At long last, I am sharing my review of the Paul & Joe Skincare line with you all. I say at long last because I’ve been using it since winter 2016, after meeting up with the Paul & Joe team. While I had intended to write about it long before now, life got in the way and now I’m onto my first and second repurchase of some of these products!
Paul & Joe are well established in the fashion industry and I’ve used plenty products from their makeup range too which is inspired by the current seasons trends however this was my first time delving into their skincare line. The packaging looked simple and clean but pretty and as with everything that this brand produces, A LOT of thought has gone into each and every product. Nothing is slap dash which I love about Paul & Joe, there’s not a hugely extensive product line because each item takes so long to design, create and develop.
This skincare collection, inspired by the blue skies and olive trees of Italy, is designed to revive tired and dull skin which mine definitely has been over the last couple of years; its feeling exhausted! The capsule skincare collection consists of a Cleansing Cream, Facial Oil, Herbal Lotion and Facial Cotton pads, all of which harness the powerful benefits of olive oil, along with powerful formulas packed full of ingredients such as polyphenol, oleic acid, and vitamin E.
A morning and evening skincare routine from Paul & Joe begins with the Cleansing Cream (also available here) which effortlessly removes all traces of make-up, dirt and impurities leaving my skin clean and feeling soft and smooth. Formulated with olive oil, this cleansing cream is rich in consistency and has a super soft, velvety texture that is a delight to apply. I’m a firm believer that taking care of your skin is like an act of self care and massaging something like this into the skin feels so indulgent!
Whether I’m wearing a really light base or a much heavier foundation, it is able to remove it. Waterproof mascara isn’t a problem with this cleanser either; perhaps the olive oil within the formula helps to break down the products. Either way, my skin is left feeling clean, soft and hydrated.
A little goes a long way with this cleanser. I use about a 10pence piece amount and massage it quickly between my fingers before applying it to my face and neck in circular motions before rubbing it off with a warm, damp face cloth. I like to double cleanse at night if I’ve been wearing heavy makeup through the day so sometimes I’ll use a micellar water first (I’m currently using one from Matis) and other times I’ll just use the Cleansing Cream twice.
While the pot it comes in isn’t ideal when my nails are long, there’s a little spatula that comes with it which makes scooping the product out much less messy and keeps it more hygienic.
After cleansing, the next step in the routine that the brand recommends is to apply a small amount of Paul & Joe Beaute The Oil onto a cotton pad and sweep it over the skin in upwards motions. This product helps to promote skin repair and restoration by encouraging a healthy turnover cycle for a soft, firm and lustrous complexion.
It is absolutely STUNNING and quite unusual to find a product that works in this way but in an oil formula, I find. Please don’t get me wrong though, it doesn’t feel heavy, oily or greasy at all and it doesn’t clog the skin or sit on it.
The Oil is made up of a blend of plant-derived oils which include the ancient olive tree olive oil and olive squalene, which penetrates every cell of the outer layer of the skin, making it ultra nourishing. It helps the product to reinforce the cellular lipids that enhance the skin’s ability to retain moisture. It is also infused with antioxidants to help maintain the balance of the skin and provide essential moisture.
This is very much one of those have to try it to believe it products. Everything from the texture to the impact it has on the skin is beautiful!
It felt a little strange at first applying this to the skin after an oil but man alive, it works so well. The Herbal Lotion gives the skin a replenishing boost of moisture and leaves it feeling and looking hydrated, nourished and incredibly smooth.
The ingredients in the Herbal Lotion are plant derived and infused with olive oil, olive leaf essence, lemon fruit extract and organic fennel essence, all of which help to regenerate the skin cells and repair UV-induced damage to the skin. I love the way that my skin looks radiant after using this and it gives my complexion a beautiful natural glow.
The cotton pads that I talk about using are the Paul & Joe Facial Cotton Pads (also available here) which work really well with The Oil and The Lotion steps in the routine. When I first got these to try, I thought that they were going to be really expensive but actually when I came to repurchase them from Beauty Bay, I didn’t think that £3 was a bad price at all.
While the products work just as effectively with other cotton pads, these ones are especially good because I feel as though less product is absorbed into the pad and wasted.
They enable the Paul & Joe skincare products to be applied to the skin most effectively and I like to save them for use with only these products. They’re made up of a couple of outer layers with fine fibres that reduce friction on the skin and then they have a soft fibre inner layer which gives the pads a bouncy texture so they don’t disintegrate with use. These layers allow the cotton pads to dispense any oil and lotion that has been absorbed into them which means that you’re getting the optimum benefits from the skincare you’re applying.
In terms of the Paul & Joe skincare routine, that’s it. 3 simple steps with 4 products, if you count the Cotton Pads. However if I’m using them as part of my morning skincare routine then I’ll also pop on an SPF afterwards.
The one that I used throughout the winter months was the Paul & Joe Limited Edition Suncream in SPF 10. They do have a higher SPF formula however I haven’t tried that one although I’d like to as I do usually prefer an SPF 30 or 50 even for in the UK but I think that an SPF 10 is fine for use during the cool months when the sun isn’t as strong.
This suncream has a a smooth and creaming formula that leaves the skin feeling moisturised, soft and smooth but most importantly, protected and it prevents redness induced by UV-rays too. It feels lightweight on the skin and doesn’t leave it looking shiny or greasy, or clog your pores which is something I’m always talking about when it comes to SPF; its so important to use one like this that is specifically designed for the face so that it doesn’t cause spots. SPFs are designed to stay on the skin after all so even on days when I’m not wearing any makeup, I’ll always double cleanse when I’ve used this.
Paul & Joe Skincare is available from Beauty Bay and Amazon as well as other shops online such as ASOS and Selfridges but the products go out of stock SO quickly because they’re in such high demand. My best advice is to head to their website here and you will see the stockists linked and you can click over to see if they have the product you’re looking for in stock.
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What products have you tried from Paul & Joe? What skincare would you recommend? I’d love to know what you have in your current routine!