A product called Nanoblur by the company Indeed Labs makes some pretty tall claims: look 10 years or more
younger in 40 seconds or less
. For just $19?
Indeed Labs gives credit to nano-prisms for erasing the signs of aging and the look of lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagginess, and enlarged pores. This “advanced optical treatment” is essentially a trick on the eyes; the logic of creams like these is that billions of light-refracting nano-prisms come together on the skin and bounce natural light into wrinkles, minimizing the shadow effect that wrinkles cause and creating an illusion of flawless skin.
Copley and Marta have explored the science behind nanotechnology
before. It first made its debut 40 years ago, but these days cosmetics makers are dealing with particles 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It is believed that the smaller particles are more readily absorbed into the skin so they can repair damage more effectively. The major concern, however, is that these tiny particles could also infiltrate the blood stream or the lungs, with a toxic effect.
Indeed Labs doesn't offer many details on the science involved in making Nanoblur work. I did notice that their list of ingredients is heavy on silicones such as dimethicone
, which I'm assuming exist in the form of nano-prisms as they are generally known to fill in lines and give a 'plump' look.
Unfortunately, this raises some questions in regards to small particles and their possible infiltration into the skin, especially since silica in the body is a toxic, carcinogenic substance. If the silicone
molecules are too large to enter the surface of the skin as is the case with cyclopentasiloxane (in vitro tests show that less than 2% penetrates the skin), there isn't much to fear. But, if these nano-prisms are made to be smaller than that, it may be cause for concern. I've contacted the company to ask about the size of their particles, but have yet to hear back about their specific size.
Here's what they did say: "Nanoblur is composed of thousands of nanoprisms. When the cream is applied onto your skin, the nanoprisms fill in the lines and wrinkles on your face. However, Nanoblur is strictly topical thus when removed from your face, you will experience no long term effects. When the light reflects off your face, the nanoprisms create the illusion that your lines and wrinkles are diminished leaving you with an instant gratification."
The product also has buffering and neutralizing ingredients such as adipic acid, which is impervious to humidity, and emulsifer and surfactants such as polysorbate 80
. I was surprised to see no peptides here, but that may be the determining factor in it's low price.
Several bloggers have tested the Nanoblur, and it seems like it can be hit or miss depending on the foundation you apply over it. You can take a look at one blogger's discovery of this here
. While it didn't work with some foundations, her daily foundation was compatible, and surprisingly her skin does look pretty great after using it.
I'll reserve further judgment until we get our hands on the product itself.
Water / Aqua / Eau, Adipic acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, VP/VA Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isohexadecane, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.