Two weeks ago, Payot invited us to celebrate their history in women’s skincare.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve heard the name before and know that it’s a well-established French skincare brand. But other than that, I never really gave thought to the story or the people behind Payot.
That all changed at the celebration, however. It was refreshing to find out that Payot was started by a woman in 1920, Dr Nadia Payot. She was ahead of her time and was one of the first female doctors. She was also heavily involved in the Women’s Rights Movement.
She demonstrated her commitment to using her medical, scientific and herbal expertise in the skincare products she developed early on.
Payot was inspired by world famous Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova. After meeting her, which she described as life-changing, her entire vision of beauty changed. The dancer made her realise the importance of techniques to preserve the skin’s beauty and youth.
After observing the dancer, Dr Payot started wondering whether facial exercise could work as an anti-ageing tool. She developed and administered these facial exercises on her clients and to her delight, started seeing results. The massage movements which is the foundation of the 42 Movement Massage, are still being done to this day.
Dr Payot’s saw success with her clients and the natural next step was to create a line of beauty treatments that worked in conjunction with the facial exercises. The first Payot products were launched in 1925 in Paris. The rest as they is history, with millions of women passing down the tradition of Payot skincare.
Here, a bit closer to home, you can find your favourite Payot products at Dischem and a couple of independent pharmacies. Ranges take all skin types into consideration, in other words, there’s something for women who have very dry to those with oily skin types.
What I liked
I was particularly intrigued by Pate Grise, which has been around for 70 years. It’s great for treating blemishes – overnight! It’s basically an emergency ointment and suitable for all skin types.
Being fair-skinned, the African sun can be harsh on my skin. I’ve been in the habit of staying out of the sun as much as possible, I don’t tan, I wear sunglasses and hats; and cover up as much as possible when I am in the sun. Not to mention my trusty 30 – 50 SPF sunscreens. As a young woman, my mother taught me about the dangers of sun damage – it causes horrible things like skin cancer, sun spots and it ages you prematurely. I have no plans of looking like the aunt in Something About Mary. No thank you.
Payot recognised this need and has a great sunscreen range. The Les Solaires Sun Sensi Crème Visage is available in SPF 30 and 50+. A range after my heart.
I can’t wait to try these and do a bit of a review.