Now it’s not really like us to do this, but we need to get serious for a minute. Because someone sent us an article the other day. It said in it that the ‘filler’ industry is now worth an estimated £3bn.
That made us really sad at Jersey Beauty Company.
That so many people are looking to supposed miracle quick fixes like Botox and dermal fillers to ‘get rid of wrinkles’.
To us that is a sign - that the beauty industry is a bit broken.
We believe that skin care is about celebrating and keeping healthy your unique remarkable skin, whatever your age. It should never be about shaming women. But, rather than educating us about how we can treat the underlying issues of fine lines and wrinkles that might be an indicator we need more hydration, collagen and elastin to strengthen our skin, some parts of the beauty industry have become too quick to encourage us to take a quick fix that actually can be damaging to our skin in the long term.
At Jersey Beauty Company, we know it is impossible to lose your beauty! Ageing skin should be celebrated as a part of the unique, remarkable you! But we also know that deepening wrinkles and fine lines are your skin’s way of saying it needs some help as you age. And we also shouldn’t ignore that message from our skin!
That’s why we love Mary Cohr – they are pharmaceutical, scientific and all about skin health. They have worked to find non-abrasive ways to keep your ageing skin healthy. Having conducted research into ageing skin, and the underlying causes of deepening wrinkles and lines, we love the results in Mary Cohr’s products.
We chat to Mary Cohr therapist Jodie all about Mary Cohr, what it can offer your unique skin, and where to start with Mary Cohr.
So, what is Mary Cohr?
Mary Cohr might be a new name to you, but Guinot may be more familiar. Well the two are sister companies. Based in Paris, Mary Cohr make products to pharmaceutical standards in their laboratories, which sets them apart from a lot of beauty brands. And that’s not the only thing that sets them apart – they were the first salon brand to ensure all their products were GMO-free, paraben-free, chemical filter-free, and made with skin-compatible scents.
Mary Cohr goes to the heart of nature to find the best possible ingredients for skin care.
All sounding good so far, isn’t it? And pretty much as far as you can get from the narrow part of the beauty industry who are encouraging quick fix solutions.
Now you might be sitting there thinking, yep, all this is great but how can Mary Cohr help me and my unique skin as it naturally ages? Well to start to answer that we probably need a bit of info from skin therapist Jodie about what causes those fine lines and wrinkles we all associate purely with ageing.
What causes fine lines and wrinkles?
It’s a bit of a million dollar question that. Well, ageing, right? Not quite. Well, yes, but not just ageing. As our skin ages we do develop fine lines and wrinkles but the reasons for them are vast. We need to understand a bit more than that to know how to treat our skin as it ages. We need to get a bit of the science behind things.
Skin therapist Jodie explains that any number of things actually cause fine lines and wrinkles to start appearing on our skin:
Environment – sun exposure, weather
What is causing the lines and wrinkles s far less interesting and important than the way those lines and wrinkles are formed. The science behind our skin is what we need to understand to know how to treat deepening lines and wrinkles. And we don’t want to go too deep into the science but a bit of an overview will help us see if Mary Cohr can help.
Loss of Collagen and Elastin
So, as you age, you naturally lose collagen and elastin. Why is that a problem? Well, collagen is the stuff that keeps your skin looking plump and elastin is the stuff that keeps your skin firm. So you can see, the combination of starting to lose both collagen and elastin from your skin is why fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear on your face.
Although it’s a natural process, we also lose additional collagen and elastin when our skin is:
Dehydrated – we sometimes mistake dry skin for dehydrated skin (lacking water). Trans-epidermal water loss (the process of the layers of your skin losing water when you sleep) can cause deepening lines and wrinkles
Exposed to the sun – there is a bit of a complicated scientific process, involving free radicals that we’ll save for another blog (!) but prolonged exposure to the sun causes us to lose collagen and elastin. This combined with the natural ageing process can mean we see deepening lines and wrinkles.
Cell Turnover Decreases
The other natural effect of ageing is that your cell turnover decreases. That means your body is slower at replacing cells. So when you lose collagen and elastin, as we have talked about already, it is a slower process for your body to replace those supplies. That’s when your skin may start to feel hollow and saggy. And just not as healthy as it should feel. That’s why we need a helping hand in our skin care.
