I have said it before and I will say it again: nobody does skincare better than Mother Nature. Everything you need to fight the devastating effects of the pollutants, irritants and ultraviolet radiation that attack your skin on a daily basis comes directly from the earth or the sea. This is why it is so important to choose skincare products with nourishing natural ingredients that benefit your skin from the inside out.
XB, a new Italian skincare brand, has recently attracted my attention because it shares my same belief in nature’s beneficial powers. The brand prouds itself on using only the purest of essential oils and vitamins, which are well-known for their ability to moisturize skin, prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles and bestowing a subtle glow upon the complexion.
XB launched with a small collection of products, which includes Anti-Ageing Face Cream, Moisturizing Face Cream and Body Cream. I will start with the Anti-Ageing Face Cream because it is my favourite product from this line. The cream contains a bunch of natural oils, including sunflower, avocado and sweet almond oils, that are rich in moisturizing linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), a semi-essential fat that has soothing, emollient and antioxidant properties. Your body natural produces it, but its levels decrease as you age, which is why it’s essential to supplement its loss with a nourishing moisturizer rich in GLA.
Despite its high oil content, the cream has a lightweight and luxurious texture that sinks quickly into the skin without clogging pores. I find it to be fairly hydrating but it is its anti-aging properties that have truly impressed me. After application, my skin is smoother and suppler, which makes my fine lines appear smaller. With regular use, I’ve also noticed that my skin is slowly becoming a little firmer than it was before, which helps to give my face a younger-looking appearance.
XB Moisturizing Face Cream has a similar, lightweight texture as the Anti-Ageing Cream. This is because they use a lot of the same ingredients – but that doesn’t mean they are the same cream! XB Moisturizing Face Cream is further enriched with moisturizing argan oil, hydrating sodium hyaluronate and anti-aging vitamin E.
Argan oil is one of my favourite oils because it has a very lightweight texture, yet it is incredibly moisturizing. It works by creating a barrier on the skin that seals moisture in, helping your skin retain all the water it needs to stay supple and glow. On top of it, argan oil is non-comedogenic, so absolutely everyone can use it.
Its moisturizing properties are enhanced by hyaluronic acid, an humectant that draws water from the environment into the skin and binds it there. Hyaluronic acid is so powerful, it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water! Finally, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that fights the free radicals that cause the premature appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.
Thanks to this powerful cocktail of oils, vitamins and humectants, the cream doesn’t just moisturize my skin, giving it a softer and smoother appearance, but also helps prevent the unappealing symptoms of aging. While it can definitely be used all year round, I find it to be particularly beneficial in the cold winter months to restore dry skin back to health.
I am a big believer that nourishing your body is just as important as nourishing your face, which is why I was thrilled to discover the brand has included a body cream in its offering. XB Body Cream is made with rosehip oil, a natural source of retinol, a form of vitamin A that boosts collagen production, fights free radicals and helps treat the loss of tone and unsightly appearance of stretch marks. On top of it, rosehip oil has moisturizing and soothing properties that keep skin soft while calming down irritations.
Like this weren’t enough, the body cream also contains ascorbic acid, a form of vitamin C that’s known for brightening the skin tone, preventing wrinkles and boosting the production of skin-firming collagen. In short, this cream is an anti-aging powerhouse for your body! Its lightweight texture sinks quickly into my skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind that would stick to my clothes. Instead, it’s immediately absorbed and keeps the skin of my body soft and smooth from morning till evening.
I am thoroughly impressed by XB skincare range and can’t wait to see how the brand will expand its offerings in the future.
Summary: XB Anti-aging Cream, Moisturizing Face Cream and Body Cream have lightweight textures that sink quickly into the skin, leaving it softer and brighter and preventing the premature appearance of wrinkles.
Claims: XB Creme are born out of love for nature and are formulated with the purest of essential oils, together with vitamins and active ingredients to gently benefit the skin.
Anti-ageing Face Cream Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-3, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Malic Acid, Boswellia Serrata Resin Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Squalane, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Parfum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate.
Moisturizing Face Cream Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-3, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Acetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Crataegus Oxyacantha Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Santalum Album Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Dehydroacetate.
XB Body Cream Ingredients: Aqua, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Glyceryl Stearate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, Lycopene, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Acetate, Squalane, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract, Citrus Reticulata Leaf Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Parfum, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Where to buy: http://www.xbcreme.it/