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Day and Night Skincare by PRAI Beauty

PRAI Beauty, known as the ‘Neck-Xperts’, have developed a range of serums focusing on firming and tightening, along with hydrating and lifting cremes for the delicate neck and décolletage areas. 

This often forgotten part of the body requires targeted skincare to protect it against the harsh daytime demands and to smooth and replenish it during the recovery night-time hours. The skin on the neck is rather like the skin around the eye area and can age up to 20 times faster than the skin on the face. It is supported by very little muscle, has very few oil glands, little or no sweat glands and is tissue-thin. To help maintain the skin in this delicate area we have created a targeted collection that has specific actions to tighten, lift, firm and brighten.


Why is it important to have a day and night routine?

During the day, the skin on our neck and décolletage needs protecting against loss of moisture. It also needs feeding with necessary ingredients to help it stay hydrated, supple and soft, with added benefits of ‘holding’ it in place whilst we stretch it, twist it, pull it up and down in many different directions. Night-time is the ideal opportunity to allow our skin to renew and repair, without being disturbed by factors including weather, makeup and pollution.


What makes day and night products different?

Ingredients in day-time skincare vary to those for a night-time routine. Throat and Décolletage Day Creme has active ingredients like Shea Butter to soften, Hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, Sepilift which acts like a stretchy elastic veil on the skin, plus grape seed extracts and squalene to brighten. Throat and Décolletage Night contains two types of Retinol for overnight skin renewal as well as Sepilift and Wellagyl which increases the skin’s hydration, firmness, radiance and helps diminish the look of ageing.


When is the best time to start my nightly routine?

PRAI Beauty believes in prevention, not reaction. The sooner you can get into the habit of looking after your neck and décolletage the better. The results later in life will be worth it!


What makes PRAI Day and Night Duo so effective?

A combination of very different ingredients for day and night-time use.


How long before I can expect to see results?

PRAI prides itself on quoting results in 7 days. The greater the damage to the skin, the better the results.


Do I have to use both cremes to see results? 

Using both gives a better result overall, however using one or other of the cremes will give great results alone. Remember, the Day Creme can be used day or night, but the night creme, as it contains retinol, can only be used at night. For slightly younger skin, with little damage or wrinkles the night creme with retinol is an excellent single option to start with as retinol encourages cell renewal and stimulation. For more mature skin or skin with more sun damage and wrinkles the day option, used morning and night is a great starting place.


In which order should I apply serum and creme?

The Ageless Serum has been designed to layer underneath both the Throat & Decolletage Day and Night cremes. It has a clever rollerball applicator to help stimulate the skin for easy absorption as well as acting as a gentle massager. This powerful serum contains Hematite to help boost collagen production and Goldenrod to shield the skin from free radicals and aggressors. It can be used alone, but in combination with the throat cremes it powers up the effectiveness of both day and night.


What is Prai Extract? 

PRAI Extract is an amber liquid that has been used for centuries as a skin healer.  Harvested sustainably in Thailand from a ginger like botanical root, PRAI Oil Extract also acts as a super skin softener across the whole PRAI range. It was originally reserved exclusively for the Thai Royal family but is now more widely available in its raw form for commercial use.


PRAI Beauty specialises in creating targeted skincare for forgotten areas on the face and body. We never test our products on animals and are proud to be cruelty free, giving a percentage of all PRAI proceeds worldwide to animal foundations around the globe.  

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Retinol

Retinol is the darling of the beauty world, featured in the line-up of all of the best known cosmetic products. If you’ve not yet delved into the world of this must-have skincare ingredient, allow us to give you an overview. Here’s everything you need to know about retinol.  


What Is Retinol?

Often referred to by those in dermatology as the only proven anti-ageing ingredient, retinol boasts a wealth of skin-improving properties. 

Retinol is another name for Vitamin A1, which is the vitamin known for promoting collagen production and skin renewal. The stimulating effect that retinol has on collagen production is one of its most valuable functions. Why? Because our collagen production naturally slows from around the age of 30, leading to an increase in those fine lines and wrinkles synonymous with old age. 

Not only that, but retinol is also a great exfoliator, so it encourages the release of old skin cells while stimulating the production of newer, thicker skin. You won’t be surprised to hear that this is making it one of the hottest ingredients in anti-ageing skincare.


How Does It Work?

Retinol works by prompting weak and discoloured cells on the skin’s outermost layer to slough off, revealing fresh skin beneath. While this turnover can cause redness and mild peeling, after around six weeks the skin adjusts and looks more radiant, smoother, and even. 


Who Can Benefit From Using Retinol?

Retinol is best used on the skin from the age of 30+, as this is the time that collagen levels begin to fall. In this group, the results speak for themselves, with tens of thousands of people around the world swearing by it for its anti-ageing properties. If you have younger skin you may choose to use retinol too, particularly as a preventative solution, though you may not find the visible effects quite as noticeable. 

Because retinol breaks down dead skin cells and unclogs pores, it’s also been found to be particularly useful for people who aren’t getting results from their current acne treatment. If over-the-counter options aren’t having an effect on your acne, it may be worth consulting with a dermatologist to discuss retinol treatments. 

All that being said, there are some people who should steer clear of retinol. If you have eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, it’s best to avoid retinol because your skin’s already weakened moisture barrier will allow retinol to penetrate deeper than it should, resulting in more inflammation. 


What Products Contain Retinol?

The number of products which contain retinol are increasing by the day, but there are a few which our customers swear by. Here are three of the best retinol products, as voted by allbeauty customers. 

The Organic Pharmacy Repair Retinol Night Serum

This powerfully smoothing Retinol Night Serum with 2.5% Lecithin encapsulated Retinol boosts collagen, refines pores and corrects pigmentation. Encapsulating Retinol supports its delivery and skin penetration and this expert formula has been clinically proven to reduce surface wrinkles.


Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream

Reap the benefits of retinol as well as vitamins C and E with this eye cream by Peter Thomas Roth. The slow-release formula gets to work as you sleep, so you can wake to a brighter, smoother complexion. 

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules x 30

“Love this – have been using the capsules for a week and can see and feel the difference.” – 5* review by Sue

Winner of a 2018 Grazia Beauty Award, these attractive pink capsules provide targeted treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, conveniently pre-measured to reduce product waste.


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