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SKINCARE Vs SKIN CARE: Does your skincare care for your skin?

You wear your skin 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so what you put on it matters. But where do you begin? The skincare market is saturated with products, yet our skin has never been so sensitised, flaky and spotty. Seduced by elegant packaging, sweet aromas and marketing hype, your heartbroken skin realises it’s been played. When did skincare stop caring?

The future of skincare is bespoke.

We get the attraction of over-the-counter (OTC) skincare – it plays on our desire for a quick fix. But our skin is as unique as our fingerprint, so a one-size-fits-all approach would always end in tears. Ignore marketing campaigns: perfect ‘glass’ skin is an illusion, and complicated 12-step routines can irritate your skin barrier, triggering inflammation and premature ageing. 

Your skin prefers a more minimalist approach and would ban products with a mile-long ingredient list. (It is absorbent but has its limits). Our obsession with squeaky-clean skin makes it wince – we need those precious oils to seal in moisture (like a built-in moisturiser). Acid exfoliation may give immediate results, but it also removes much-needed protection from the outside world. 

Your skin barrier is a feat of engineering and our immune system’s first line of defence – we will show you how to support it, not strip it! 

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True skin or barrier damage?

When a new client arrives at Tej & Co, we don’t know if we’re looking at their true skin or just barrier damage from OTC skincare. Is the redness rosacea, or have they just mullered their skin barrier with acids? Do they have acne, or have they picked a few spots and spread the infection? (No judgement – we’ve all been there!). Clients self-diagnose on Google, so it is no wonder they buy the wrong home care. But spots, redness and flakiness are symptoms of something, not a diagnosis.

Therapeutic skin care is your firm foundation for future treatments.

At Tej & Co, it breaks our hearts when clients use OTC skincare or neglect their routine between facials – unhealthy skin never responds as well. Imagine hiring the best PT in town and scoffing fast food on the way home – you won’t get the full benefit. 

We encourage a two-way relationship with our clients: we care for their skin in clinic, and they care for their skin at home. (This occasionally involves gentle nagging – if we could come home with your skin, we would!).

(Unlike other clinics, we never offer advanced treatments such as laser and microneedling on request. We assess your skin health before prepping your skin with products at home). 

3-step daily skincare routine: Caring for your skin between treatments

Starting a new routine can be daunting, so we take the guesswork and stress out of what, when and how to use our products. We recommend Dermaviduals, which puts skin before products and is backed by rigorous science. Whereas OTC skincare is sold to our senses, Dermaviduals is sold to a living organ – with a human being attached. You won’t find it on the high street or online because it is only sold by therapists who take the time to understand your skin. 

We start new clients on our simple 3-step daily skincare routine:

  • Cleanser
  • Serum
  • Moisturiser
  • Enzyme mask once a week. 
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If your skin is sensitised from over-cleansing and over-exfoliating, this pared-down routine gives your skin barrier a chance to heal. Like a skincare boot camp, you must go cold turkey on detrimental products such as retinol, L-ascorbic acid and grainy scrubs. We will put your skin on a healthy new skin diet rich in highly sourced nutrients and free from fragrance, preservatives, parabens, and dyes. Your skin couldn’t care less what the products smell like. 

3Rs – We also introduce your skin to the 3Rs – nothing to do with grammar, we promise. We won’t always know what the skin needs on your 1st, 2nd or even 3rd visit, so we will blend 20ml bespoke serums each time. By the fourth serum, we will see if your symptoms have lessened, and we can start working on what we see – your true skin.

Repair – We don’t treat symptoms at this stage – just repair the skin barrier.

Restore – Your skin cells have lost touch, so let’s restore cell-to-cell communication and get them talking. Slowly, you will start to see changes and improvements.

Rejuvenate – Your skin should feel softer, and your complexion will glow. You might not need as much make-up. Friends and family will start saying you look well. Your skin has never been so loved. 

Start your skin care journey at Tej & Co – we will help you choose from the following options:


1: Signature Facials – for those looking for a relaxing facial. 

2: Dermaviduals home care products & routine – for those interested in switching over to our skincare products to address their skin concern.

3: Our recommended home skin routine & clinic treatments – for those who want to address their skin condition with our Dermaviduals products and have skin treatments.

4: Bespoke facial treatments – for those with specific skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. You must be on our Dermaviduals products to have this treatment. 

Dermaviduals are available directly from our clinic. Please email us with your order if you are familiar with these products. Or if you’d like to discuss our range and talk to us about a skin concern email us for more details & we’ll be happy to help.

This article was written by skincare specialist Tej of Tej & Co. Tej & Co are experts in skincare and hair removal clinic, West Midlands. Offering safe and results-driven non-surgical skin treatments including Endymed Skin Tightening.