Thursday, 1 January 2015

At home facial with the Pai Kukui and Jojoba bead brightening exfoliator



I started my New Years day with a tried and tested at home facial routine which is perfect for more delicate, sensitive and reactive skin especially if you find physical exfoliation a no go area for you. At the heart of this super gentle but effective facial is one of my all time favourite products, in fact I can't quite believe it doesn't yet have it's own review but we will put that down to the perils of blogging and having far too many products. The star of the simple at home facial is the Kukui and Jojoba bead brightening exfoliator (£20 for 50 mls), perhaps the gentlest physical exfoliator on the market unsurprisingly created by the sensitive skin experts over at Pai. 

I like to start by giving my skin a gentle cleanse with the Camellia and Rose gentle hydrating cleanser (£25 for 100 mls) before exfoliating, this cleanser is always a faithful staple in my routine and is a firm favourite for it's gentle and soothing nature as well as the delicious scent. After that I gently pat my skin dry and take two pumps of the Kukui and Jojoba exfoliator, it is very unique as it has a thick gel/oil texture which has a delicious sweet scent. This exfoliator is extremely hydrating making it the perfect choice for drier skins which have a tendency to be reactive as it is extremely gentle whilst also leaving skin extremely soft. The jojoba beads are very small and completely round. meaning there are no sharp edges to inflame and irritate the skin (sensitive skins take note!). They are made from Jojoba wax and are not naturally found in nature (even though they are made from a natural material) but their gentle quality and the fact they are biodegradable makes them a much better choice than plastic micro-beads or ground up fruit stones. If you are unsure if your exfoliator contains plastic micro-beads look for polyethylene on the ingredients lists, plastics are in a surprising amount of products and due to the fact that they don't break down they are polluting rivers and harming wildlife. This product can feel a little thick to start with which makes it hard to move around the face, I add a few drops of water to loosen it slightly and massage the face for as long as I feel it needs (adding water if necessary). If you add too much water the mixture will go completely white as it emulsifies in to a milk for easy removal but a few drops is just enough to maintain the gel texture whilst also making it more workable. 

You could just rinse this away with water as the formula is extremely clever and despite the oil/gel feel there is no residue left. I do prefer to use a flannel as I find that despite my best efforts if I do not the jojoba beads like to hang about and I find them on my neck afterwards (they can be tricky but the extra perseverance is worth it I promise). I take a warm flannel and wipe away in small sections folding it over as I go to avoid just smearing the beads around, to finish I will splash my face with some water to ensure all the product is removed. 

Today I followed the exfoliator up with a DIY gentle face mask of pink French clay, rose petal powder, argan oil and orange blossom water and the results were fantastic but any good mask will do depending on what you have at home. The key to how well this exfoliator works is for me that it is rich in oils, sweet almond, avocado and kukui oil drench the skin in plenty of Omegas and nutrients to get the skin glowing, it's almost a mini-facial by itself but following up with something else intensifies the results. It is always a pleasure to use, I will warn you that if you are hardcore acid fan this may be a little wasted on you, but it packs more of a brightening punch than the gentle ingredients would have you believe and lasts quite a long time. I have just opened my third bottle in twelve months which I don't think is bad at all and I already have another backup. The results are softer, more radiant and even toned skin without a hint of redness, perfect for skins that can't handle too much fuss or that need a break from harsher routines. 

What your favourite pampering product at the moment? 

Ana x 


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  1. Great post! I have been really wanting to try out Pai for sometime now! I keep reading and hearing such great things about their skincare :) Happy New Year!!

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    1. Definitely a brand I would recommend! :) Happy new year Xx

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  2. This sounds lovely! I am definitely on the market for a new exfoliant and this one is now on my radar.

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    1. It's very gentle but effective one I would recommend :) Xx

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  3. Beautiful review! Loved reading your thoughts about it, it's also one of my faves. Your DIY mask recipe sounds absolutely lovely, thank you for sharing :) xx

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    1. Thanks Liz! Loved your post about the set, these products are ones I come back to again and again :) Xx

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  4. What a luxurious pampering session. My favourite pampering product is a DIY mask of green clay, tumeric, manuka honey, and sometimes spirulina xo

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    1. I have been hearing great things about turmeric in masks I will have to try adding some! Xx

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  5. I have a sample of this and I really have to try it! Lovely post Ana, I always like to pamper my face and DIY face masks are the best! At the moment I've been all about oats, tumeric and honey mixture, my old fave mask :) xx

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    1. What a lovely combination! :) Xx

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  6. Happy 2015, Ana! I've been loving this exfoliator too ever since I received it from Pai's amazing Black Friday deal :) It really is so nice for sensitive skin and the formula is so unique. I think I'll have to follow up with a gentle face mask like you did next time I use it. Great post!
    -Kasey

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    1. Let me know how it works with the face mask, so glad you are liking it too the Black Friday deal was insanely good Xx

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  7. Oooh sounds like something I should try! Recently my fave DIY mask is raw honey + turmeric, so amazing!

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    1. So many people rave about the honey and turmeric combo! One to try I think, thanks Ru! :) Xx

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  8. That DIY mask sounds gorgeous! I'm not keen on manual exfoliators anymore, but this one does sound nice and gentle xx

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    1. No I am not too into manual exfoliators either but this one is very nice :) Xx

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  9. I think this is ace too. I also really rate the AHA mask that came with it in the gift set before Christmas - gentle but still effective at cleansing and brightening. Love Pai!

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    1. So glad to hear you love it too! Pai is a brand that has so many great products :) Xx

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  10. I tried a sample of this in one of their try me kits and I loved it - really need to pick up a full size! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. The kits are really nice with the face mask, better value too :) Xx

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  11. I'm just about to start using this exfoliator. My favourite pampering product was Therapie radiance cream used as a mask it really makes the skin glow.

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    1. Look forward to your thought on it Lynda, I love the Therapie cream it's a serious favourite of mine :) Xx

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  12. I got this in the Black Friday deal and haven't opened yet as I have a few exfoliators but I really want to try it now!

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    1. It's lovely as is the whole line, look forward to your thoughts on it :) Xx

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