SJAL skincare is certainly a very niche brand and regime and although it has been around for 15 years + , I only got introduced to it last year so a fairly new thing on my skincare radar.
In general, I find SJAL quite a complex brand to grasp ; as in it’s not your usual , run-of-the-mill skincare that blabs about innovative peptides, the BEST retinol, the MOST potent form of vitamin C (*eye roll*) and so forth. They combine ancient eastern medicine & western advanced biotechnology and it has a HUGE focus around precious stones, gems & minerals including gold, silver, copper, zinc, diamond, ruby & sapphire.
The minerals are said to ‘charge’ the skincare as they are electro-stimulants and thus increase skin cell productivity, performance, repair & penetration and helping enhance the effect of the other ingredients.
The precious stones & gems that are within the skincare which naturally vibrate at a higher frequency promoting increased cellular energy, microcirculation & clarity.
Are you still with me?
In a nutshell it’s all about ENERGISING & improving the FUNCTIONALITY of your skin.
I was fortunate enough to be sent a selection of travel sizes from the range to try out the different products and WOWzers this skincare is insanely good, albeit very pricey, so I wanted to share with you my top 3 products to try if luxury skincare is your thang. These 3 products give you the ultimate red-carpet (or in my case ; just my beige, herman-torn carpet) facial and my skin was the best it has ever been after an at-home treatment. Literally. I used them in the order as below and my skin was like what I imagine a 16-yr old mermaid’s to be.
1.) Pearl Enzyme Brightening Exfoliator
A triple-action mask that detoxifies the pores, brightens the skin’s complexion & improves microcirculation. The combination of crushed pearl (yep, pearl) & powerful enzymes exfoliate the skin with a double-pronged attack. It also has the SJAL signature ‘gemstone blend’ including blue sapphire, diamond, ruby & amethyst for clarity and circulation.
TO USE: I use this onto my damp, cleansed skin, as part 1 of my mini facial. It feels really effective and you can feel the product really sloughing off dead skin (the particles are quite abrasive, although I’m told still absolutely fine for a sensitive skin). I massage it on my skin then leave it on for 10 minutes to let the enzymes get to work.
2.) Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask
A firming and restorative mask that softens the skin, calms irritation and smooths over the pores for baby-like skin. Contains blue lotus & kashmir blue sapphire, blue copper & platinum.
TO USE: I use this straight after the Pearl Enzyme Mask for the ultimate facial. I apply it over my dry skin and simply leave it on for 10-15 minutes to get to work and then wipe of with a warm cleansing cloth. It’s not a mask that stings or dries.
3.) Saphir Concentrate Anti-Ageing Face Oil
A face oil also referred to as ‘liquid silk’ and it is the ultimate luxury face oil-elixir that I have probably EVER used. It’s outstanding. It’s a weightless face oil…..but really so…..almost feels like a serum when you apply it and I have been using it in a multitude of ways on my face. It contains 14 precious oils that provide barrier protection & hydration. Also a potent bio-marine complex that revitalises the skin and improves cell synthesis. There is also a Lavender complex to add a soothing and muscle-relaxing element.
TO USE: You can apply it solo as a PM oil, under your cream as a serum-oil but ALSO over or mixed in with your serum to give it a boost which is how I love to use it (no moisturiser needed over the top on my skin).
I’ve been really eeking out these 3 and saving them for special occasions and it’s what I am turning to when my skin is really down in the dumps. The brand IS luxury and the prices reflect this with the oil being £117, the pearl exfoliator is £110 and the Kasmir mask is a snip at £100. Eye-watering > ABSOLUTELY. However the precious & expensive ingredients along with the science & research that goes into these products do reflect the higher price point. I absolutely get that, and I know my skincare well enough to know that it’s not just a loada crap in fancy packaging a la….ooooo I’m not gonna go there by naming a brand that does exactly this. If you have the budget for high-end skincare then I would say to try the Kashmir mask to dip your toe into SJAL to see if it is for you.