Purity Daily Moisturizer has the makings of a great moisturizer for dry skin—if only it didn't contain potentially problematic fragrant extracts, each of which poses a risk of irritation. There's no need to tolerate that risk when there are plenty of moisturizers that offer the good ingredients this one has minus the potential troublemakers. This is especially true for those with sensitive skin. See More Info to learn how daily use of fragrant products like this can hurt skin.
Contrary to claims, Purity Daily Moisturizer cannot balance combination skin. We're not sure how it could possibly do that given the amount of oils it contains, though we suppose it could "balance" dry areas of combination skin. For the oily areas, you'd need a separate moisturizer!
This also isn't a daily dose of anti-aging ingredients, but not because it doesn't contain anti-aging ingredients; rather, during the day, your moisturizer should provide sun protection, which this one lacks. If the formula didn't contain problematic ingredients it would be fine to use at night, but the way the claims are worded makes it seem like a daytime moisturizer.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
An ultra-light hydrator that refines and balances oily to combination skin while delivering your daily dose of antiaging ingredients.
Water, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Diglycerin, Cetearyl Wheat Straw Glycosides, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Copper Gluconate, Sclerotium Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Sodium Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Faex (Yeast Extract), Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Olus (Vegetable) Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol.
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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