Sunday, 18 December 2016

Jordan Samuel Skin - Simple but Effective Skincare...

Over this last year I have found a few new skincare brands that I have fallen head over heels for and this is one of them. Around September time I decided to take the plunge and purchase all 3 products in the JS range, he was having a fabulous sale on and I couldn’t resist! Even the shipping costs could not put me off!

I first heard about Jordan through reading Caroline Hirons blog and following Liz (lizalaskabeauty) on Instagram. His products really appealed to me, a 3 step skincare system designed to provide the skin with nutrients without being harsh or causing aggravation. This simplistic approach is refreshing to see within the beauty industry, and having heard nothing but rave reviews on all 3 of his products I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. 

His range consists of a cleanser, serum and facial oil. None of the products contain synthetic ingredients, fragrances or essential oils which is fantastic for sensitive to combination skin like mine. As you may have read in my previous posts my skin can be reactive to some essential oils so I do have to tread carefully!

If you don’t already follow Jordan on Youtube then you must! He is a delight to watch, extremely entertaining, friendly and full of excellent knowledge. His passion for skincare began when he was a dancer for the Northwest Pacific Ballet in Seattle. The harsh lights and makeup took a toll on his skin and he started realising the importance of a good skincare regime. He believes in a ‘less is more’ approach and that a non-complicated, consistent routine is where it’s at. Not everyone has the time to indulge in many steps each day, and his line is perfect for those that want to maintain excellent skin without the time commitment.

Before I go on to the reviews I would like to mention I have been using these products fairly consistently since purchasing them so I could give you a fair review. The serum has been in my routine every day and I am worried for when it runs out, which by the looks of the bottle will be soon! If asked I couldn’t pick which is my favourite! Anyway, let’s get onto the individual reviews of each:

Plie Treatment Cleanser 94ml - Around £19.22

First off, the thing that I immediately like about this is the packaging and the fact the product is contained within a tube. This avoids having to stick your fingers or spatula into a pot, which is much more hygienic and user friendly. Jordan advises to use this cleanser as a first step in your skincare routine, this explains where the name Plie came from as this is the first movement that dancers perform in preparation for their day.

The cleanser itself is a beautiful thick peachy coloured gel that melts into an oil upon contact with the skin, these kind of textures are huge favourites of mine as they usually rinse cleanly and this is no exception. It’s called a treatment cleanser as it’s designed to remove all traces of makeup whilst sugarcane, apple and willow bark extracts gently exfoliate the skin without actual grains or beads. The blend of ingredients which also include olive, jojoba and grapeseed oils are tailored to promote glowing radiant skin. I can confirm it certainly does this! My skin looks clean, fresh and calm after. 

The smell is unlike anything I have come across before in a cleanser, fruity, like a subtle mango/apple combination. So delicious! I get a lot of satisfaction massaging this into my dry skin and watching the day melt away! I like to go mad and use a big dollop; this seriously removes makeup very well without any irritation. I would use this on a daily basis for makeup removal alone, but I feel the cleanser is too nice for that. If I do use it that way then I like to use again as my 2nd cleanser or morning cleanser, so that my skin benefits from its ingredients. Normally I remove this with a hot cloth but it is worth noting this cleanser can be removed with water alone, just add a little water to emulsify and then rinse. This method leaves skin hydrated and soft without leaving any residue. Perfect!

To conclude I really have nothing bad to say about this cleanser, it’s simple and effective at what it’s designed to do which is remove makeup and grime without irritating the skin. From a price point it appeals to all and I will be repurchasing in the New Year for sure, it’s the perfect travel companion due to the packaging and it’s fantastic to use in both steps of the cleansing process as it saves me taking more products than I need.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycerin, Water, Sucrose Laurate, Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Rhizome/Root Extract, Anthemis Noblis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Citrus Fruit Extract Blend, Simmodsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylhyroxamic Acid, Capryl Glycol

Hydrate Serum 30ml – Around £35.23

Next up is Jordan’s hyaluronic acid based serum, this is designed to drench your skin with moisture without clogging pores or causing irritation for sensitive/acne prone skins. It contains botanicals and humectants to hydrate deeply and keep the water locked in, stabilized vitamin c, hexapeptides combined with cucumber, tamarind and passion flower extracts aim to give you dewy, healthy skin. I believe it really does this and more.

