Reviewed by Birgett

When I was asked to test the Dr. Denese Advanced Firming Facial Pads ($35/60 pads), I had never heard of Dr. Denese before. I now know that she is well known and can often be seen on her infomercials selling various products.

I got my jar and started using it right away. I was surprised that the solution stung when I applied it, but at the same time I felt like it might be doing something. I also like the pad application idea. Each pad holds a lot of the product, and they are easy to use and dispose. The next morning, I did my normal routine – pure aloe all over my face and ultrasound with Truth In Aging’s Ultra Renew ($89 in the shop). When I was done with all my usual products, I noticed my face felt like it was burning. So I looked in the mirror and my face was turning bright red and swelling, like I had a severe sunburn! Fortunately, it went back to normal within an hour. I experimented the next few days and found out that it was the combo of the firming pads at night and the aloe in the morning  weird! Apparently, I can’t use aloe the next morning after using the pads, which is interesting because my facial skin usually isn’t sensitive.

I looked for evidence as the month went by that fine lines and wrinkles were somehow going away, but no such luck. What I did notice, though, was that my skin felt good – more alive. I was also very pleased that a large, dark hyperpigmentation spot that has always bothered me was slowly getting lighter.

I showed the jar to my esthetician, here in Arizona, and she said that the glycolic acid, which is the second ingredient, is molecularly the smallest of the face-friendly acids, so it really penetrates deeply. When it is mixed with other good ingredients, they too can go deeper. It’s what many peels have in them and it is a great exfoliator. She read all the ingredients and said this really looks like a good product.

I really like the firming pads for my own reasons, and I think it is a powerful product for a great value.

Ingredients: Water (aqua), Glycolic Acid (+10%), Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Avena Sativa (Oat) Protein, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tetrapeptide-7 Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Yeast Extract, Zea Mays, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Thioctic Acid, Triethanolamine, Diisopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Diiostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Orzanol, Ubiquinone, Sodium PCA, Trisodium EDTA, Potasium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

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