Product Review : Pai Age Confidence Cream
issue six : the shape of things to come
I have recently levelled up a number on the age scale. While I have been seeing the signs of ageing on my face for a few years now, the changes in it come quicker and faster these days. The thing is, fighting the signs of ageing is futile. The best we can do is slow the process down by taking care of our skin from a young age. A little like saving for retirement I guess. Not enough of us do it until it's too late.
Most skin care brands play on our insecurities about growing older, and the changing shape of our skin. They do this by employing the phrase 'Anti-Ageing' to sell their products and the same time depicting ageing as a flaw rather than the privilege it is. Pai Skincare has gone for a different approach. Their Age Confidence Cream is a glorious example of honouring the ageing process and pushing forward with confidence, reminding us that is a very normal, natural and beautiful process.
The beauty of ageing is the wisdom and understanding that comes with it. The beauty of Pai Skincare is that they also learn as they grow older. They have recently updated the name from Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream to Age Confidence Cream, and with the name change came an update to the formula too. It now includes Ectoin and Hyaluronic Acid, which helps the skin hold moisture and protect it against the ageing effects of stress and sensitivity. The new easy-pump container also ensures that you get more out of the bottle and because the packaging is now made from a single material (plastic) it is more easily recyclable. The previous incarnation of this product was in a glass bottle, but inside the glass container was a plastic sack that contained the cream, making the package more difficult to recycle, as you cannot recycle multiple materials unless you take them apart completely.
I love the texture of this super-rich moisturiser, particularly when my skin is acting up and being over-sensitive to internal and external factors that I have no control over. That is after all what Pai is known for... effective, gentle care for sensitive skin.
It has also a become a kit essential for those times when models skin is hyper-sensitive from all the abuse it gets from being covered in harsh synthetic ingredients day in and day out.
In order to address sensitive skins needs, one of the key ingredients (amongst others) that all Pai Skincare products are devoid of is perfume - synthetic and natural alike. While some of the products do contain essential oils, they only appear in very low-doses, if at all. This does mean, however, that the smell isn't as pleasant as other untainted moisturisers on the market, but it's a compromise I am prepared to make when mine or my model's skin requires some serious TLC.
Please remember that everything we ever buy has the potential to go to landfill, wether is recyclable or not. Only buy new products when you have run out of your current products or if it is absolutely essential. Your wallet and your the planet with thank you.
In a hurry? mix a few drops of your favourite untainted foundation into the cream for a light tinted moisturiser.
Aqua, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil* - Macadamia Oil, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil* - Apricot Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin* Borago Officinalis Seed Oil* - Borage Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter* - Shea Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil* - Thistle Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Ectoin, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil - Echium Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil* - Plum Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Rosa Damascena Oil* - Rose Oil, Tocopherol - Natural Vitamin E, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium Anisate, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil* - Rose Geranium Oil, Sodium Levulinate, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil* - Grapefruit Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract - Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid
Naturally occurring molecules within essential oils: Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol
Suitable for Vegans. Not tested on animals. Contains nut oil.