Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

My mom is a strong believer in using ginger in most of her cooking. She thinks it helps with digestion. It’s a sentiment that the Thai people share as well. However, for them, the use of the ginger root goes beyond just mere cooking. They also use a relative of ginger – a root named prai – in beauty remedies for stretch marks, sunburn and various other skin ailments.

The Prai family of skincare ( is named after this key Thai ingredient. They’ve reaped all the invigorating and soothing qualities of this plant and created a wonderful line of elegant skin care products. Luxurious as well as socially conscious, some of their products sound good enough to eat.

Prai’s Radiant Skin Repair Caviar is a healing therapy aimed at repairing the daily damage of your delicate skin. Used overnight, it nourishes the skin while you sleep, while anti-oxidants repair age related damage.

Another scrumptious sounding product is the Radiant Day Caviar, which works together with the Skin Repair caviar. It restores the skin’s firmness, provides moisture and combats free radicals.

Founded in 1999 by Cathy Kangas, Prai Beauty is not only committed to exceptional quality and performance in their product, but they’re also dedicated to supporting a multitude of animal causes. Cathy personally contributes to animal welfare charities.

One of the organizations Prai Beauty actively supports is the Humane Society of the United States ( This noble institution champions a multitude of concerns — from pets, animal protection to political issues. Along with a great wealth of knowledge, their website also has ways you can get involved. Get one of their adorable animal pins to show your support of their advocacy, both here at home and in the international arena.

Another great organization that Prai Beauty is a proud contributor is H.O.R.S.E. of CT ( H.O.R.S.E. – which stands for Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines, is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected horses. It receives no town, state or federal funding and all money is raised through charitable contributions. If you’ve ever wanted a pony of your own, this is your chance. Sponsorship of a horse gives you visiting rights, where you can groom or hand-walk a horse.

Prai Beauty Group
160-B Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
Phone: 203-972-1804

Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202 452 1100
Mid Atlantic Regional Office
Barthley Square
270 Route 206
Flanders, NJ 07836
Phone: 973-927-5611

H.O.R.S.E. of CT
43 Wilbur Road
Washington, CT 06777
Phone: 860 868 1960

Originally published August 2005
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