I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
It's no secret that I'm a sucker for products that provide instant gratification by way of visible, tangible proof that they're working. For example, I love seeing the oily dots on my Queen Helene clay mask as it's drying and soaking up goo from my pores, and I love performing the OCM (oil cleaning method) on my face and feeling all that old grime and grit pop out.
Naturally, I had to try PIDA the second I discovered it. This Japanese exfoliating gel promises to visibly slough off dead skin. Totally gross! Totally awesome!
As is the case with any exfoliator, PIDA facilitates an uptick in cell turnover and makes way for brighter, healthier skin. It also works to even out your complexion, both in terms of coloring and texture.
The gel works by adhering to dead skin cells, dirt and grime on your face. Using it is really easy and only takes about a minute to complete.
You start by applying a pea-sized amount to your fingers. I went a little overboard here, but you get the idea.
Next, you apply the gel to bare, clean skin and massage for about 30 seconds. As you do, you'll start to feel these little spongey bits accumulating on your fingers and face.
Once you finish massaging it in, rinse everything off your face and gently pat dry. Then repeat about every two to three days. I use mine about twice a week.
Final verdict: I was honestly shocked at how well PIDA worked--not just because of the visible results, but also because of the way my skin felt afterward. It is noticeably softer to the touch and has a tinge of glowiness to it that I attribute to a good exfoliator.
Counter to what you'd think, this exfoliator is actually quite gentle. In fact, my sensitive skin isn't phased by it at all, probably because it's formulated with ingredients such as aloe vera extract, water-soluble vitamin C and orange oil extract. I think it's a nice alternative to harsher exfoliants that can rub skin raw (both the sandy and acidic kind can do this).
It's a little pricey, but a little goes a long way. I've been using it for over a month and I can't even tell that any's been used!
Intrigued? Grossed out? Do tell!