Several weeks ago, I ran out of one of my favorite exfoliators from Pai, which coincided with the release of their new Brightening Facial set. So naturally, I ordered it, and the joy of being reunited with my exfoliator, led the way to the utter excitement to try out their exclusive new mask, with AHA.
I won’t go into too many details about Pai’s Organic Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening exfoliator, as I did a review several months ago (here), along with One love Organic’s brand New Day. In short, it’s a supremely soft and gentle product. Each time, I fall in love with it again, because it never fails to provide the much-needed brightness and freshness, reviving my dull and tired face.
Ingredients: helianthus annuus seed oil*, glycerin*,prunus amygdalus dulcis oil* , aleurites moluccana seed oil*, prunus armeniaca kernel oil*, carthamus tinctorius seed oil*, persea gratissima oil*, hydrogenated castor oil (and) hydrogenated jojoba oil, sucrose laurate, citrus aurantium dulcis fruit water*, boswellia carterii oil*, litsea cubeba fruit oil*, mixedtocopherols
|From top to bottom: Pai exfoliator and Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask|
Now let’s talk about the new kid – mask- in town: the Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA mask.
A few months ago, Pai added two serums to their skincare collection, but still no mask in sight. In last year’s brightening facial set, Pai did offer a mask, but with Kukui and Kaolin.
I loved the latter as a gentle pick-me-up face mask for lackluster and worn-out skin. (I reviewed it
in my facial round-up here).
Therefore, I had to compare the previous edition with the new one. Both masks are quite similar, with the same creamy texture and scent. I put in bold characters, the ingredients both have in common, and it seems like the Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA mask is an improved version of Pai’s Kukui and Kaolin Clarifying face mask. Kului and Kaolin Clarifying Face mask Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin* Lactobacilius ferment, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil*, Boswellia Neglegta Oil*, Sodium levunilate, Sodium Anisate, Glycerin Caprylate, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol. *Certified organic soil
Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA mask Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Glycerin*, Glyceryl stearate citrate, Cetearyl alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil*, Carapa guaianensis Seed Oil*, Citrus Paradisi Fruit Extract*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil*, Carya Ovata Bark Extract, Copaifera Officinalis Resin*,Xanthan Gum, Sodium Levulinate, Boswellia Neglecta Oil*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Anisate, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil*, Tocopherol, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid. Naturally occurring in essential oils: limonene*, citral*. Contains nut oil. Suitable for Vegans. Not tested on animals.
I was really curious about the additional ingredients, and after a few reserches, I decided to break down some of the ingredients, and find out more about the benefits of AHA.
AHA stands for Alpha hydroxy acids, which stem from fruits, such as grapefruits, oranges and lemons. Alpha hydroxy acids act as chemical exfoliants, which help to get rid of
the dead skin cells on skin’s surface, revealing a brighter complexion. AHA are supposedly less abrasive than regular scrubs and cloths. Alpha hydroxy acids have skin lightening effects, and contribute in reducing hyperpigmentation. Pai’s mask contains Copaiba and Andiroba oils, Amazonian natural actives, rich in anti-bacterial properties and regenerative essential fatty acids, including oleic, palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acids, which are proven to help renew the skin and reduce inflammations. In addition, it also contains Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil also known as Acai Berry Oil. Acai Berry Oil possesses a combination of Omega 6 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. Because it’s a highly emollient oil, Acai Oil is recommended to heal dry and cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. I prefer to use my soft cotton flannel cloth from Akamuti, as I’m not really getting on with Pai’s muslin cloth. It remains a tad too rough for my skin. I apply one to two dollops of the product which I generously apply all over my face, with a focus on the most problematic zones. After 8-10 minutes, the product is effortlessly removed with a soaked warm flannel cloth. I couldn’t tell any improvements the first time I used it, but I enjoyed the experience and was face was looking fresh and glowy. Now that I’ve been religiously using it for several weeks (2x/week), I can report that it does help keep blemishes at bay, along with fading the appareance of small scars. My complexion is also definitely brighter. The prevention of blemish forming is something I hadn’t experienced with the Kaolin and Kukui mask, so it’s a fantastic improvement. As usual with Pai’s skincare line, the mask is supremely gentle and didn’t cause any redness. Something I also enjoy about this product, is the packaging, because this such a convenient product to carry when travelling. Won’t take too much place, and it’s easy to use and wash off.
Overall, I’m beyond pleased with this mask, it’s a delicate product, which gently prevents new blemishes from forming, while soothing and healing your skin at the same time. A winning combination! I’d love to see the Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA mask become a regular product in Pai’s skincare range.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried Pai’s AHA mask?
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