Review: Nuxe Nuxellence Detox Anti-Aging Night Serum
When I got my hands on this night serum, I was really unsure as to how I was going to work it into my night time routine (I alternate between a retinol and aha/bha serum every night without question) and either way, I wasn’t to fussed, because I wasn’t expecting to much from an ‘al natural skin care product. I have to say though, I am so pleasantly surprised and I haven’t had any problems working it into my nightly routine!
Nuxe have designed this serum to be used specifically at night, to help skin cells regenerate themselves, making your skin look refreshed and more hydrated upon waking. They also have a day serum (Nuxellence Eclat Anti-Aging Day Serum) in this same ‘range’, which they recommend you use in the mornings to complement the night serums effects. I haven’t tried the day serum and I’m not quite itching to try it, because I believe it is tinted and I really, really, really dislike tinted skin care products. But back onto this night serum. What does it promise?
Our skin’s youthful appearance is dependent on optimal cellular function. Night time is crucial because it is when cells eliminate toxins. Mitochondria act as mini power plants that provide out cells with the energy they need to detox. However, over time the mitochondrial DNA deteriorates and energy production reduces, slowing down the detoxification process. As a result, skin suffocates and looses it’s youthful radiance. Nuxe anti-aging discovery:the exclusive technology of this night cream with 10 patents acts at the heart of skin cells to boost skin purification and cell renewal.In the morning: as a result of the night time purification process, th dull complexion is revived (77%) and skin looks fresh and radiant (91%), as if you have had an extra 2 hours sleep. Night after night: the skin appears rejuvenated (82%), regenerated (95%) and detoxified. Apply at night, on its own or under your regular night cream. Contains 91.7% ingredients of natural origin (including passionflower, anchua, poppy and silk tree…) Paraben-free. Non-comedogenic.
First of all, I was super glad that it was non-comedogenic. I always check that products are listed as being non-comedogenic (if you’ve ever suffered from bad acne, this is always at the back of your mind!) because who wants blocked pores or breakouts?! Even if you are suffering from a current breakout, I don’t find this product makes your breakout worse (it can be perhaps described as soothing).
The other major plus of this serum is that it isn’t heavily silicone based. This means, you can layer it in-between various skin care products, without worrying that the products placed over this serum won’t penetrate the skin. The texture of the serum itself is like a light cream. It isn’t sticky or heavy, yet it does make skin feel a whole lot more hydrated (thanks to glycerin and safflower oil – though you wouldn’t guess that it contains an oil in it’s formula) and sinks into the skin quickly, leaving skin feeling supple. I like that it is hydrating enough to use as a night cream, should you have very oily skin or live in an extra humid/hot climate. In summer, I would find that I still needed a night cream, but I think this is also due to the fact that my skin dries out during the night significantly (even though these days I have quite normal-balanced skin). It does have a slight herbal scent, but nothing overpowering or unpleasant (and we know that some natural based skincare can be quite stinky!).
How did I work it into my routine? Because the night serum is based on plant extracts and proteins, it can be used in conjunction with retinol or aha/bha (chemical exfoliants) based products, without a problem! This means that I just use it over my retinol or aha/bha serum but underneath my night cream (see the photos below!). My retinol serum is a gel while my aha/bha serum has a very thin fluid texture, so the extra layer, doesn’t make my skin feel overloaded or greasy at all. I think this is also the secret to Korean skincare (which is 12 steps – so they have mastered the art of layering!), using light textures and working each layer of skincare into the skin carefully. While I haven’t progressed to 12 steps, this extra step in my nightly routine isn’t as tiresome as I imagined it might be.
Above: I alternate between these two nightly routines (not mentioning makeup remover and cleanser) 🙂 The first sees me use my Futurederm Time Release Retinol 0.5% (including around my eyes), Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue Eye Treatment (I’ll be happy to use this guy up an move onto something new! The gel consistency just isn’t working for me), Nuxe’s Nuxellence Detox Anti-Aging Night Serum and Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Moisturiser (to seal it all in!).
Above: My second routine involves my beloved Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum (which now comes with a pump applicator instead of a pipette – yipee!), Tatcha’s Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream (a deluxe travel sized sample (I’m trying to use up a few eye cream samples that I have lying around, before deciding on a new night time eye cream), Nuxe’s Nuxellence Detox Anti-Aging Night Serum and Futurderm’s Anti-Aging Super Moisturizer 01 (I’m also trying to finish this guy up – you can see from the faded label that I’ve had this for agggges and I’m itching to try something new!).
Do I notice a difference in my skin in the mornings? Yes. I wouldn’t say my skin ‘glows’ with radiance, but it definitely looks more rested. When you are not a morning person and you struggle with your sleep, you need any bit of extra help you can get! Nuxe’s claim of making your skin look like it has had an extra two hours sleep, is oddly somewhat true with this product. It’s always that little bit more hydrated in the mornings and hence looks softer. I’m not sure how each plant extract or protein works in this product, but it’s a nice addition to my skincare routine. I’m also super impressed that it comes with a pump applicator and that you get 50ml of product even though this product is classed as a serum (serums usually come in 30ml bottles while night creams come in at about 50ml). This is the first Nuxe skin care product that I’ve tried (for the face) and I will happily test out other goodies from their range!
Ingredients: aqua/water, glycerin, butylene glycol, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, dicaprylyl carbonate, benzyl alcohol, nylon-12 fluorescent brightener 230 salt, parfum/fragrance, capryloyl glycine, lauroyl lysine, tocopherol, citric acid, sodium stearoyl glutamate, dimethicone crosspolymer, sodium hyaluronate, sodium hydroxide, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, allantoin, alpinia galanga leaf extract, pentylene glycol, polysorbate 60, sorbitan isostearate, tetrasodium edta, theobroma cacao (cocoa) callus powder , lepidium meyenii root extract, ascorbyl glucoside, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, zinc pca, dehydroacetic acid, passiflora incarnata extract, papaver rhoeas petal extract, geranylgeranylisopropanol, polyvinylalcohol crosspolymer, mica, anchusa arvensis extract, ci 77491/iron oxides, ascorbic acid, araucaria angustifolia seed extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, xanthan gum, geraniol, alpha-isomethyl ionone [n2401/c].
Priceline carries Nuxe in Australia now, but they don’t have the full range of products (from what I can see online) but you can find the Nuxellence Detox Anti-Aging Night Serum at Adore Beauty for $65 AUD (free postage is included!).
Have you tried any products from Nuxe’s line? Are you expanding your skin care routine and trying to fit in as many products as you can (a la the Korean skin care philospohy)? Let me know in the comments below!
Catch ya next time,
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