***This is a sponsored post. I received this product from the company for free to review. My opinions are my own and I am not being paid for a positive review.***
I was sent this to try this out from Armada-Style USA. They're the Japanese company behind the popular e-CURE hair treatment and other salon products. They've recently introduced their skincare line and PIDA is their first skincare product. PIDA is an exfoliating gel that removes dead skin cells and helps facilitate the turnover of skin cells. The main ingredients are Carbamide (for moisture), Aloe Vera Extract (for healthy skin), Hyaluronate (for that great glow), and Orange Oil (for hydration and dissolving.) Getting rid of the dead skin clears the way for smooth, healthy glowing skin and allows other beauty products absorb more easily.
I was interested because as you know my main concern is clear skin. The idea of an exfoliant that doesn't have harsh chemicals or abrasives really appealed to me. I have sensitive skin and certain products are too harsh but I use them anyway. (Damn you hormonal acne! I will win one day...) I use my Clarisonic with the deep pore brush head some days, apricot scrub other days, raw honey, and various face washes. Sometimes a combination. But it doesn't seem to always work.
As soon as I received PIDA in the mail I went home to try it out. The instructions were easy enough - apply, massage, and rinse. But because you know me and I never follow the instructions all the way, I used this on an oily face at the end of the day instead of to a clean face like they suggest. First impression - it's a clear gel and smells citrus-y, almost in a chemical cleaner way, but not too strong. Once its on your face, you don't smell it. I rubbed the gel on my face as indicated. It got really watery and pilled up into little white balls and it scared me just a little. I read the instructions on the bottle again and it says "if gel is not flaking, there are no dead skin cells to slough." Yikes! I guess I had a lot of dead skin waiting to get sloughed off. It was easy enough to rinse off and my face looked pretty clean considering I didn't pre-wash before using. I had no oil, and my face felt fresh and dry - but not dry in a tight or stripped way. When I used my FAB Facial Radiance pad after, it came away surprisingly clean. Usually only my Clarisonic will leave me with a clean face and face pad. PIDA didn't burn or sting my skin or leave it red. My FAB pad felt like it penetrated better as did the facial treatments I used after. I did use twice the amount of product than I was supposed to, but I don't feel like the pea size recommendation goes very far. :-\
The next morning my face still felt smooth, and my foundation went on better than it had ever before. I already noticed a reduction in the bumps around my jawline. Pretty impressive after a one time use. Two nights later I used it again after I slept in my makeup the night before. My skin was not happy and I'm sure it hated me. I used 1 full pump of product to get that extra exfoliation in. I could even go with 1/2 a pump I'm sure. I don't think I'm using extra and wasting it, but a pea size amount does not do too much. I feel like it just disappears on my whole face. Maybe pea size for one part of your face? My face was definitely clean and felt smoother, even around my blemishes. The next morning I was shocked to see that the bumps I had on my jawline and around my eyebrows were almost gone. After fighting for weeks to see an improvement with so many other products, this made them shrink only after 2 uses! I was sold on PIDA immediately. With my Clarisonic I notice gradual improvement, but with this the difference is immediate. It almost makes me want to never use my Clarisonic again. And that's saying something. I used PIDA on my neck and chest, but didn't notice much of a difference. My skin was still a little damp, so maybe that had something to do with it. They aren't serious problem areas for me though, I won't bother doing it again.
- not harsh
- easy to use
- easy clean up
- not sticky
- no redness or irritation
- smell (can be off-putting to some)
The only real downfall I can see with this is the white balled up rolls can fall off while rubbing into your face, especially if you also are doing your neck. Be careful and make sure it doesn't get into your hair. I had some of the balled up pieces get into my bangs and they were hard to get out. I had to wait for them to dry up before I could remove them. I would stash this in my shower and use it after washing my face, but I'm not sure if that's a stable enough environment as the bottle says "store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight." For now I'll keep it stored in my bathroom cabinet next to the sink.
PIDA is available for sale from these retailers - Urban Outfitters, oneradiant, Beauty Army, Amazon, and on their website here. Everyone that orders from PIDA's official website gets a 20% discount!
I'll DEFINITELY be stocking up on this bad boy!