Jamie Sherrill—better known on the internet as Nurse Jamie—counts celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba as her clients. But last year, when she wasn’t wielding her skincare tools in-office, she was filming a TV show. Skin Decision: Before & After, which is streaming on Netflix now, is no ordinary makeover show. Instead, candidates meet Nurse Jamie and Dr Sheila Nazarian, a certified plastic surgeon, who, after a deep-dive into the history and goals of the patient, decide whether they’ll take a non-surgical approach or have them go under the knife. “Sometimes a scalpel is needed. I am not opposed to it, and I may be biased, but I prefer a non-surgical approach,” says Sherrill, who uses lasers and fillers as her tools of choice. This is not her first rodeo when it comes to being on-screen. She has been a guest on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and filmed an episode with Kourtney, Khloe and Kim when they visited her practice. But this time, the premise is different.
On Skin Decision, each woman comes with her own unique story through the eight-episode series. In the first episode, Katrina has scars all-over, including one caused by a bullet that was fired by her ex-husband shortly before he took his own life. These are stories of real women, with real wounds—for whom aesthetic procedures will put them on to the road of recovery from issues that are more than skin deep. “I’d love a second season and I think everyone who watches will too,” admits Sherrill.
Her approach to beauty was developed very early on in her career. “Even when I was doing my rotations in nursing school, I had a fanny pack that had makeup in it and I had a backpack with a hair dryer. When I did my patient care, in addition to giving out medications, I got you out of your hospital gown and put you in your own clothes and even did your hair and makeup,” she says. “If you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you work good, so you do good and eventually live good.”
Nurse Jamie launched her own product over a decade ago, and has continued to dream up tools of the trade since. Her first one was The Beauty Stamp, a unique micro-exfoliation tool that utilises a gentle ‘press and lift’ action to enhance delivery and promote increased effectiveness of your skincare products. Since then, she’s created the cult-favourite anti-wrinkle pillow (the unique U-shape design cradles the face and neck to prevent fine lines through contact), a vibrating face roller and an eye massaging tool, all of which have been used and endorsed by her celebrity clients like Hilary Duff and Huda Kattan. “The skin is the largest organ in the body and its function is to protect. You can apply creams and moisturisers till you are blue in the face, but you need a beauty tool to actually increase product absorption and get optimum results,” she says.
For clients and fans that want to know how they can look like the Kardashians, Sherrill points them to under-eye care as the ultimate anti-ageing step. “Eyes frame the face. Use a beauty tool to firm the thin skin around there,” she says. For Indian skin, she recommends using her Brightening Bar in conjunction with her Exfolibrush to fight discolouration, particularly after body hair removal treatments like waxing. “Indian skin tends to produce more melanin and is therefore more prone to pigmentation,” so curbing it early is important. “It is better to maintain than to reclaim and always try to be preventative,” she confirms.
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