If you are looking to step up your body care routine and have your skin glowing all year round, then ‘Skin By Tej’ and their newly released three step body care routine has you covered. The luxury body care brand founded by Nigerian Beauty blogger and skincare enthusiast Tejiri Arigbodi was released into the market in September, and is already gaining lots of traction for their stunning packaging and innovative products formulated specifically for women of color.
It is no secret that there are barely enough brands and products in the beauty industry that cater to the specific needs of women of color, even more so when it comes to body care. The very ethos of ‘Skin By Tej’ is to formulate products that cater specifically to the skin concerns of African women and it is fast becoming a staple in every woman of color’s body care routine. These amazing products are carefully formulated with active ingredients such as Glycolic and Lactic Acid, Niacinamide, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid and more to combat hyperpigmentation which is common among people of color, while keeping and leaving the skin nourished and hydrated. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the brand did its research to ensure its products are nothing but the best for our melanated skin.
Here’s my experience using the three step body care routine products from ‘Skin By Tej’ as a dark skinned woman.
Step 1: ‘Serum Me’ – Body Serum The ‘Serum Me’ body serum is the star of the show in my opinion. Just as face serums have now become a staple in any facial skin care routine, ‘Skin By Tej’ made one solely for your body and it did not disappoint.
I will admit, my first time attempting to use the body serum was a miss because I did not heed to the instructions clearly stating to apply on damp skin. However, I learned quickly from my mistake and have become obsessed with it! I also noticed that the consistent use of the body serum has been really helpful with keeping my chest acne at bay. As far as my complexion, I have noticed a significant improvement in the overall appearance of my skin as it looks and appears more vibrant and healthy. The body serum is fragrance free and layers perfectly with any scented body lotion you would like to seal in with it. Trust me, this combination will have you smelling good all day.
The ‘Skin By Tej’ ‘Serum Me’ is a 10% Glycolic Acid body serum and if you know your ingredients, you know Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid widely used to fade hyperpigmentation, clear acne and reduce signs of aging. The serum also contains other active ingredients like Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E and the holy hydration ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid making it every black girl’s best friend.
Step 2: ‘Potion Lotion’ – Body Lotion
The Skin By Tej Potion Lotion is a 10% Glycolic Acid body lotion and the presence of Glycolic Acid makes this a stand out body lotion amongst any you may have on your shelf.
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It is important to lock in your body serum with a moisturizer, and the Skin By Tej ‘Potion Lotion’ with not only Glycolic Acid but the likes of Niacinamide, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Lactic Acid and Shea Butter as part of its ingredient list, makes it a perfect match for the body serum. The texture of ‘Potion Lotion’ is very smooth and lightweight making it perfect for both day and night time use. I was very pleased with the lightweight texture as it did not make me feel greasy or like I was about to sweat all my body care products out even while I was out under the sun. I found ‘Potion Lotion’ to be very hydrating. It absorbs beautifully into the skin and leaves my skin feeling hydrated, non-greasy and smooth, which is perfect if you live in warmer or temperate climates.
It is also fragrance free and lightweight enough to layer your scented body lotions on top, and will have your skin glowing while smelling good!
Step 3: Oil Me Up – Body Oil
Last but certainly not the least, ‘Oil Me Up’. I mean, what’s a body care routine without body oil? This body oil is the perfect product to finish up your night time body care routine with. I noticed instantly how much smoother and generally well cared for my skin looked and felt the following morning. It’s so nourishing and locks in all the products in the previous steps perfectly.
The active ingredients present are Squalene, Sandalwood, Vitamin E and Shea Butter which all combined helps to nourish the skin, improve the elasticity of skin cells and even out skin tone. It is also fragrance free making it perfect for any skin sensitivity and is very light weight and absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving you with a nice glow and radiant skin instantly and the morning after.
I am very pleased and satisfied with the first impressions and results of these products but I cannot say I expected anything less from beauty guru Tejiri Arigbodi. These products have become a staple in my routine and are definitely worth the price considering the quality of the products and how effective they are. However, I would love to see a body sunscreen from the brand to protect the skin from sun damage especially because Glycolic Acid does increase sun sensitivity, but overall I will give these products a 5/5 star review.
Skin by Tej is the brand every woman of color needs in her bathroom. Don’t say I didn’t put you on!