We are continuing our focus on skincare (and boss ladies) in the new year. As we get older, it’s sad but true that our skin needs extra lovin’. We’re not the only ones thinking about what we put on our skin though. Lucky for us, there are skincare brands who focus on clean, quality ingredients, as well as results. One such brand is the “derma-termined” Schique Skincare, founded by doctor and best selling author Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer. It’s designed solely with clean ingredients that are vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, and paraben-free – and 100% FULL of nature. Doesn’t that sound like something you want to put on your skin? Let’s take a deeper dive…
Jacqueline researched thousands of ingredients and gathered the finest few from around the world to create a luxurious line that truly works. Need proof? She uses the line herself! Her special formula is kissed with a key ingredient, the dandelion, for its diverse therapeutic properties and its ability to give Schique girls that glow. Leave it to flower power to have us smiling and shining right through winter, especially because the line starts at only $18. We’re taking a deeper dive into our skincare with Schique!
What were some of your first experiences with makeup, skincare and the beauty industry?
My first experience with makeup had to be right around freshman year homecoming. I fell in love with one of Laura Mercier’s lip gloss and lip stick combinations. For skincare, it had to be at the Dermalogica counter–I was curious about the idea of a skincare “system” and loved the products they were offering for different skin types. My first CEW event paved the way for my experience in the beauty industry–learning about the world of beauty as a whole was so fascinating.
What led you to found Schique?
I was in the middle of my studies at Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary when I found out that my mother had been diagnosed with skin cancer for the second time. Devastated and knowing that I needed to put her health and wellness first, I began my research. When I found out that the harmful ingredients in my mother’s skincare routine were partially to blame, I was inspired to create a brand that would empower women to make conscious and knowledgeable choices regarding what goes on their skin–hence the “IQ” mark within our logo.
What makes Schique different in the beauty industry?
Schique’s commitment is to inspire transformation in mind, body and spirit. We strive to deliver valuable beauty and wellness products and solutions designed to help women address every skin concern imaginable in order to heal, restore and nourish skin back to life. As a medical doctor and female, I understand women’s skincare concerns.
Schique products are vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, sulfate free and paraben free. Each formula is kissed with our hero ingredient–the Dandelion–used for its diverse therapeutic properties and ability to give women that truly radiant glow. We’re a clinically-backed anti-aging line that’s loaded with natural ingredients, minerals and peptides.
What chemicals should we look out for on skincare labels?
Parabens and sulfates! Parabens such as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben are all linked to causing hormonal disturbances, breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Sulfates like sodium lauryl are linked to hair loss, skin irritations, extreme dryness and acne.
How should our skincare regimen change over time?
In our 20’s it’s very important to have a basic skincare routine. This includes a daily cleanser, daily moisturizer and daily SPF as well as an exfoliant 2-3 times a week. In our 30’s, I recommend adding Retinoids to your nighttime routine 2-3 times per week as well as annual micro-needling to boost natural collagen and elastin.
Daily eye creams and serums are also a must! This routine will take you through the 40’s and beyond, with minor adjustments to be made depending on how your skin type changes over time.
What is your typical day like now?
I wake up at 6am and start the day with a glass of lemon water! By 8:30, I’m in the office and working with the team on all things Schique until the day closes at about 5pm. I make my way to the gym at about 6pm for an hour long workout before heading home to make dinner. Typically I work from home in the evenings and get to bed by about 11-11:45pm–they don’t call it the Schique lifestyle for nothing!
What is your own skincare regimen like?
My morning routine involves our Pure Clarity Daily Cleanser and our Radiant Glow Daily Face Scrub. I switch out the cleanser for the scrub a couple of times a week to exfoliate. I follow this up with our Brilliant Firm Firming Serum (feels amazing and gives you a dewy glow), our Lumistone Hydration Moisturizer and my personal favorite–the Insightful Contour Eye Cream. SPF is a huge part of my daily routine–stay tuned for Schique’s take on SPF skincare.
For the evening, I use a low grade Retinoid twice a week. I’ll also use use our Intuitive Restoration Mask once or twice a week–it changes color as you use it and removes toxins that can build up from our day to day routines.
What’s next for you and the company?
Schique’s next step is to increase distribution, making the products as well as the Schique lifestyle available to more people. I’m so excited to grow the brand and continue to build on what it means to live a Schique life.
What advice would you give to your high school self?
Stay extra close to family. Embrace your inner geek and nerd. Read more books. Laugh more and often.