This expensive product is a blend of fragrant and non-fragrant plant oils. Some of them are wonderful for skin, while others (such as black cumin) are a problem. This also contains several fragrance chemicals that are known to cause irritation, and this is a very fragrant product. It’s troubling that consumer reviews for this product almost always mention how “divine” and “lovely” it smells. Scent isn’t an indicator of a good skin-care product, any more than chocolate cake baking in the oven is healthy for you simply because it fills your kitchen with a pleasant smell. Back to the black cumin seed oil: Research shows that this plant oil’s volatile constituents are “toxic to human skin cells” and also are known to cause allergic contact dermatitis. The studies looking at its toxicity against human cells tested it using tumor cells, but it’s reasonable to theorize that if it is toxic to tumor cells, then it is toxic to healthy cells as well. It also is known that black cumin oil penetrates into skin by damaging the intercellular matrix, disrupting the ceramides and lipid layers that compose healthy skin (Sources: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, volume 13, 2008, pages 533–539; The Review of Natural Products by Facts and Comparisons, Wolters Kulwer Co., 1999; and Anticancer Research, May-June 1998, pages 1527–1532). For much less money and better results, try mixing your own oil for use on very dry skin. A blend of olive, evening primrose, and rose hip oil would be a great place to start.
With an ingredients list that reads like a Who's Who of essential fatty acids, each exquisite drop of this after dark wonder is packed full of everything you need for incredibly soft, supple skin. Pure, active oils rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 absorb instantly to smooth and hydrate while powerfully antioxidant raspberry, cranberry, avellana and kukui protect from the visible signs of ageing.
Vanilla Planifolia, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot Kernel Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Centifolia (Rose Hip), Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Gevuina Avellana Oil (Hazelnut Oil), Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol Acetate (Plant Sources), Geraniol (Essential Oil), Citronellol (Essential Oil), Coumarin (Essential Oil), Linalool (Essential Oil), Citral (Essential Oil), Eugenol (Essential Oil)
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.