12.02.2014
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ProGenius Treatment Oil
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $78
Category:Skin Care > Body-Care Products > Face/Body Oils
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

ProGenius Treatment Oil isn't a "work of pure genius" as claimed. Rather, it's just a very good blend of (mostly) non-fragrant plant oils for dry skin. Although the majority of oils in this waterless product are beneficial for dry skin and each is a rich source of antioxidants, this product is tough to recommend. Why? Because it contains Rosa damascena flower oil, a fragrant plant that has benefits and problems for skin due to its fragrance components. Although disappointing, it's further proof that just because an ingredient is natural doesn't mean it's better or safer for skin. In any event, despite the overall positive formula, you can see what we mean by it not being purely genius.

If you'd like to add a facial oil to your skin-care routine this is an option, but you can also consider mixing non-fragrant options available at health food stores. That way, you're assured of only getting the good oils and not the problematic ones that seem so common in blended facial oils, though this one is far less fragrant than most.

Pros:
  • Contains several very good, antioxidant-rich non-fragrant plant oils.
  • Not as heavily fragranced as many other facial oil blends.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • The rose flower oil poses a slight risk of irritation.
  • Doesn't instantly absorb as claimed; these are oils and they can feel greasy unless applied sparingly.
Claims

NUDE’s signature treatment oil is a work of pure genius. Rich in omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, this pure and active oil provides a precisely balanced diet for the skin. The beautiful formula instantly absorbs for deep skin cell nourishment and the natural radiance of young, healthy skin.

Ingredients

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate,Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Commiphora Mukul Resin Extract, BHT, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rapeseed Glycerides, Annatto, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract.

Brand Overview

Nude Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good water-soluble cleansers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; most of the products contain fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation; no sunscreens; no daily-use AHA or BHA products to exfoliate skin; no products to address the needs of those with acne or skin discolorations; the Replenishing Night Oil doesn't replenish anything; some products will see their natural ingredients become ineffective due to jar packaging.

United Kingdom–based Nude Skincare has made quite a splash in that part of the world. It was founded by "eco-entrepreneur" Bryan Meehan, owner of the U.K.'s Fresh and Wild organic grocery stores (their American parent company is Whole Foods). Now, in addition to selling healthy foods, he mixes them into cosmetics and sells them as well, which was a natural (pun intended) next step for Meehan. After all, it was only a matter of time before he noticed and took advantage of the fact that natural skin-care products sell well in health food stores, just as major grocery stores sell mass-market product lines. Thus, Nude Skincare was born, and according to Meehan, Nude Skincare is "the first luxury skincare line that is free from the chemicals your body would rather avoid." Regrettably, the only luxurious parts of Nude Skincare products are the prices.

The endless parade of natural or organic product lines and their endless claims of how pure and healthy their products are is exhausting and more fiction than fact. Much like antiwrinkle and anti-aging claims, the hype and misleading information about natural ingredients appear time and time again. It is important to reiterate that there are good and bad ingredients in both the natural and the synthetic realms. Plus, labeling something "natural" doesn't mean it is. But of course that didn't stop Nude Skincare, a company that claims to be all natural, but isn't. Regardless, this line claims to be all you need for skin, which isn't true either.

One look at Nude Skincare products' ingredient lists make it abundantly clear that the ingredients in their products are not all natural. Like many cosmetics companies, Nude Skincare attempts to get around the synthetic aspects of their ingredients by putting the natural source of their chemical-sounding ingredients in parenthesis. Describing dicaprylyl ether or lauryl alcohol as coming from coconut doesn't mean you can take that ingredient and make a piña colada; those ingredients are not found in nature. We're not saying that those ingredients are bad for skin, but misleading claims don't add up to good skin care; what counts is what works on your skin. Of course, plants have a place in skin care, but they also have drawbacks, although the latter fact seems to fall on deaf ears among those converted to natural and among those fear mongers who love to make women afraid of anything synthetic. Ironically, however, Nude Skincare also includes several natural ingredients that, unfortunately, have published, peer-reviewed research showing that our skin is better off without them!

Other than the high prices and the sleek, modern packaging, one aspect of this brand that has captured consumer and media attention is the claim that Nude Skincare products contain prebiotics and probiotics (i.e., microorganisms) designed to normalize the microflora of skin. In a cosmetic, neither the prebiotics nor the probiotics will stay alive and they must be alive to have any impact, at least that's the case when they are digested (i.e., yoghurt has live strains of bacteria). What is more significant is the limited research showing that topical application of bacteria strains has any effect on skin, for better or worse. Nude Skincare claims they have conducted clinical trials that show these products were highly successful, but we were told they weren't available for review. The company wouldn't send us any information to verify their study, so we have no way of knowing the details of their clinical tests.

What we know so far (again, from limited research) is that topical application may reduce skin inflammation brought on by immune system disorders and help skin grafts on burned areas heal faster, but that was sourced from living strains, not applied in a cosmetic skin-care product (Sources: International Wound Journal, February 2009, pages 73–81; and Der Hautarzt, Epublication, August 6, 2006).

For more information about Nude Skincare, call 1-855-375-1610 or visit www.nudeskincare.com.

Note: All prices are listed in United States currency.

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01.23.2014
Great with my serum

I love this product. And even though it's expensive I only use one drop with my Olay micro-sculpting serum day and night and it has made a real difference in my skin. It gave me just the little extra moist I needed on my face during winter time. Can't say enough good things about this face oil!

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Tatiana L.
10.22.2013
Love, love, love!

Yes, it is pricey. I'm currently online looking for a cheaper alternative with similar ingredients or for online shops with any deals and steals. I use two drops at night with my night cream and one in the am with my day moisturizer. To the poster that previously mentioned that she found it made her skin oily but also mentioned you use your Clairsonic twice a day to " deep cleanse" ... I don't think it was the product making your skin oily ... sounds like you are WAY over-cleansing!!

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05.21.2013
Disagree! Amazing product!

I absolutely love this product! I saw noticeable differences (ex. decrease in redness, luminous skin) after a few nights. It is also great mixed in with moisturizer in the morning. I recommended this to my mom and sister and both loved it as well. I saw a reduction in the lines around my mom's eyes after she used it for a few weeks. I highly recommend it!

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Sandy
05.14.2013
Disappointed

I wanted to like this. The first application felt rich and moisturizing. While I only used this at night my skin started to feel greasy during the day. I have a Clarisonic so my skin is cleansed deeply twice a day. Glad I only had a sample. I would have been very disappointed if I had spent $78.00.

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05.04.2013
Respectfully Disagree Product is Wonderful

After using Argan oil for months, the Pro Genius was a real delight. it absorbed quickly AND seemed to have instant results without silicone! After just two days with the brand moisturizer I noticed a difference in my skin. I have good skin . . . thanks to good genes . . . nevertheless time takes its toll. After two days, my skin seemed flawless. My tinted moisturizer went on and without any touchups or concealer, my skin seemed perfect.

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