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Interviews

ABOUT FACE: Jules Miller

by theSKIN

@semaine

• By theSKIN

Instagram: @iamjulesmiller
Location: London
Astrological Sign: Leo
Book that changed your life: Lost Connections By Johann Hari
Beauty product (or treatment) that changed your skin: SKIN FILTER from The Nue Co. I can honestly say it has changed my skin for the better and is now a non-negotiable part of my daily routine.
Podcast you can’t stop listening to: Grounded by Louis Theroux
Instagram account you love to follow: @resetnyc

Here at theSKIN, we love a good supplement. And if it’s simple to use, effective, and chic to boot? Consider us dedicated. That’s how we feel about The Nue Co., a supplement (and now skincare) brand dedicated to healing our bodies and our planet. We talked with the brand’s founder and CEO Jules Miller about her career journey, her beauty routine, and what most people get wrong about supplements.

TS

Tell us about yourself!

JM

I was born in London. My mother is originally from Colombia so we spent 7 years of my childhood living in Bogota. My heritage is something that had a huge influence on me growing up — I was always surrounded by family. I studied and began my career in England, however when it came to launching The Nue Co. I decided to move to New York and begin the business there. I lived in Brooklyn for several years, before relocating back to the UK, just prior to the pandemic.

TS

What was your first job?

JM

My first job was in a marketing agency. I studied philosophy at university but was always very interested in creativity and storytelling. From there, I went on to work as part of the team that launched The Detox Kitchen, before starting The Nue Co.
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TS

What inspired you to start The Nue Co.?

JM

The Nue Co. was born from my own experience with IBS in my mid-twenties. At the time, I was taking multiple supplements which were making my symptoms worse. After a conversion with my grandfather, who was a scientist and lecturer at Cambridge University, I realised how many products contained artificial ingredients such as bulking agents and fillers. From there, I set out to create a solution by combining the best of nature and science and using only clean and sustainable ingredients to deliver proven results.

TS

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career, and how did you overcome it?

JM

The greatest challenges I have faced have been around balancing advice and having confidence in my decisions as a leader. When I first started my business, I assumed I needed help from people who had more experience, and thought they knew more about my ideas and how they should be executed. I’ve learnt it is important to go with my gut feeling as well as continue to question and learn to be able to make the best decisions myself.

TS

Advice for professionals that want to pursue a similar path as you?

JM

I would say it is always important to keep evolving your ideas, not to rest on your experience, and continue to innovate. Whilst The Nue Co. has always existed for the purpose of supporting people’s health, we are continuing to evolve. I embrace that as a good thing and a challenge for us to keep thinking about what our customer is going to want next, not just what they want right now.
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I have always followed the philosophy of keeping it simple.

TS

What do you think the average person gets wrong about supplements?

JM

People often think that taking supplements will be a quick fix for addressing your health concerns. Firstly, consistency is key. Our products are created to show results within 30 days of use but you will truly see results by building a lasting routine. I think there is also a misconception that addressing just your physical health will be a solution to how you may be feeling. Our physical health is interconnected with our mental health, but also the health of our community and our planet. It’s about taking a holistic approach, being mindful of how you are feeling but also being connected to the people and planet around you.

TS

Best advice for someone interested in beginning to take supplements but don’t know where to start?

JM

The first step with taking supplements is to identify what you truly need. It starts with understanding what our bodies need, restoring a connection with how we are feeling internally and what we are noticing externally. We say our PREBIOTIC+PROBIOTIC is the backbone to your health. An imbalance in our gut microbiome will result in a number of symptoms, ranging from digestive issues and bloating, to skin issues such as acne and hypersensitivity. Research has even shown that you may experience conditions such as depression and anxiety as a result of an imbalance of your gut. A daily probiotic is the best place to start and you can start to address other signs from your body from there.

TS

Which supplements do you take to keep yourself healthy?

JM

Each morning I take PREBIOTIC+PROBIOTIC, SKIN FILTER and DEBLOAT+. The formula for DEBLOAT+ is one of the first we created and has been a key part of how I have managed my IBS. I take it each morning as a preventative for managing any symptoms from a flare up. For particularly busy days, where I might have back-to-back Zoom calls, I will use a few sprays of FOREST LUNGS. FOREST LUNGS was our second anti-stress supplement in the form of a fragrance that we launched in 2020. It contains phytoncides: a natural molecule produced by trees that help calm the nervous system. For days I can’t actually be outside, it gives me a sense of calm. I am also obsessed with the scent!

TS

Tell us about your skincare routine! What do you use morning and night to keep your skin happy and healthy?

JM

First thing in the morning, I’ll splash my face with cold water to wake myself up and refresh from any lagging tiredness. I usually keep my morning routine very low key and just use THE PILL, our topical skin supplement. It contains everything your skin needs in a single daily dose, with natural AHAs, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and caffeine that help to brighten, hydrate and tighten skin. During recent colder weather I will also use a moisturizer in the morning but in summer months I just use THE PILL. 

We recently launched a brand new topical supplement range called BARRIER CULTURE. Consisting of a cleanser and a moisturiser, we created this range to restore and strengthen your skin barrier and the natural microbiome of your skin. I use the BARRIER CULTURE Cleanser once in the evening. One of the key parts of creating this formula was being able to create a cleanser that could remove makeup, dirt and pollution without the need for a double cleanse. It gives your skin a really deep clean, without that stripping feeling you can get from other cleansers. I follow this with the BARRIER CULTURE Moisturizer — it is deeply hydrating and gives my skin that instantly plump feeling. It contains key skin barrier building ingredients such as niacinamide to help activate your skin’s natural immune response and repair dark marks, and squalane to protect your skin from external aggressors. Calendula and chamomile also help to sooth and reduce redness on days when I may notice any redness or inflammation in my skin.

TS

Describe your ideal Sunday situation.

JM

My ideal Sunday would involve a walk with my husband Charlie and our puppy Ruby, followed by a lunch with family. I moved houses at the start of the pandemic and have been undergoing renovations most of the past 12 months. I’m really looking forward to the restrictions in London lifting and being able to finally entertain my family at home.

TS

What’s the biggest beauty myth?

JM

That it needs to be complicated! I have always followed the philosophy of keeping it simple. Our modern approach to beauty, especially skincare, involves a multitude of products that each treat conditions on a symptomatic level. This is not only having an impact on our skin, but an impact on our planet. Over 120 billion units of packaging are sent from the beauty industry to landfill each year. This leads to increased air pollution, which causes damage to our skin, and the cycle continues. We need a new approach that focuses not on overloading, but using products that truly support the health of our skin.

TS

What’s your self-care power move?

JM

My ultimate self-care is giving myself time to rest! It sounds so simple but giving your body and mind a break and the chance to recuperate is so important, especially when you are feeling run down. 

TS

In a few words, describe beauty as you see it.

JM

I think we are beyond a point of any definitions of beauty. It’s up to the individual to explore what it means to them.
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