How many can say they have a Kenyan-owned skincare product in their beauty arsenal? Not that many. If you’re keen on skincare, you most likely use products from brands like The Ordinary, Garnier, and Neutrogena. There’s nothing wrong with them, most beauty gurus swear by these brands. However, several great Kenyan skincare brands don’t get the recognition they deserve.
With the beauty industry in the country growing rapidly, many brands have popped up that rival some international brands. The problem is most people aren’t aware of these brands, to begin with. So, here are some of the Kenyan skincare brands you should know about.
It’s not every day you come across a specially dedicated brand to creating skincare products for mature skin. Well, Ruvies is doing just that. This innovative Kenyan brand has created a wonderful line of products using high-quality products that help women age with grace. The founder sought inspiration from her own personal experience as a wife, mother, and career woman and feeling the pressure to love the skin she was in. The products include coffee & cranberry under-eye serum, green tea moringa soap, turmeric soap, and many more which you can get through their website.
Everything about this brand screams luxurious from the packaging to the products. They offer a variety of products to turn your home into a spa including bath bombs, scrubs, and soaps. They also pride themselves in making high-quality and organic products that are “so natural you can eat”. Next time you’re in the mood for some at-home pampering, you can purchase their products through their Instagram page.
Founded by a beauty specialist, Winnie Taylor, Body Evolution offers products that cater to that wide range of needs. The products are formulated to help the skin restore its natural ability to heal, rejuvenate and enhance its general appearance. They include brightening serums, clear orchid cleanser, and toner, and pure jojoba oil which is a must-try. They also offer consultation services to help identify the right products for your needs. You can find them through their website. Product Review: Body Evolution By Winnie Products
Keyara Botanicals was founded by media personality, Terryanne Chebet, and it prides itself in being a premium, Kenyan skincare brand that keeps Africa at the heart of its philosophy. Their products are made from 100% organic ingredients making them safe for the whole family including pregnant mothers and babies. They offer a wide range of skincare products from black soap to pure shea butter and coconut oil that promise to leave your skin feeling smooth and supple. You can shop their products through their website.
Bu.ke has been in the market since 2017 and has made a name for itself in the local beauty community. The founder, Lucy King’ori, was inspired to start the brand out of necessity after her son was diagnosed with a skin condition known as Eczema. She found that shea butter from South Sudan was the only product that managed her son’s condition. This also happens to be one of their best-selling products. They offer other products like acne soap and purple tea hair mask that incorporate a range of natural ingredients to cater to different skincare and haircare needs. You can find them on Instagram or their website.
This Kenyan-born sustainable skincare brand started as a way to empower the local community and has grown into a world-renowned brand featuring in magazines like GQ and Glamour. Their products are made from 100% natural ingredients sourced from farmers across East Africa and packaged in eco-friendly materials which have earned them recognition of Vogue Beauty Awards and awarded Eco Age’s brandmark for outstanding Social Engagement and Community Development. Some of their products include aloe vera and avocado soap, African cedar and orange hand wash, shea and macadamia hand lotion, and baobab lip balm. You can get these products through online retailers like Kasha or on their website.
Qasil beauty is the brainchild of certified skincare formulators, Zahra and Fatma, inspired by the cleansing powder used by Somali women. It comes in a luxurious-looking package that you’d proudly display in your bathroom. The products are equally impressive ranging from fragrance-free moisturizers to exfoliating masks that are especially good for dry and acne-prone skin. You can also get yourself some of their popular serum that rejuvenates and radiates the skin. These products are available through their Instagram page.
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