Hello! This is the last review for the Skinfood X StyleKorean TMRM, if you didn’t come from the previous post, no worries! You can check out the introductory post here, to get some background info. This review is for the Carrot Carotene Calming Pads from the brand Skinfood. Let’s get into it!

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Since this is the last review in this review series, I’m feeling a bit bitter-sweet about it. I had a great time trying out these products and it was great getting to know some bestsellers from a brand I started my skincare journey with. This final review is on the Carrot Carotene Calming Pads, and once again, I got these through the StyleKorean TMRM program in exchange for my honest review.

Skinfood Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pads
Skinfood Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pads

This product, like the carotene serum, is something that I’ve heard of when it first came out. Though I always thought these were exfoliating pads instead of those toner/mask packs. I got a box of 5 through the TMRM program, and right off the bat I will be planning to buy more.

So, the concept around these calming pads is that it’s made with carrot extract and carrot seed oil, which is rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants. These ingredients are very similar to – if not the same as – the carotene moist effector (serum), which means it’ll help your skin retain moisture, and calm over-heated/sensitized skin.

Skinfood Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pads, Interior Packaging
Skinfood Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pads, Interior Packaging

While I have the individually packed version of the calming pads, I believe only the full container of 60 pcs is available for sale online. The pads are still fairly thin, but a just bit thicker than those thin exfoliating ones. It’s a very soft and cushiony material, and not as heavily embossed as other pads. In the individually packaged packs, there are two pads per package.

The packaging on my version of the pads kind of imitate natural/paper packaging, especially with the little flecks of “fibre” printed onto the packaging. Luckily for me though, the top was really easy to peel off without having to use scissors to cut it.

Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad
Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad
Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad, after application
Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad, after application

The two pads themselves adhere to the skin pretty well, though I think some vigorous movement would probably fling them off. There wasn’t any leftover serum/water in the packaging when I took both pads out, but the pads themselves aren’t dry either. But it’s a different tune when you decide to squeeze the pads though. These pads are absolutely saturated with the product, and I think it’s the design/material of the pads themselves that really allow for your skin to absorb most of that product.

Instructions say to lay the pads on your cheeks or areas that need soothing, and let that sit for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards, remove the pads and gently swipe them over your face to distribute the rest of the product. My skin after using this feels really nice and moisturized, the serum does dry down quickly but there’s no oily/tacky feeling. There also isn’t that dry/tight feeling either, which was something I did worry about.

However, I personally follow up by applying a serum or moisturizer to lock in the moisture. I think using the Carotene serum is probably the best option since they both have similar effects, so it should boost the effect from the calming pad.

There is a scent to the product though, but it’s the same scent from the Carotene serum. The very “clean” scent, kind of what I think a carrot or vegetable would smell like if it was made into a fragrance. It’s pretty strong when you have the pads stuck on your face, and when the rest of the product is applied. But it does dissipate just a little bit after it dries down. Skinfood’s information page and product branding do say that this is sensitive skin-friendly, but I think with products like these your mileage may vary.

Overall, I really do like this product and as I mentioned before, I am planning to buy this and stock up before the summer. Though I think some people have had the same idea because it’s sold out on a few sites. I would recommend getting either these calming pads or the carotene serum if you do face over-heated skin because it does help calm down your skin.

I’m very grateful to StyleKorean for giving me this awesome opportunity to have tried out these great products from Skinfood through their Try Me Review Me Program. And I cannot wait to see what’s in store next!

Did the products seem interesting? I’ve linked them below in case you’d like to get them.

Click Here, for the Carrot Carotene Calming Water Pad.


Toronto-based Beauty and Lifestyle blogger focusing on the world of Korean Skincare and Beauty, particularly product reviews and where to get them in Canada.

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