Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Review: Prai O2 Infusion

Described as a "foaming lotion", this Prai product claims to protect the skin against the signs of aging and to boost radiance.  I think it's a sort of high tech face mask - you use it a maximum of three times a week, leaving it on the skin for a few minutes, and remove it with a cloth or warm water.

The texture, though, is unlike any face mask I've tried before - the thin, orangey lotion spreads easily onto the skin, and after a scant few seconds, bursts into a profusion of tingly foam.  On the face, this foam bubbles and fizzes in a strangely tickly fashion - it feels like there's definitely some kind of chemical reaction going on.  This isn't a static, sit-there kind of mask.

As you can see, the foam is quite light and airy.  According to the Prai website, the foaming action is supposed to help carry oxygen to the surface of the skin; it's this oxygen which is supposed to have a brightening affect on the skin.  In fact, the use of both foam and oxygen reminds me of Bliss' Triple Oxygen Mask, which I've not tried personally, but which seems to have had relatively positive reviews.

Anyway - let's get down to the before and after photos, shall we?

left: before; right: after

Whilst I think my skin looks a little brighter in the right-hand after photo, I don't think the results are staggering.  That said, though, my skin isn't exactly dull to start with, and I can image that if I tried this product on a bad skin (or even hungover) day, I'd probably like the results a lot more.

Overall, this is a tingly fresh mask, which provides a little bit of a brightening boost.  The product costs a fairly reasonable £19.75 for 40ml - and given that you barely need three pumps per use, I'd imagine that the bottle would last a fairly long time.  Word to the wise, though - if you're considering trying this, and your skin is dry, you might find it a bit irritating - some of my friends with drier skin have found the product pretty unusable, so probably best for those of you with slightly dry / oily / combination skin.

If you'd like to try this product yourself, you'll find it both on QVC and at the QVC website, where 40ml will cost £19.75.  What do you think?  Tried any oxygen masks yourself?  Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: PR sample

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