Exfoliation is the word on everyone’s lips. It whisks away dead skin cells, clears up acne, softens skin, and brightens dulls complexions. As a result, we’ve turned into an exfoliation nation. There are more products on the market than you can shake a stick at (weirdest idiom ever). Well, I’m here to offer my humble opinion on a product and a brand that I am obsessed with. Let me count the ways.
Nude Skincare is a relatively new brand on the beauty scene, at least in comparison to giants like Clinique, Dior, or Clarins. They were founded in 2007 by the co-founder of a natural grocery store chain. Go figure! This line is all natural and contains no harmful chemicals that are linked with carcinogenic (aka cancer-causing) behavior.
So when I went looking for an exfoliant, I turned on my well-informed, consumer vision. Skepticism ACTIVATE!
I scoured ingredient lists online to see what brands were touting, but also what they were hiding. Oh, your product has glycolic acid? That’s nice, but what about that denatured alcohol that’s going to dry the heck outta my skin? NEXT!
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I also wanted something that preferably wasn’t going to cost an arm and a leg. I mean, if I like it, I’m going to want to keep buying it, and it would be nice not to have to choose between food and my skincare.
After researching for a few days…
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I came upon a product that fit the bill: Nude Skincare’s Miracle Mask. It had good-for-you ingredients like exfoliating AHAs, no fragrances or dyes, and even added moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin. Plus, the 2.6 oz size was only $48. While not “drugstore” cheap, this product was one of the lower costs per ounce that didn’t have any harmful ingredients.
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Another aspect I liked about this mask? It was in a squeeze tube. I really try to avoid buying products in jars. They not only open themselves up to becoming a veritable petri dish of bacteria form constantly dipping your fingers in it (yes, even if you wash your hands. Microbiology doesn’t lie, people!), but products in jars also degrade faster than products in tubes. Nude’s Miracle Mask is encased in a tube that minimizes the amount of air that can interact with the product and degrade all those great ingredients you’re paying for!
I went home and immediately rushed to use it, cause I’m a junkie, and junkies don’t know the concept of “later.”
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What I first noticed about the product was that it was CLEAR. When I put it on, all you could see was a sheen that covered my face, but no alien-like green tinge. My boyfriend actually didn’t even realize I had anything on my face! So if you’re doing a spa day and indulging in a pizza, you don’t have to worry about looking like a piece of moldy cheese when you answer the door for the delivery guy.
It also has rice beads in it. There is a lot of talk about physical versus chemical exfoliants, and it’s suggested by many that physical scrubs can be harmful to your skin. What’s nice about these beads is that these beads are super gentle, and they are biodegradable (so you don’t have that issue with polyethylene beads that build up in our sewers and oceans and can’t be broken down). This mask is not chunky and gritty. A mere sprinkling of these non-irritating, rice beads help to coax any stubborn, dead, skin cells off our your face so that the chemical AHAs can dissolve the remaining cells stuffed in your pores.
A little goes a long way. This baby will easily last you several months if you use it once a week. It’s easy to rinse off and only needs to be left on for 5 minutes.
So, Nude Skincare’s Miracle Mask really was aptly named. It’s gentle, natural, exfoliating, and won’t break the bank. What more could moi ask?
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