Nip + Fab Fix Pads – Glycolic Vs Dragon’s Blood
I’m a fan of Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix pads so when I saw the new Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads on special offer I picked them up. I wanted to see if they were just as good, or any better. Nip and Fab is the sister brand to Rodial. However, I rarely have the spare cash these days to splash out on Rodial products, so Nip and Fab are a great, cheaper alternative.
I wanted to work out what the difference was between the two, very similar sounding pads, and which one ultimately seemed better.
The ingredients in the Glycolic Fix Pads are below.
They contain 2.8% Glycolic acid.
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Disodium EDTA, Globularia Alypum (Blue Daisy) Extract, Panthenol, Lactic Acid, Parfum, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral
The main ingredients are:
- glycolic acid retextures + resurfaces
- hyaluronic acid: moisturises + refreshes
- blue daisy: soothes + calms”
The ingredients in the Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads are below.
Aqua (Water/Eau), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil,
Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Dehydroacetic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Lilial), Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate,
Citronellol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Geraniol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid
The main ingredients are:
- Dragon’s blood (from the Croton Lechleri tree): forms protective film on skin to protect against environmental aggressors
- Salicylic acid: cleanses pores + aids exfoliation
- Hyaluronic acid: hydrates + refines skin texture
- Witch Hazel: reduces redness + tightens pores
In the glycolic fix pads, the glycolic acid is the second ingredient on the list of ingredients, (2.8% glycolic acid). This means that there is a good amount in the pads (if you want a higher percentage there is 4% in the serum).
The Dragon’s Blood pads where the salicylic acid is near the middle of the ingredients list and the hyaluronic acid near the bottom clearly don’t contain as much of these ingredients in relation to the Dragon’s Blood (which is in an extract of a South American Tree, the Croton Lechleri tree)
Salicylic acid only works to ‘clean out’ the inside of the pores if the solution it is in is PH balanced, however it doesn’t mention anywhere that this product is PH balanced or what the PH actually is. So it’s hard to know whether it’s doing anything at all in the Dragon’s Blood fix pads. I did contact and ask for the PH of the Dragon’s Blood products, but didn’t get a reply.
Overall I think that the Glycolic Fix Pads are a better buy for those with dry skin, milia or if you want to improve the texture. They have a good amount of active ingredient compared to the cost and I can actually see the difference when using them after cleansing daily in comparison to when I don’t use them. They are not too strong as to irritate sensitive skin, but the percentage is high enough to make a difference.
Thoughts on The Dragon’s Blood Pads
My thoughts are, I do like the Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads however I feel these are more suited to a younger skin, or a skin that has similarities with a younger skin such as an oilier or more blackhead prone complexion, but one that is also quite sensitive. I actually find the glycolic pads more helpful in terms of hydration as they exfoliate the surface skin if you use after toning and then you can apply your serum and moisturiser and they really sink in better, but I do have very dry skin myself. I am impressed that they have come out with the Dragon’s Blood cleansing pads to give an option to those