Following a recent facial, I was advised that I do not need heavy serums and moisturisers as my skin is dehydrated but easily congested so I need to stick with simple, effective skincare. This is why Jordan’s line is perfect for me! This serum has been the perfect choice for my skin and I have been using it consistently on a daily basis. I’m almost near the end of the bottle, I bought this just over 2 months ago, so I reckon with regular use you could get around 3-4 months out of it.

Now let’s start with the texture of this, it’s a clear, gloopy sticky almost gel like consistency which feels so refreshing when applied to the skin. It spreads very easily (almost like applying water) and instantly feels soothing and provides an instant moisture hit! I use about 3 drops every morning after cleansing but before applying my moisturiser or oil. Straight away the skin feels plump and although it feels sticky/tacky upon application it soon dries down very quickly leaving a soft matte texture.

It is perfect for layering and I have never had a problem with using this under any other products. In fact, I feel it has really made a difference in the way in which other products work and boosts their effectiveness. I like that it doesn’t matter what type of skin day I am having I know it will always work for me and I can incorporate it easily into any routine. I will continue to purchase because up until now I had never found a serum which I love more!

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice *Organic, Vegetable Glycerin *Organic, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Xanthan gum, Gluconolactone , Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion flower) Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-51 Amide, Sodium Benzoate, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract *Organic

EtOILe Facial Oil – 30ml Around £42.44

This oil really completes the collection and stands out against many other oils on the market due to the wonderful well thought out ingredients and the exclusion of essential oils. Making it perfect for all skins. EtOILe is packed with multivitamins and antioxidants to really bring out the radiance in your skin, making you glow with a look of healthiness. It contains a high concentration of cranberry oil which is hugely beneficial for your skin and really is the star of the show in this oil! In fact, it’s the only oil to contain a 1:1 ratio of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, as well as all 8 vitamin e groups! Further to that Argan and Marula oils are paired with vitamin c ester (which is the cream colour in the bottom of the bottle – just shake to incorporate!) and CoQ10 proving you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Facial oils are one of my favourite skincare products to use and this in particular has quickly become one of the staples in my routine. It has a lightweight silky texture that really packs a punch when it comes to hydration! I like to use around 3 drops patted over my moisturiser or if I am using in place of a moisturiser then usually 7-8 drops. I find it really balances my skin and leaves it looking ‘better’, if used overnight my skin wakes up calm and glowing! Like the serum, it’s become a real trusted product that I know I can turn to whatever state my skin may be in. Like a trusted friend you can turn to in times of need :)

As it stands I am currently trialling this oil in place of my moisturiser to see how it handles the cold weather here in the UK, and to see if it can fight off the dehydrating effects of central heating! So far so good I have to say! Despite having to increase the amount I use it absorbs very well and leaves skin nicely prepped for makeup. Although there isn’t much of a scent which I usually enjoy when it comes to oils, there is something hugely appealing about that. I do not feel a scent is necessary when you can feel your skin literally drinking in the nutrients and thanking you for it!

Punus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil *Organic, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Argania spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Marula) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil *Organic, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil (Rosehip) Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil *Organic, Ubiquinone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Squalane

So all I have left to say is well done Jordan, the results of your skincare line speak for themselves and I urge anyone with any skin type to trial these products! There is no faff or fake promises with these, they simple do what they say there are going to do.

You can purchase this line through Jordan's website only. He does not use stockists, this is to keep costs lower so he only sells directly to the consumer -

Have you tried Jordan’s line and if so what is your favourite product?