How to Choose Your Best-Fit Beauty Brand
At Jersey Beauty Company we are passionate about skin care. We want you to get the right skin care regime for your unique skin. That’s why we stock a LOT of products! We know that your skin is unique, so your skin concerns and how you treat your skin should be unique too.
At JBC we want to give you as much choice as possible of quality skin care products, that we understand. But when that means around 400 products from roughly 12 brands - that can be a bit overwhelming! It can be easy to find yourself scrolling through the lists and not knowing where to begin!
That’s why we the other thing we are passionate about at JBC is skin education! Understanding your skin is the best place to start when choosing skin care products.
What Is Skin Health?
Your skin is an organ. It’s pretty complex and we only get to see the very top layer of it on the outside! Like any other organ we want our skin to be healthy. We don’t want to be sold the idea of healthy skin, we actually want healthy skin. At JBC we embrace the uniqueness of our skin, especially in the ageing process. We know that wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of the ageing process. But we also know they can be a sign that our skin health isn’t as good as it could be. We also know that our skin can become sensitised when it isn’t at its healthiest.
Skin education focuses on skin health, rather than just skin appearance. We are more interested in the why than the what - why does my skin look reddened? Why does my skin react to certain products? When we look at the deeper issues we can truly have healthy, happy skin.
Six Steps To Skin Care
A really great place to begin when it comes to understanding how you can care for your skin is the six steps to skin care. That doesn’t mean you will need six products necessarily. So what are the six steps?
- Cleanse - this is step one - cleanse your skin. Did you know the average person only spends 20 seconds cleansing their skin?! Skimping on time cleansing will lead to issues in the long run, like breakouts and generally dull and problematic skin.
- Cleanse (again) - hang on, is that a typo? You just said cleanse! Nope, at JBC, we are massive fans of the double cleanse. The first cleanse takes off the residue of makeup, environmental dirt etc and the second cleanse gets that bit deeper and helps the skin to renew.
- Tone - once you’ve done the double cleanse, your toner helps to restore the pH balance of the skin and also calms and soothes sensitised skin. It also makes your skin ready to take in the goodness in the next step.
- Moisturise - get the right moisturiser for your unique skin - but whatever you do don’t skip this step! Your skin needs the active ingredients in moisturisers to rebuild, repair and renew itself.
The first four steps should be completed every morning and evening. It’s not enough to just do one or the other. Your skin is most active in repairing itself at night so give it the help it needs! And in the morning your skin needs cleansing and all that goodness adding to be able to face the day ahead!
- Exfoliate - depending on the product you choose this might be a daily step or a twice weekly step. Exfoliation is key to promoting cell turnover and keeping skin healthy. Sometimes we can mistakenly avoid exfoliation when our skin is sensitised but this will not necessarily make things worse and actually can help! It comes back to understanding your skin and why it is reacting and then choosing the right products for your skin.
- Boost - the final step again might be a daily thing for a short period, with the use of a booster or serum for a specific skin concern, or a twice weekly treat with a masque. Boosting the skin is about giving your skin a helping hand with a specific concern.
So that’s a great start. We understand the six steps to skin care. But how do we begin to choose the right products for each step? We break down three popular brands we stock and give you a bit of an insight into some great products that might work for your skin.
We love Dermalogica because they love skin education as much as us! In fact they are so passionate about the fact that your skin is unique, they came up with a unique tool to look at every area of your skin to identify the unique concerns you might have.
That’s what they called this tool - face mapping. It kind of blows your mind as well to realise that just because one area of your skin is dry doesn’t mean your whole face is! Dermalogica separate your face into 14 zones to help you really understand how your skin is acting and find the right products to address that.
Our Top Tips For Dermalogica Products
If you’re new to Dermalogica we’d recommend checking out:
Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse - this is an oil based cleanser. That might seem weird at first - using an oil to cleanse your skin but it really works! Plus it smells amazing. It is worth pointing out though that it’s no good for people with a nut allergy!
Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution - this is a rich creamy cleanser which is ideal for that second step of the double cleanse, reaching in deep to get rid of impurities. It’s also great for sensitised skin.
Dermalogica Ultra-Calming Mist - we love this toner, which you can not only use as a part of your skin care routine morning and evening but is also great if your skin is feeling sensitised and needs some relief during the day, it is a handy mist spray.
Dermalogica Active Moist - this is a fab lightweight and oil free moisturiser. It’s great if you aren’t used to using a moisturiser twice daily and are worried about that heavy feeling on your skin because this won’t leave any residue behind.
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant - this is a great exfoliator that you can use daily or two or three times a week depending on your individual skin needs.
Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque - this is an amazing masque that pretty much covers it all! It purifies, brightens, calms, refines and revitalises your skin - all in the space of 10 minutes! It’s a great mid-week pick-me-up and a great Sunday night treat!
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster - this is one of Dermalogica’s boosters. You only need a couple of drops of this booster serum to get really active hydration and a real boost for your skin!
Another brand we love at JBC is Guinot, a French skincare brand that’s been around since the 1960s. Guinot’s ethos is professional skin care recommended by a professional, who has been trained in the products and the procedures. Every single Guinot product is packed with active ingredients. We picked out a few products to help you know where to start with Guinot.
Our Top Tips for Guinot Products
Guinot Hydra Lait Confort - this is a milky cleanser that’s fab for dry and sensitised skin. It helps to renew the oily layer on top of the skin and is gentle but really effective cleansing.
Guinot Lotion Hydra Confort - this is a creamy toner and is great if you want something a little more comforting on the skin than a mist.
Guinot Creme Fluid Hydrazone - this amazing moisturiser is great for rehydrating your skin and replenishing those natural oils and minerals, whilst feeling light and refreshing.
Guinot Mask Essential Nutrition Confort - this is one of our favourite Guinot products - this mask after ten minutes makes your skin look and feel like you’ve had a professional facial! It’s packed full of active ingredients and is a great treat or pick-me-up as part of your regular skin care routine.
Decleor are experts in aromatherapy skincare, using essential oils and healing botanicals to soothe and calm your skin. They are great for sensitised skin and are amazing for gifts too as they are super luxurious.
Our Top Tips for Decleor Products
Decleor's New Micellar Cleansing Oil - this cleanser contains a powerful formulation that stimulates microcirculation and leaves skin deeply cleansed. Unlike the cream cleansers this one works with tiny particles thay deeply cleanse your skin.
Decleor Fresh Matifying Lotion - this is a great toner if you have concerns with your skin appearing oily, as it contains mineral powders that mattify the skin without clogging the pores.
Decleor Daily Defense Fluid Shield SPF30 - this is a great example of a moisturiser with added SPF. As our skin is constantly under attack from UVA rays, even when it doesn’t seem that sunny (!) this is a great way to protect skin all day long.
Still Stuck For Your Skin?
We can’t cover all of the 400+ products on our website in one blog! We understand that you have unique concerns that affect your unique skin. That’s why we created the Skin Profile Tool, a quick tool that takes a couple of minutes and will help you identify your skin needs and suggest products to help you make a start on finding the perfect skin care routine for the happy, remarkable you!