I once read that your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s not something I’d really thought about before, always considering the skin to be just the bit that holds all your organs in place. As I learn to take better care of my body it makes sense to consider what it is I’m putting on it, not just on my face. If you use products that contain lots of nasties and are spreading them all over your skin then it’s pretty likely that you’re going to be absorbing a lot of them into your body.
I spend a lot of time researching skincare brands. Friends that I speak to IRL will know that I’m quite passionate about it, especially when I’m talking about a brand that’s organic. My friend Julia from Stylonylon suggested Pai Skincare to me a little while back, she’d met Sarah the founder and was super impressed with their products. (FYI Julia has amazing skin and has done for as long as I’ve known her.) They’re an organic skincare brand that specialise in products for sensitive skin. I admit, it took me a little while to give them a try but I wish it hadn’t. I’ve been using quite a few of their products over the last month and already have a few firm favourites.
I took a couple of Pai products with me to Croatia, a body wash and body cream. The Pai Gentle Genius Camellia & Bergamot Body Wash is a little bit different to most as it doesn’t contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a synthetic compound that’s used in a lot of cleaning products (including laundry products). It’s an effective surfactant and foaming agent but it’s also an irritant and pollutant. As Pai specialise in products for those of us with sensitive skin they’ve chosen not to use it in their body wash. Instead they’ve come up with an ingenious way of creating a foam with the use of a konjac sponge, another product that’s really great for sensitive skin. I have got on so well with this product and have been continuing to use it since returning to London. I’ve also noticed that a little goes a long way with the use of the sponge.
The other product that I took with me was the Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream. This seemed particularly appropriate as I knew I was going to be in the sun and the calming properties of this cream would be perfect for soothing my skin at the end of the day. I didn’t take aftersun but used this instead. It has quite a thick texture which you need to pat all over to spread it before rubbing in (although I hear they’ve been revising the formula to make it more glossy). Apart from the very irritating mosquito bites I got in Croatia, my skin has been pretty happy.