If you’re a skincare junkie, you know there is nothing more satisfying than finding the right set of products for you. Being a sucker for all things skin, I do my share of in-depth research in finding the perfect match for me (and my bank account) but I’m often skeptical about how well the international brands would work with the island weather and local skin types.
With COVID-19 changing the game of the local economy, it is very important that we support our homegrown businesses. When it comes to skincare, local works best for most of us.
So, nourish yourself with Sri Lankan skin and hair recipes that have passed down from generations of skincare addicts!
Here’s a list of skin and hair care brands you can use to curate your own Sri Lankan skincare routine!
Started off with simple sugar scrubs, they now produce an array of skincare products from powdered masks, cleansers, face mists and different types of scrubs (face and body). They often use organic honey, coconut oil, turmeric, moringa, coffee and other goodness in their products. Coast swears by keeping their products 100% clean with no harmful chemicals included in their list of ingredients which makes them safe to use on skin types.
With their ultra-chic packaging and proven to be effective products, what’s not to love about this brand?
Bestsellers: Just Honey Cleaner and Radiate Face Mask
Their products range between Rs. 600 and Rs. 900
Available online, The Design Collective Store and Urban Island Colombo.
Apart from the funky brand name, Gooey is a skincare brand that has impressed many. Started off as a passion project, they now have a portfolio of skincare essentials that only uses certified organic cold-pressed oils that preserves the highest potency. Gooey believes that skincare should be simple and skin deep.
Currently, they have an eye-lash and eyebrow serum that consists argan oil, sweet almond oil, castor oil and vitamin oils that helps boost collagen production to give life to your lashes and brows.
The restorative prickly pear facial oil is rich in vitamins and amino acids, and of course, prickly pear oil that would help you with dark under eyes and reducing the signs of ageing.
Visit their Instagram profile to get an in-depth and scientific rationale for their products and how they would work for your skin.
Their range consists of the two products at the moment but they are working on coming up with more formulas for other skin conditions and we can’t wait!
Their products range between Rs. 1600 and Rs.2000
Available online, Tribe.lk and justgoodness.co
Clay is an ayurvedic skincare brand and one of the few brands in Sri Lanka that offer clay masks. They also have moisturisers, serums, face mists, powdered face masks and a haircare range, all made from natural ingredients.
Their products are loved by many across the island (myself included) and many reviews suggest that they are very lightweight yet creamy making it suitable for the harsh weather conditions in Sri Lanka.
They use ingredients such as charcoal, aloe, oils and other plant-based material to ensure the effectiveness of the products in tackling issues such as dullness of skin, dark spots, uneven skin and signs of ageing. All ingredients are ethically sourced from Sri Lanka and India.
Visit their Instagram for more information about the products including the ingredients, textures and reviews of the products.
Best Sellers: Rose Face Mist, Glow-Getter Face Mask, and Glow-Up Serum
Their products are priced between Rs. 700 to Rs. 2000
Available online, Warehouse, One Galle Face and Urban Island
RSW is a brand with a story! Stephanie, the founder of the brand was working full time on her desk job when she suddenly made the decision to quit and take her hobby of making scrubs and masks to the next level. Now, she has gathered more than 10 years of experience in formulating skincare products!
RSW has two product ranges; Body by RSW and Love Locks by RSW dedicated for skin and hair respectively. They have a range of masks, scrubs and moisturisers and well as hair masks and eyebrow and lash serums help rejuvenate and repair your skin and locks.
Their products are formulated with 100% natural ingredients such as herbs, oils, roots and flowers with naturally occurring carrier agents and preservatives while ethically sourcing them from Sri Lanka, India, UK and the US.
Best Seller: C Boost
Their products price between Rs. 550 to Rs. 3000
Available online through their website, social media and Pendi concept store
Derived from ancient Sanskrit, Tathya stands for truth, a belief the brand lives by when curating their range of portfolio. For over one and half years they have managed to grow their brand with this philosophy, reflected through their result-proven products and many happy customers!
They have a variety of scrubs, mists and masks handmade with 100% natural and pure ingredients living true to their brand, Tathya. Their main ingredients include saffron, lemon, honey, almond oil, neem, coffee, cinnamon and a plethora of other locally sourced products.
Their products mainly target issues that sensitive, local skin face such as acne and scars.
Bestseller: Glow Mask
Their products range between Rs.500 to Rs.2500
P.S. They also curate gift boxes and supply for events!
Here’s to all new self-care Sundays!