Whether it’s time for an at home spa day or you’re in need for serious TLC for your face, nügg is all about giving your face an array of options to keep it looking radiant! We took a moment to chat with Dr Conny Wittke, founder and creator of nügg to know more about why she created it and what makes it such a great item to have with you whether you’re at home or traveling.
ATHLEISURE MAG: What sets nügg Beauty apart from other beauty brands that focus on the face?
DR CONNY WITTKE: nügg is all about providing prestige quality skin care at affordable price point and we work very hard to always live up to that promise. We use unique blends of natural oils and extracts and small, portion-size pod packaging for six (soon seven) different face masks so that you can easily tailor to your changing skin concerns, product waste through unused product is avoided and you can also easily multi-mask. Also, we manufacture with an innovative Natural Oil Dispersion Technology that uses physics instead of chemistry to blend oil and water which avoids the use of chemical emulsifiers that can impair your natural skin barrier function. That is great for healthy skin
and also gives a very unique skin feel. Last but not least, all our masks are formulated with >90% natural or naturally derived ingredients and without petrochemicals, parabens, synthetic fragrances and synthetic colors.
AM: What are your 3 must haves within the collection that we can use to combat winter dryness?
DR CW: Our hydrating face mask is fantastic to combat winter dryness, as well as our soothing face mask if your skin is also sensitive. Our deep cleansing mask is also great as it provides a very gentle, oil-based cleanse that cleanses and hydrates at the same time but doesn’t strip skin of moisture. Our skin RX pack for dry/dehydrated skin gives dry winter skin a boost in just 4 days with a very easy-to-follow 4-day face mask regime.
AM: What are your favorite key ingredients that are within the line and are there fragrances that could make their way into the line?
DR CW: Our face masks are formulated with high quality blends of natural oils and extracts and each blend is tailored to very specific skin care concerns and objectives so they are all great for different reasons. Also, the base for our masks is aloe juice as opposed to water which makes them even more soothing and nourishing. We do not use any synthetic fragrances in our products so any odor comes from the natural oils used in the mask. E.g. our revitalizing face mask has a very fresh, minty smell due to the peppermint oil that is used in the formulation to give skin radiance and a dewy glow.
My personal favorite is our soothing face mask that is loaded with soothing chamomile extract, shea butter and bisabolol and hydrates and calms
the skin at the same time.
AM: At what point did you decide to create this line as it’s not only a great idea but is so great to use when you’re traveling?
DR CW: Before starting my own venture, I was the CEO of Tweezerman for many years. During that time, I traveled A LOT all over the world.
During that time, I noticed a big void in the market for truly high quality face masks that are super easy to integrate into your skin care regime
and also extremely travel-friendly. That’s how the pod-style packaging was born and also the name nügg which is short for “nüggets of goodness for your skin.” It literally all happened during a flight from Shanghai to New York after a whirlwind trip that left both me and my skin quite exhausted.
AM: Have their been celebrities that you know of that enjoy using it?
DR CW: We know that Whitney Port enjoys our face masks and are very proud of that!
AM: What products will be released in 2016?
DR CW: Yes, 2016 is full of innovation for us. Inventing fantastic new products is our favorite thing and in early 2016 we will expand into additional mask categories. With a de-stress face mask we are also launching an additional face mask “flavor” that is very timely to help the skin fight off the impact of stress and environmental damage.
AM: How do you juggle your time between business and friends/family?
DR CW: Honestly, that is probably the biggest challenge of an entrepreneur as there is always too much to do and you “live and breathe” the business always and everywhere. However, our office is just 5 minutes from our home and that gives me the flexibility to go back and forth easily and also the ability to spend time with my wonderful two children. I started the business together with my husband and one of us is always home when the children come off the school bus and we try to have dinner together as often as we can.
AM: How do you achieve balance and stay connected/present?
DR CW: I’m really lucky that I truly and thoroughly love what I do so that gives me a good base… I also try to walk whenever and wherever I can instead of driving, I eat (reasonably) healthy and when I get unbalanced I swim which is extremely good for me both physically and mentally. For vacation, we love to hike in the mountains or do paddle boarding and swimming in lakes upstate which is fantastic for achieving balance and being very connected to nature and the present.