I think I’m in love with this brand.
I was randomly browsing beauty blogs when I read fellow blogger Gaby’s post where she said that a combination of Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate oil and Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream worked well to help her keep her eczema under control. I am a veritable sucker for all things – whether it be products or services – that claim to help eczema sufferers and have little hesitancy to try out the next ‘miracle’ cure. So off I toddled to the Pai website and popped their sample kit for sensitive skin into my shopping cart together with a bottle of the Rosehip BioRegenerate oil.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’d have seen my tweets on how amazed I was at the quickness of Pai’s customer service in sending my products. I placed my order on a Friday afternoon and it was shipped out on the same day itself and in my hands by Tuesday morning all the way from UK! I was already impressed at the speedy delivery and I hadn’t even started using the products at that point in time.
When I opened up my package, I was absolutely delighted to find these cute wee sample tubs of Pai’s Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (2 tubs), Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator and Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Moisturizer. A perhaps irrelevant point, but I really liked how sturdy the tubs were – much better than the Daiso kits I use for travelling at the moment.
And after that lengthy introduction, I’m finally going to cut to the chase. I was blown away by Pai’s Camellia & Rose cleanser from the first use. The cleanser is soft and creamy and the texture of it seems to invisibly melt into your skin to cleanse. Naturally, no foam or bubbles or even white milky streaks on your face. Just a wonderfully soft feeling when I massage a dollop of the cream into my face. Much like the touted Eve Lom cleanser (which I have not tried before), Pai recommends using warm water and a muslin cloth (provided in the full size version of the cleanser) to gently wipe and rinse away any residue from your skin. Having no muslin cloth at hand, I used a soft face towel and that worked just fine too. Amazingly, this simple and gentle method of cleansing my face worked more wonders in removing the dry flaking skin on my face from a recent eczema flare-up than any of my other gentle exfoliation methods previously. And have I mentioned the scent? It’s soft and delicate, and made me feel like I was having a spa session in my home.
The end result was soft, soothed, non-irritated, calmer looking skin. I have not felt my skin feel this comfortable on its own for a long while now, and needless to say, I’m delighted.
I can confidently say that I vastly prefer Pai’s Camellia & Rose cleanser over my previous standby Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin. I was never really able to put my finger on it before, but now I can – Avene feels a bit like it sits on top of my skin because I feel there’s filmy layer is left behind whereas Pai sinks into your skin, leaving it soft and hydrated to the look and touch. This baby’s a keeper for me!
Pai Skincare Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser retails for USD 50.00 (100ml) on their international website here.
Description : Our Camellia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser easily removes dirt, make-up and other impurities that build up on your skin throughout the day. Suitable for all skin types, including allergy prone skin, the Pai cleansing system is gentle but effective. Unlike detergent or alcohol based cleansers, it won’t dry out or irritate your skin. Bursting with omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E, this cleanser works to hydrate your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
Directions : For eyes – Pump one dose of cleansing cream on to a cotton wool pad and gently pull the pad across the eye lid to gently lift away make-up. For face – Gently massage 2-3 pumps of cleansing cream onto damp skin. Remove with a warm damp muslin cloth using a circular motion. Rinse the cloth and repeat the exercise until all the cream has been removed. Finish with a splash of cold water to the face.
And finally, a related but yet unrelated postscript : In the course of writing this blogpost, I did some Googling and lo and behold, apparently Paris B reviewed their hand cream before. (But the brand didn’t strike my fancy then. Ahahahaha.)