Put simply, we need products that respond to the unique challenges our skin faces as it ages.
Enter Mary Cohr…
Knowing all that we asked skin therapist Jodie what Mary Cohr can do for fine lines and wrinkles. She introduced us to two amazing products – Mary Cohr New Youth Cream and Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. Now both of these have pretty impressive names. Do they live up to their names though?
Mary Cohr New Youth Cream
Described by Jodie as a “magic pot of wonder” we were really keen to know what was in this New Youth Cream that could help our ageing skin.
Well the good news is it’s not magic. It’s actually all science. Mary Cohr New Youth Cream works to boost the vital functions of cells and offsets the effects of hormone deficiencies. It is all about restoring the elasticity of your skin, and the collagen.
So what will it do for my skin?
Restore the elasticity
Condition the skin
Work to keep skin hydrated
It has a cellulite concentrate - 56 active ingredients to help maintain and restore collagen levels at the deeper layers of your skin
How does it feel?
You know what we’re like at JBC, we couldn’t resist trying some!
So, it smells amazing… it’s a pretty rich texture, definitely a cream. But it doesn’t go on sticky. It’s not greasy. It absorbs well into the skin so you are able to put makeup over the top easy enough.
The Popcorn Effect
We loved this description from skin therapist Jodie about how Mary Cohr New Youth Cream works like ‘popcorn’ under your skin.
“It works like popcorn. It really does. So it sits inside the little fine lines and wrinkles, it absorbs all the moisture that's in your skin already, and plumps out all your wrinkles. So there you go.”
That’s the effect of your deeper layers of skin rebuilding collagen levels – the popcorn effect!
Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream
The second product skin therapist Jodie introduced us to was Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. Now at a first glance you might be forgiven for thinking this was the same product as the first, even in a similar beautiful jar! Well that’s deliberate. Because there are links between the two.
The best way to differentiate is to think of Mary Cohr New Youth Cream as a regular version, and Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream as the supercharged booster version. If you are concerned that your skin has deepening lines and wrinkles, you might want to opt for this second cream. As we’ve already learnt, we need to rebuild collagen and elastin in the layers of our skin to combat deepening lines and wrinkles, so our skin can be truly healthy as we age.
So what this product does is go a bit deeper, give your skin more of a treat, work a bit harder to help your skin be healthy. The smoothing bit isn’t about reversing the ageing process – it’s about acknowledging that smoother skin is healthier skin.
How does Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream work?
Well, it has Gingko Biloba in it – yep, we love the name of that ingredient too! So what is Gingko Biloba? It’s herbal, from a tree that is between 200 million to 300 million years old. Mary Cohr thought if it had been able to survive the environment and pollution so long it might have something to help our skin to thrive too!
And it does. It works at neutralising the free radicals that are in the air. So all of those nasties, basically, that are in the air every day, when we step out the front door, that just tend to hit the skin. We can't help it. They're just in the air. What gingko balibo does is neutralise them so that, they're not as damaging to our skin.
Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream also has dermostimulines. Dermo-what now? Dermostimulines – they help to firm and tighten the skin. So that elasticity we talked about needing to give a helping hand to as we age, the dermostimulines help to really firm and tighten that skin, so again, it brings everything closer together, so it knits that collagen elastin synthesis. We are diminishing those fine lines as well. We're helping to protect the skin, because of course we've got that anti-free-radical protection there as well.
So when should I start using Mary Cohr products?
The simple answer from skin therapist Jodie is – NOW. You can never be too early or too late to start with these products. Depending on the unique needs your skin is facing right now, you can choose between the Mary Cohr New Youth Cream, that may be suitable in your twenties onwards, or the Mary Cohr Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, that may be more suited to mature skin.
Love The Skin You’re In
At Jersey Beauty Company, we exist to help you to be happy and healthy in the skin you’re in. To be the happy remarkable you! We love the ethos of Mary Cohr – to use science to understand your skin and the best way to treat the unique concerns your skin is facing. Rather than quick fixes, or being shamed for the way your skin might change as you age, at Jersey beauty Company, we embrace ageing as a natural part of life. And whatever your age, we know you can have have healthy, beautiful, happy skin, and a skin care regime that is designed for your unique skin.