Thursday 17 September 2015

Pai | Rosehip BioRegenerate radiance mask

I have to say I love rosehips, it's a bit of a sentimental thing as my grandma used to grow them, and make delicious tea and jam with them. Even before Argan was a thing in the world of western beauty, rosehip oil was huge. The results that it gives are so good that every magazine was taking notice. If you prefer single ingredient oils, I still believe that rosehip is the real deal, especially the one from Pai. That being said, I've been looking for a rosehip based mask for ages. It was something I really wanted, but a few that I could find were a little disappointing in their ingredients, so I never bought one. You can imagine my delight when Pai brought a rosehip face mask out as part of their gift sets. Being true to myself, I put it on a shelf where it sat for ages, while I was trying to use up some other masks. In my defence, I was not to know that Pai would make it part of their main line, which they did a few months later.

One of my favourite things about Pai is that they put an expiration date on all their products, as well as the open jar symbol that tells me how long a product would last after opening. This makes it so much easier for me to know exactly how long I can keep it around. While ideally every product I have would be purchased for immediate use, it's just not the case. I do like limited edition beauty products, and I try to make good use of discounts to save money, so more often than not, my beauty buys are for the stash and not my bathroom shelf. Expiry dates are of outmost importance to make sure I use everything before the products are past their prime.

Rosehip BioRegenerate Rapid radiance mask. Wow that is one long name for a mask. So let's start with how you use it: apply a generous layer to clean skin, leave for 8-10 min, remove gently with a warm damp muslin cloth using upward circular motions. Ok 'generous layer' is very subjective, this mask has a cream texture, so with moisturising creams you generally need about a pea sized amount for your entire face, taking that as a guide, I put a pea sized amount on each of the 4 sections of my face: forehead, left cheek, right cheek, nose & chin together. At this point I feel like maybe an extra squirt won't go amiss so I just top up on the areas that seem to have lighter coverage, the idea is that you can clearly see a layer of mask all over the face, but you don't want to look like its about to drip off the skin.

When it comes to removing the mask after 10 minutes, I rinse it off with warm water. My skin is not a huge fan of muslin cloths, I don't use those on my face, I occasionally use a soft flannel, but I try not to do that regularly. Washing this mask off with just water is actually really easy, obviously I don't get the extra exfoliation that muslin would give, but you know what, my skin looks perfectly lovely after the treatment, so I really don't feel like I'm missing out. I do find it difficult to look at claims of radiance in skincare, what are they trying to convey? Radiant like a lightbulb? Must be my old age, that I'm getting extra cynical. While on my tube it says that this mask is suitable for all skin types, it is especially recommended for the times when your skin is going through a dry period, and maybe needing a quick hydrating boost from the outside (we of course all know that true hydration comes from the inside, but skincare can give a short lived quick fix). I enjoy using this mask, it gives a lovely result of well hydrated looking, soft to the touch skin.

It is a great companion to their rosehip oil, but as the rosehip seed oil in here is a forth ingredient on the list, and the fruit oil is even lower, I like using it as an alternative as I find that pure rosehip oil can be a little too much for me if my skin is having a particularly sensitive turn. Strawberry leaf extract used in this mask is supposed to be beneficial when it comes to evening out skin tone, however I am not too familiar with how potent a concentration it has to be for those benefits to present themselves in a skincare formulation.

Aqua - Purified Water, Glycerin** - Vegetable Glycerine, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil* - Sunflower Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Extract* - Rosehip Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil*- Castor Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter* - Shea Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate - Sustainable Palm Oil Derived Emulsifier, Cetearyl Alcohol - Coconut Derived Emulsifier, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil* - Plum Seed Oil, Kaolin - China Clay, Fragaria Vesca Leaf Extract - Strawberry Leaf Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract* - Rosehip Fruit Oil, Sodium Anisate - Basil Derived Preservative, Acacia Senegal Gum - Gum Arabic, Carya Ovata Bark Extract - Hickory Bark Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate - Coconut Derived Emulsifier, Xantham Gum - Emulsion Stabiliser, Tocopherol – Natural Vitamin E, Sodium Levulinate - Corn Derived Preservative, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract* - Rosemary Extract, Lactic Acid - pH Stabiliser From Sugar Beet
*Certified by the Soil Association (organically produced 75% of product).
**Organic origin.

My tube is 75ml, I clearly lucked out with getting the gift set. I've been using it through out summer, but not every week. I have no idea how much I have left, I've tried to shine a torch behind it to see, but as my mask doesn't always stand upright, it's a bit difficult to judge as some of it is sticking to the walls of the container, it doesn't look like that much is left though. You do need to use it up within 6 months of opening, as the masks for sale right now are 50ml tubes that's pretty easy to do. My guess is you could get up to 10-12 uses if you are careful. For once weekly treatments it would be between 2-3 months before you are all out. At present it retails for £30.

What do you guys think of Pai face masks? Have you tried this one or the copaiba? Let me know in the comments.

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