Nurse Jamie Skincare: Breakthrough Skin Solutions?

by Gio

nurse jamie skincare

Best known for her beauty segments on Extra TV, and TLC’s Style by Jury, Jamie Sherrill, aka “Nurse Jamie”, has been taking care of celebrities’ skin for decades. The owner of the Beauty Park Medical Spa in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, Jamie routinely treats her clients with the latest medical devices and cutting-edge products.

But her exclusive clientele travels far and wide, and doesn’t always have the time to visit one of her spas. So, they started asking her for something they could take on the road with them to maintain the results of their favourite treatments.

Jamie listened, and created Nurse Jamie Healthy Skin Solutions, a luxury skincare range, recently launched in Harrods, that features the latest breakthrough ingredients in skincare. But is it really worth its high price tag? To find out, let’s take a closer look at some of her best-selling products:

nurse jamie one step age delay cleanser

One Step Age Delay Cleanser ($62.00)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a cleanser could delay the signs of ageing? Unfortunately, that’s still wishful thinking. Although this cleanser contains powerful antioxidants Vitamins A (retinyl palmitate) and E (Tocopheryl Acetate), and Palmitoyl Olygopeptide, a peptide said to stimulate collagen production, these ingredients work best when left on the skin, nor rinsed off after a couple of minutes.

Although it can’t help you fight premature ageing, this cleanser is very effective at gently cleansing skin without irritating it. Paraffinum Liquidum (mineral oil) dissolves all traces of makeup and other impurities, while Glycerin hydrates skin. This combination leaves your skin clean and soft.

Verdict

A gentle and effective, but very expensive, cleanser particularly suitable for dry and sensitive skin. But it can’t help fight premature ageing.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Silica, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)

nurse jamie calming relief soothing moisturizer

Calming Relief Soothing Moisturizer ($68.00)

Especially formulated for blemish-prone and polysensitive skin types, this moisturizer promises to calm irritations while nourishing skin. How? It contains chamomile and calendula extracts, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Borago officinalis seed oil is more controversial. It has been used to treat atopic dermatitis with variable results, “with the effect reported to be significant in five studies, insignificant in five studies, and mixed in two studies”. But, “the majority of studies showed at least a small degree of efficacy”. In any case, all these ingredients are present in only tiny amounts.

The bulk of the formula is made up of humectants (like Glycerin), that draw water from the environment into the skin, thus hydrating it, and emollients (such as Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables) that make skin soft and smooth. Together, these ingredients moisturize skin, preventing it from becoming dry.

Verdict

An expensive moisturizer with some anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf/Vine Extract, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetereth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Carbomer, Sorbitan Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Zinc Oxide, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

nurse jamie egf stem cell complex

EGFStem Cell Complex ($125.00)

EGFStem Cell Complex features the hottest new ingredients in skincare – Epidermal Growth Factor, Plant Stem Cells and Peptides – but are they the most effective too? Not really.

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (Matrixyl Synthe’6) is said to boost the production of collagen and hylauronic acid, both necessary to keep skin elastic, firm, and younger-looking, but the only studies that prove its effectiveness were conducted by the manufacturer. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, only that we need confirmation from independent studies before raving about, and splurging on, it.

Plant stem cells, instead, don’t work. They may have some antioxidant activity, but there is no way apple or grape stem cells can turn into human cells and regenerate skin. Epidermal growth factors are even worse. They increase the division of cells within the skin, which helps wounds heal faster and possibly even speed up the growth and regeneration process of new skin cells.

But this over-proliferation of cells could have frightening consequences, and could even cause cancer. We don’t know yet if it is that dangerous when topically applied on the skin in tiny amounts (probably not), but why risk it when most of the research on its benefits was conducted by the manufacturer? Independent research so far has only proven its wound-healing properties, and most of us don’t need that.

The rest of the formula is made up of emollients that make skin soft and smooth, silicones that temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and antioxidants that help keep premature ageing at bay. But these ingredients can be found in most moisturizers. No need to spend so much on one with controversial ingredients to enjoy their benefits.

