Nude Facial Scrub ($52), unlike its sister product Moisture Balance, has claimed a distinguished spot in my skincare repertoire.  Everything about this scrub, from the fluffy mixture resembling milky porridge to the square-edged rubberized tub, has won me over.

While Moisture Balance is only suited for oily complexions, Nude's Facial Scrub is compatible with all skin types.  Even sensitive skin won't find it too harsh or drying.  The scrub's unique mixture of ingredients somehow both exfoliates and softens the skin.

Kaolin clay, the most dominant ingredient aside from water, serves as both a deep cleanser and an oil absorber. Ultra-fine rose quartz beads gently buff away impurities, while oat protein soothes.  Manketti, a highly emollient oil obtained from the nuts of a South African tree, nourishes the fresh layer of skin and is believed to protect it from harsh winds and sun.  The formula is topped off by juazeiro, extracted from the bark of a Brazilian tree, which delivers natural antibiotic and healing properties.  It is also supposed to function as a foaming agent, though I didn't notice any suds when I used the scrub.

After I rinsed off the last remnants of the emulsion, my face was positively glowing.  There was no irritation or flaky skin, as is often the case with rougher scrubbing agents. After following up with a moisturizer, my pores could breathe, my skin felt fresh, and my entire complexion was even-toned.

The chic, recyclable jar that houses the facial scrub is an embodiment of Nude's mission.  Nude prides itself on reducing its carbon emissions and and utilizing organic ingredients whenever possible.  Its skincare products are free of synthetics, (notwithstanding a minimal percentage for preservative purposes) which the body identifies as foreign.  Rather, Nude seeks out biocompatible ingredients, which do not irritate the skin and are absorbed by the body naturally.

Over the three years that went into developing a line of skincare for the environmentally-conscious woman, Nude withheld from any testing on animals.  Instead, Nude resorted to humans.  Super-humans, to be precise.

Christy Turlington and Helena Christensen were both involved in the product development process, by sampling formulas and giving feedback.  Helena claims to be so in love with Nude products that she is practically eating them.  Christy gives an extra big thumbs-up to Nude's Facial Scrub.

Is it just us, or has anyone else noticed that supermodels from the 90's are resurfacing all over the beauty world map?  From Cindy Crawford's launch of "Meaningful Beauty" to Heidi Klum's endorsement of "In An Instant" system (both with Guthy-Renker), the girls are back, and more powerful than ever.

By the way, Christy Turlington doesn't just test cosmetics.  She creates them herself, as one of the driving forces behind an Ayurveda-inspired skincare range called Sundari.  Stay tuned for more coverage of this topic in the future.

Ingredients in Nude's Facial Scrub:

Water, Kaolin (Clay), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut And Palm Kernel), Glyceryl Stearate Se (Palm, Rapeseed And Sunflower), Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut And Palm Kernel), Rose Quartz, Glycerin (Plant Sources), Zizyphus Joazeiro Bark Extract, Ricinodendron Rautanenii Oil (Manketti), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sclerotium Gum (Fermented Sugar), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Fragrance, Galactaric Acid (Apple Pectin), Tocopheryl Acetate (Soybean), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Arginine (Plant Sources), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Limonene (Essential Oil), Geraniol (Essential Oil), Linalool (Essential Oil). *Certified Organic