The Instant Facial Dual Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads
Tula’s The Instant Facial Dual Phase Skin Reviving Treatment Pads have an interesting concept, but ultimately are neither as innovative nor as effective as the brand would have you believe.
These single-use pads come in foil pouches that protect their ingredients from light and air until you’re ready to open them. The pads themselves are made of a soft fiber and have a pocket inside that you can put your fingers into. One side of each pad is coated with a gel skin care solution; the other is textured (similar to exfoliating cotton pads you might see at the drugstore). The method of application is to smooth the gel side over your face, then use the textured side for gentle manual exfoliation, letting the gel sit on skin for two minutes, then rinsing it off.
The gel itself has some beneficial ingredients, including hydrating glycerin and fatty alcohols, as well as lactic acid, probiotic Lactococcus ferment lysate, and soothing willow bark extract. These are all good, but considering you’re only supposed to leave them on for two minutes, you’re not giving them a lot of time to work on improving skin.
More at issue is that this formula contains more drying alcohol than most of those beneficial ingredients. It’s not so potent you can smell it, but it’s still not a great inclusion – to say nothing of the potentially drying witch hazel extract and irritating fragrance this also contains. Again, they’re rinsed from skin, but they’re not helpful in the least.
As for the textured side – it provides mild physical exfoliation (about the same as you would get with a soft washcloth), which is appreciated. But this product is in no way an “instant facial (for a fraction of the cost)” that Tula claims. (As a side note, the brand says the papaya extract included in the gel also exfoliates, but not only can it not work that way – the enzymes it contains cannot exfoliate in the same way an AHA exfoliant can – it is again not left on skin long enough to do so).
Because of the problematic ingredients this contains, and the fact that it simply cannot perform as claimed, we recommend checking out our list of best exfoliants instead.
- Includes hydrating, probiotic, and soothing ingredients.
- Textured side of pad provides mild physical exfoliation benefits.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains drying denatured alcohol and witch hazel extract, which put skin at risk for irritation.
- Includes fragrance, which puts skin at additional risk for irritation.
- Cannot produce the results of a facial as claimed.
1 Pad, 2 sides, 2 minutes to baby soft, smooth & brighter-looking skin. It's an instant facial (for a fraction of the cost).
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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