Pai - Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator

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6 reviews

50% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


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on 4/4/2017 3:48:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I generally like Pai products so I bought this exfoliator without sampling it first. The product comes out as a thick gel which I don't mind and does a decent job of exfoliating as my skin does feel soft and brighter after I use it. I like the pump and the packaging. However, I do not like the film this product leaves. It feels greasy and tacky and makes me want to cleanse my skin again. I've given it a few goes and have come to the conclusion that it's not for me. I have combination/ dehydrated/ sensitive skin.

on 12/19/2015 11:38:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Absolutely beautiful product. If I ever had a day where my skin was insane dry or sensitive, this would be my go-to. The smell is beautifully light and natural and it applies like silk. However, every time I used it I felt guilty because it's so expensive. And because the ingredients are so amazing, it spoils relatively sooner than other products would. And because I was conserving mine and forgot to look at the expiry date it expired on me. Ah well... will probably still use it.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

It hardly seems fair for me to list this product as a 'scrub' since it's probably the most sensitive-skin-friendly exfoliator I've tried ... but there didn't seem to be a more suitable option, so here it is.

This stuff is great!

I am basing this review off a sample of this product, which was big enough to allow me to use it once a week for 3 weeks. I do currently plan to acquire the full size product when my budget permits. (It's 20 for 30ml).

I have very sensitive skin which is easily irritated, especially on my usually-quite-red cheeks. My skin can be very reactive, and I break out easily, so finding products that work for me can be a challenge. Usually physical exfoliation is a major no-no for me ... anything beyond carefully gentle use of a soft muslin cloth with a gentle cleanser will usually leave me beet red, with hot, angry cheeks. (And my skin is much more likely to break out when irritated!) For this reason, I usually only use chemical exfoliants like AHAs, and keep them away from my cheeks entirely.

I am giving you this background information so that you will know that when I say this:

*This exfoliator left my skin refreshed, calm, happy, brighter, well-exfoliated, and not at all irritated.*

... you know it means something.

Because, wow. I'm impressed. Obviously YMMV, but for my skin Pai's Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator was a GREAT compromise between effective exfoliation, actual skin benefits, and zero irritation. My skin has been doing great while using this product, so I am pretty confident in saying that it does not cause break-outs for me.

This product is yellow, with a gel-type consistency; it has small visible exfoliating beads in it, and a really lovely scent which is citrus-y and fresh smelling; mildly fruity but not in a too-sweet or sickly way - it smells refreshing.

When you first spread it on clean dry skin, it can feel a little thick/sticky/rich. It is a bit difficult to spread a small amount over a large area, which I imagine has something to do with why they suggest you use two pumps of product. I only massage very gently, and I'm especially careful over my cheeks at this 'sticky' stage. You are meant to gently massage your skin in an upward circular motion, avoiding the eye area.

Next, you add a little bit of water, just with your finger tips. The gel melts quickly into a white "hydrating milk". This stage feels great. The beads mostly stick around, but you get that 'slip' that you need to massage your skin more easily. This stage feels like I'm simultaneously exfoliating and soothing my skin, which is a totally alien concept to me! I'm still careful with my cheeks, but I do give my skin a good gentle massage. It seems like some of the beads sort of melt away, and some of them stick around until you rinse off the hydrating milk.

You rinse with warm water; I've also used a soft, wet muslin cloth just to make sure I've gotten rid of any remaining jojoba beads. It leaves a slight residue, but when I look at my face, it's ... guys ... it's less red than how it used to look after cleansing! Yes, absolutely 'brighter' and softer, but still calm. Since my skin is showing/telling me that it's happy, I don't worry about the slight feeling of residue, and just proceed with moisturizer etc. But I think if this bothered you, you could probably do an extra rinse/wipe and/or use a separate cleanser.

This isn't a product I would recommend to *everyone*. If you've got normal skin which can tolerate a lot, I guess you'd probably feel like it wasn't doing a very efficient job of exfoliating. I'm also not sure if people with very oily skin would like it, since it does have a 'hydrating' feel, and contains Omega 3 and 6 as well as a range of oils. Then again, what do I know, you might love it.

The people who I would recommend this to are those with sensitive skin, who want a non-irritating exfoliator which also has some good skin-nourishing ingredients; particularly if you're interested in more organic/natural skincare. I would suggest that you try before you buy; fortunately Pai has a sampling program available on their website which makes this a lot easier. (All ingredients are also clearly stated online, so I'll entrust you to Google to find those details.)

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Far too harsh for sensitive skin. Scratches rather than exfoliates. I don't know what Pai were thinking!

on 8/6/2012 1:14:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Green

I do not like feel like this product does much in the way of exfoliating my skin. My skin feels the same as it did before I washed my face with this. I may finish the sample but I will not be purchasing the full size product.

on 4/19/2014 12:26:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This feels very oily on my skin for and exfoliator and I feel the need to wash my skin twice with this product. As far as exfoliating goes, I did not find this product to be good at exfoliating. I give it three stars for the organic ingredients and its usefulness as a pre-cleansing step. As an exfoliator this is nothing special.

Update March 2015: I have figured out the best way to use the product. As it turns out, this is a product that requires a 10 to 15 minute commitment to be effective. I massages this exfoliator onto my dry face (with or without makeup) and gently buff away dead skin cells for about two or three minutes. Then I let the product sit for about ten to fifteen minutes. Finally, I rinse off the product using a konjac sponge or a muslin cloth, buffing away dead skin as I go. This technique really makes a difference in the performance of the product and I highly recommend it as a natural gentle exfoliator.

The only con of this product that still lingers in my mind is the exorbitant price tag. Try to catch it on sale online and it will be more worth it.

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