes ($6.59/30 ct., ) give similar results when used in the same step.
So are the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads worth it? Honestly, probably not. I’ve gotten similar results from other cruelty-free brands at a fraction of the cost. I wish I had more to say, but really I don’t. It’s a simple product with decent results that can be mimicked with less costly products.
Recommended skin type: All, but not those prone to sensitivity or redness.
Recommended ages: 20’s+
What are your thoughts on the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Nightly Brightening Pads?* Would you be willing to splurge for this product or simply pass it up? Also, if you have any other products similar, be sure to list them in the comments! You know I’m willing to try all of your suggestions! 😉