Retinol cream from Luzernlabs
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A new benchmark for clean skincare by combining safe organic ingredients, cosmeceutical actives and sustainable practices

Clean luxury beauty redefined

Luzern is a stellar skincare brand that has been on my radar for a long time. I always knew the products would be luxe and ultra-effective, but after having tested some from the NUIT range, I can report that I’m in love with Luzern’s clean skincare products.

Luzern pioneered luxurious and clean skincare already in 1999, transforming the world of beauty forever. Super-charged with a combination of cosmeceutical-grade actives and proven high-altitude organics – the most effective organic ingredients in the world – blended to perfection, the luxurious products generate pharmaceutical results in pure, safe and toxic-free formulas. Still at the forefront of clean beauty innovation, Luzern formulates products without toxins, irritants and unnecessary additives and delivers exceptionally high levels of beneficial active ingredients. The entire range is based on extraordinary clean natural ingredients and advanced formulations that deliver powerful results.

There are multiple guiding principles used in the development of all Luzern clean skincare products that set them apart from traditional natural skincare companies:

Bio-Suisse certified organic actives: Located in the pristine Swiss canton of Valais, small agricultural co-operatives are engaged in the organic cultivation of precious alpine plants. Luzern’s Bio-Suisse actives are derived from these organically grown plants that have adapted to survive at high altitudes in the Valais region of the Alps where conditions are harsh. These plants must withstand cold, wind and intense sunlight. This results in a unique intensity and an exceptionally high potency of actives, making them more potent than comparable ingredients grown and harvested at lower altitudes. Low-temperature vacuum distillation is used to protect the sensitive materials and standardised in polyphenol and antioxidant content to ensure the anti-ageing efficacy of every Luzern product.

Powered by cosmeceutical actives: Luzern’s ingredients are carefully selected for their ability to safely and effectively transform the condition of skin. These powerful actives work to expertly repair, detoxify, hydrate and balance skin. Examples of age-defying actives used are Fermentation, Plant Stem Cells, Polyphenols and Antioxidants, Probiotics, AHA and Salicylic Acid, plus Natural Moisture Factors.

Clean, toxic-free skincare: One of the primary reasons Luzern’s products deliver such excellent results is the effort they take to eliminate damaging chemicals. The products are free from irritating and toxic additives that can trigger skin inflammation, cause skin damage and even accelerate the visible signs of ageing. Luzern’s products are formulated without Parabens, Phthalates, Benzoyl Peroxide, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol/PEGs, TEA/DEA/MEA, Mineral Oils/Petrolatum/Denatured Alcohol, Synthetic Colours, Dyes and Fragrances, Formaldehyde/Formaldehyde Releasing Ingredients, Triclosan, Hydroquinone and Chemical Sunscreens.

Luzernlabs NUIT retinol neck cream

Small batch-formulated and cold processed: Luzern products are crafted in small batches, at low temperatures, to keep potency in and toxins out. The process minimises heat damage to vital actives and ensures that every ingredient is fresh, pure and at its optimal potency. The actives are sourced from Switzerland, whilst the cold processing, blending and bottling are done in the United States.

Swiss Alpine water-processed: Rich in Alpine minerals, pure Swiss Alpine water is used in Luzern’s products to hydrate and soothe skin. The water comes from the heart of the Valais Alps, in magnificent surroundings of untouched snowy mountains and glaciers that sit at an altitude of more than 4,000 metres. During its journey, the water is naturally filtered and enriched with minerals and trace elements as it seeps slowly through layers of rock and stone hundreds of metres deep. Rich in vital minerals and untouched by humans, the pure water is collected and used in the low-temperature extraction process of the Bio-Suisse organic extracts. The final result is a high-potency cocktail of natural, bioactive nutrients in a base of Swiss Alpine water.

No toxic preservatives: Luzern carefully calibrates the preservative system in each formula using a variety of non-toxic ingredients that provide protection against contamination. They contain none of the biocides and fungicides used in most skincare products. All preservative ingredients are approved by ECOCERT, the international organic inspection and certification body, NATRUE and the Soil Association, and adhere to COSMOS standards.

Luzern first and foremost is a cosmeceutical company that formulates both clean and results-driven skincare. With Luzern, consumers no longer have to choose between safety and results.

As much as I adore Retinol, and have used it with great results on my face, I have not had any success with my neck, probably because I have used too high a concentration of retinol that caused the thin skin on the neck to become worse. That was until I tried the Retinol Neck & Décolleté Crème, part of Luzern’s NUIT collection.

The neck and the décolleté will typically show signs of ageing before the face, because the skin there has fewer oil glands, less elastin and thinner skin tissue than our faces. Hence, this powerful night-time treatment is designed specifically for the delicate skin on the neck and décolleté to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and discolouration whilst sleeping.

What makes this particular retinol product so exciting is that Luzern brilliantly (as always) blended a moderate percentage of retinol, enough to have a real effect without aggravating skin, with a host of heavy hitters such as Swiss Alpine extracts and Peptides.

It makes some serious claims:

  • Deeply hydrates and restores enzyme activity;
  • Skin instantly feels smoother and firmer;
  • Reduces the appearance of thin skin, lines, criss-cross wrinkles and deep creases;
  • Minimises hyperpigmentation.

It lives up to all the claims and more, and I have seen wonderful results. It is everything I could possibly wish for in terms of night-time skin renewal, all wrapped up in a rich, velvety texture that works beautifully on the neck and chest area.

Just a tiny dollop feels significant enough to hydrate and repair the skin. I can visibly tell the difference in my neck wrinkles: lines and wrinkles are softened. Skin looks firmer, nourished and healthier.

Key ingredients include:

  • Proprietary blend ALPPURE white: Combines seven Swiss Alpine organic extracts and Vitamin C to decrease the appearance of age spots and visibly even skin tone.
  • Proprietary blend ALPPURE firm: Combines orange stem cells, Hexapeptide-10 and Pullulan to work together to promote skin elasticity and help keep the inner structure of the skin better organised to improve density and elasticity.
  • Retinol (0.15%): Helps restore firmness and boost nightly wrinkle repair by assisting in skin cell regeneration and building collagen to support the beauty of the skin.
  • Polyose from oats: Designed to perfectly fit the skin’s micro-relief to provide an immediately visible smoothing and lifting effect.
  • Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3: A peptide derived from a growth factor that boosts collagen type VII, laminin-5 and fibronectin to provide rapid reduction of wrinkles.
  • Ubiquinone (co-q10): Reduces collagen breakdown and minimises the depth of wrinkles.
  • Boerhavia Diffusa l: Acts on the initial mechanisms of pigmentation, reducing melanogenic activity, decreasing tone and skin spots evenly and uniformly.

Concerned about neck and chest areas? Luzern’s NUIT Retinol Neck and Décolleté Crème could very well become the Holy Grail of skincare products.

Having created some of the most advanced, results-driven pure products on the market, Luzern is really the gold standard in terms of luxuriously clean and effective beauty. It is a skincare company that I trust and love. For anyone looking to switch to natural beauty products without compromising purity for efficacy and luxury, Luzern is a great brand to start with.

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