Verdict

I’m not a fan. It contains too many ingredients that haven’t been proven by independent research to work yet, and some that could even be dangerous.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Ethyl Macadamiate, Octyldodecanol,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oleth-10 Phosphate, Cetyl Esters, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Dimethicone, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-10, Phospholipids, rH-Oligopeptide-1, Isomalt, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Cell Extract, Algae Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xantham Gum, Glycerin, Lecithin, Allantoin, Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone PEG-8 Meadowfoamate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)

nurse jamie egf platinum 3 restorative facial elixir

EGF Platinum 3Restorative Facial Elixir ($198.00)

Tell your friends you’re using a facial elixir with platinum, and they’ll probably die of envy. But should they? Not really. Although there is some evidence that nano-sized platinum can have a protective effect against UV-induced inflammation, it is still a heavy metal and could cause trouble if it accumulates in the body.

That’s unlikely to happen, though. Why? Because platinum costs about $1,500 an ounce, so I doubt there is much of it in this elixir. Most of the formula is actually made up of moisturizing oils that replenish moisture and leave skin soft and smooth. Also included is Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, which, according to the manufacturer, can make skin less sensitive to inflammation.

Verdict

An overpriced, moisturizing elixir best suited for dry skin.

Ingredients

Caryodendron Orinocense Nut Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Colloidal Platinum, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-17, Red 17 (CI 26100)

The Bottom Line

Although I appreciate Nurse Jamie’s use of new and innovative ingredients, most of them have been barely studied. That means that we still don’t know how well they work and what side effects they have. Until we know more, proceed with caution.

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12 comments

Anete Ozolina April 10, 2015 - 2:17 pm

And what about the jar packaging? And added perfume? 🙂
When products are this expensive, you pay for nothing more than marketing and Harrods shopping bag. There are so many good products which are far more reasonably priced and includes safe and valuable ingredients.

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Gio April 11, 2015 - 7:05 pm

Anete, great points. There are just so many problems with this line, aren’t there? At least some of the ingredients she uses are expensive, so that can help justify the prices a little, but yeah, you are paying mostly for marketing.

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Jean April 11, 2015 - 7:44 pm

I hadn’t heard of this line. Sounds like I haven’t missed much 😉

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Gio April 12, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Jean, I have just discovered it. I think a few of the products are quite nice, but way, way overpriced, especially for what they can really do.

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Annette April 12, 2015 - 12:50 am

I can tell you just by looking at ‘Nurse Jamie’ that I wouldn’t buy a cotton bud from her. She is the typical over the top American Barbie personality who has no doubt had plastic surgery yet she’s hawking her expensive products to willing participants. Anything on TLC is America at it’s worst!

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Gio April 12, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Annette, I had never heard of her before but I admit that, judging from all the years she has worked in skincare and her Tv appearances, I expected much, much better. I wouldn’t call the line bad, but it is certainly very, very overpriced and not as miraculous as claimed.

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SD January 26, 2016 - 1:26 am

Has anyone tried the EGF eye complex cream for firming and brightening? That was the only product I was somewhat interested. But for the price, it better work!

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Gio January 27, 2016 - 8:07 am

SD, judging from the ingredients, it’s very hydrating. It contains some antioxidants too, so it may help prevent premature aging as well. But that’s pretty much all it does.

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Gabby August 5, 2016 - 2:43 am

The products are worth the money. Don’t judge a book by its cover just try her products out they have changed my life. She is highly knowledgable in skincare and I have been using her products forever and don’t plan to change it up. Looks like I went back in time 10 years thank you Nurse Jamie!

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Gio August 6, 2016 - 7:29 pm

Gabby, I’m glad these products work well for you. I just think they’re terribly overpriced for what you’re getting. I’d also like to see some independent studies backing up the revolutionary ingredients she uses. That’s all.

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sheney October 24, 2016 - 1:46 am

Im really wondering about that tourmaline wand, it seems like it would do nothing at all but i see a lot of raving reviews on youtube. What do you think?

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Gio November 19, 2016 - 2:48 pm

Sheney, I don’t think there’s anything special about tourmaline. You can check out this link for more info: http://thebeautybrains.com/2009/04/is-a-tourmaline-ceramic-flat-iron-better-for-your-hair/

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