Today's post is all about a lovely skincare range I stumbled upon at my local artisan market which comes to town every month. Now, I have to confess that I've become so fixated with the big skincare brands that I don't usually give smaller unknown ones a second thought, but in this case I'm glad I made the exception. I spent quite a while talking about the products to Julie who founded Juel following years of suffering from eczema and contact dermatitis. After trying many products over the years she developed her own range of skincare products using a team of experts for research and development. Juel uses only high quality raw materials and is particularly good for people with eczema and psoriasis (Julie tells me she has had very good feedback from her customers to testify to this). This really resonated with me as last winter I had a very bad flare up of eczema on my eyelids. It was the first time I'd suffered from it and was it almost certainly caused by stress. I tried various creams and gels but nothing would calm it, until I relented and got some steroid cream from the doctor – something I'd been trying to avoid as it thins the skin.
Anyway after trying all the products on the Juel stall several times I decided to buy the Facial Oil Elixir as a facial oil had been on my wish list for a while. I've been using it several times a week at night over the last couple of months and it really does make a difference to my skin – it feels and looks smoother, plumper and softer. One of the key ingredients is squalane (a more stable version of squalene) which has antibacterial properties, prevents UV damage and the formation of age spots, as well as promoting cell growth. Squalane also closely resembles sebum (the protective oil secreted by the skin) making it easy for the skin to absorb. There has been some controversy over the use of squalane in beauty products as it used to be extracted from the livers of endangered sharks, although most if not all companies now use botanical sources. Other skin-boosting oils included in this elixir are rosehip, which contains high levels of vitamins A, C and E, argan oil, and thistle oil, which is high in essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6. A few drops go a long way and the 30ml bottle at £14.99 is really good value for money considering how long it will last. The oil has quite a sweet smell but it isn't too overpowering.
When you discover a new range of skincare it's easy to get carried away with a great sales pitch and invest heavily only to regret it later and leave it all gathering dust and taking up precious space in the bathroom cabinet. We've all done it haven't we? For that reason I only bought one product but after testing the Intense Moisturiser and Anti-Aging Cream on the backs of my hands I was kicking myself later for not picking up one of those too. My hands have never felt so soft and I couldn't stop stroking them for the rest of the day.
As well as skincare Juel has the most amazing colognes and body lotions. I always think the word cologne sounds really old-fashioned and not very appealing but these smell every bit as good as another rather more famous range of colognes in my opinion. The lime & mandarin and peony & pomegranate are my favourites. I can't wait for the Christmas markets now so I can stock up!
You can find Juel Facial Oil Elixir and the rest of the range here.
Have you stumbled upon any beauty gems recently? I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Thanks for reading,