Looking for a back to basics skincare brand, but would like to avoid harsh synthetic ingredients? Finding a skincare range that you can rely on can be difficult especially when you’re looking for less irritating formulations. This is exactly what brands like NxN Skincare are designed for. Their products are formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colorants and more. Plus, with a range for almost every skin type, the brand is ideal for those with a variety of skin concerns to tackle. So, today we’re diving into the brand to tell you a little bit more about their brand, formulas and ranges available so you can find the products that are right for you. So without further adieu, let’s get started!
About the Brand
NxN is an affordable skincare brand that is focused around creating quality products that are free of some of the most common chemical irritants in skin care. This includes, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colorants, mineral oil, petrolatum, common allergens, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, chemical sunscreen filters, aluminum, triclosan, talc, toluene and gluten. Additionally, the brand is also certified cruelty free, dermatologist tested and made in the U.S. You can currently find NxN Skincare on their website as well as through online retailers like Amazon.
NxN Skincare offers a skincare line for almost every skin type, which makes it easy for you to find the products that are designed to work best with your particular skin concerns. They currently have more than 5 different skincare lines including the Acne Edit System, the 4-Piece Total Moisture System, the 4-Piece Zero Shine System, the Dry/Sensitive System and the Oily/Combination System. Each of these sets contains around 3-4 products, including a cleanser, moisturizer and 1-2 treatment products. The idea with these systems is to form a consistent, straightforward, inclusive skincare routine that takes care of every aspect and makes it easy to stick to your skincare routine long-term.
Looking at some of these systems a little more closely, each set aims to tackle a specific set of skin concerns. For example, their Acne Edit System contains 4 products that are designed to work together to help heal blemishes, as well as prevent new ones from forming. The Acne Edit System tackles the problem with 10 different acne fighters. This includes a probiotic bacteria complex to rebalance the skin biome and defend your skin against acne causing bacteria, multiple fruit acids to gently exfoliate and smooth the skin, and ingredients like wild rose berry and green tea to minimize pores, clarify the skin and calm irritated areas. Additionally,m this range also contains naturally occurring retinoids, ginger and licorice extracts, salicylic acid, sulfur and many other powerful anti-acne ingredients.
Sometimes, what is left out of the formula is just as important as what’s in it. NxN Skincare Systems take this idea to heart, and currently have a list of 16 ingredients that are left out of their products completely. But what about these products makes them potential irritants?
Starting off with some of the most irritating or unnecessary ingredients that they’ve banned the use of include harsh sulfates, artificial colorants and phthalates. More and more companies are starting to phase out the use of harsh sulfates, especially in their face cleansers. As more research has been done on sulfates and the skin barrier, we’ve seen that contrary to popular belief, using traditional soaps and sudsing agents can do more harm than good. While you may love that squeaky clean feeling that follows after using one of these cleansers, it’s possible that you could be damaging your skin barrier. These sulfates tend to strip the skin of natural oils, which can lead to dryness, breakouts and irritation. In addition to harsh sulfates though, NxN Skincare has also banned phthalates and artificial colorants. Artificial colorants won’t actually cause irritation for most skin types, but don’t serve any actual purpose or benefit other than adding additional color to the product itself. Phthalates on the other hand have actually been found to act as hormone disruptors, which can mess with the regular processes that your body performs on a daily basis.
Looking past this set of more universal irritants, NxN has also eliminated a set of ingredients that have been found to be sensitizing to some. Not all of these ingredients are bad for the body or the skin, but for some, they can be irritating, sensitizing or pore-clogging. This group includes ingredients like artificial colorants, common allergens, chemical sunscreens, talc and gluten. As is the case with all skin care, your experience with a product will vary considerably depending on your skin. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. But what is great about brands like NxN is that they’ve taken out a lot of the guesswork. Those with sensitive skin are probably very familiar with the frustration that comes with trying new skincare and having it cause breakouts, redness or general irritation. Because NxN keeps so many of these common irritants out, those with sensitive skin will probably have more luck with these types of brands. With that said, unfortunately almost all of the NxN skincare products include fragrance, which is one of the most universally irritating in skincare. The good news is that NxN is incredibly transparent with their fragrance formulations. Oftentimes you’ll find that a brand will include fragrance as an ingredient, but will provide zero information on what that fragrance is comprised of. NxN on the other hand does list the essential oils that make up each fragrance. For example, their Acne Edit Cleanser contains Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Rosemary, so if you know that you’re sensitive to any of these essential oils, this may not be the best choice for you.
Since most of these products are sold as sets for specific skin types, you won’t find very many reviews for individual products. But when it comes to the specific sets, there are some real results that you can check out on their website. Several sets feature before and after pictures from users that have used the product for around 10 days. In these images, there is a marked difference in the condition of the user’s skin, whether that is increased radiance, less noticeable wrinkles or fewer blemishes. That being said, when it comes to actually written reviews, there isn’t much to go off of. Hopefully, we’ll see more reviews for this brand in the future. But we’d love to hear from you! Have you had a chance to try NxN Skincare Sets? Let us know in the comments below!