4 skincare brands owned by black South African women

Woman washing her face.
Woman washing her face.
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In a world where women are tired of product hopping to find the perfect products to use on their skin, some have taken it upon themselves to start their own skin care brands that are suitable for black skin.

Let's take a look at 4 South African black female-owned skincare brands you should know about.

Yolz Beauty | facial masks

Founded by entrepreneur and beauty influencer, Yolenda Jawe, Yolz Beauty is a range of facial sheet masks that aim to help women enhance the health and radiance of their skin. The masks are biodegradable, cruelty free and have been developed in South Africa.

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“Our sheet masks are developed using the highest quality of biodegradable bamboo sheet, as we believe in the continued use of waste-reducing technologies during the manufacturing process of our sheet masks. We are dedicated to using responsibly sourced ingredients in our products and commit to continue using mostly plant derived ingredients,” their website reads.

Their range consists of three hydrate sheet masks: A soothing aloe mask, a brightening pomegranate mask and a moisturising avocado mask which all retail at R125 for a pack of three masks.


Dermopal | sunscreen

Founded by Dr Leslie Nteta who is a dermatologist by profession, Dermopal provides women of colour a sunscreen that is suitable for their skin.

“The basic purpose is to identify, develop and provide skin care products to address various skin ailments common in Africa. We are a proudly African company. We endeavour to sell our products throughout Africa. We have a unique understanding of the needs and preferences better than most. This understanding guides and influences our business operations,” their website reads.

The SPF 30 sunscreen is available at most leading pharmacies such as Clicks and Dischem and retail from R80 for a 100ml tube.


USO Skincare | facial skincare

Founded by general practitioner Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo,  USO skincare was developed “to deliver radiant, youthful skin that reflects the beauty of African skin.”

“As a medical doctor and longtime user of quality skincare, and having travelled through the African continent as a pharmaceutical professional, I noticed a startling trend amongst us women of darker complexions. Our skincare routines have been dominated by foreign brands developed for lighter skin tones under northern skies, where wrinkling is the primary skin ageing concern,” Dr. Mothoa-Frendo says on their website.

“…over the last three years, our renowned, local skincare scientists, have sought out skincare innovations to deliver our first range, Uso, which uses innovative, cutting edge science combined with what nature has to offer. Our formulation designs are specifically developed for African skins,” she continues.

USO skincare range consists of: serum moisturisers, day and night creams, mists, toners and cleaners. Their products range from R285 to R1520 and are also available from Takealot.com.


Portia M Skin Solutions | facial skincare

Portia Mngomezulu founded Portia M Skin Solutions after she discovered the healing effects of Marula on her pregnancy-related stretch marks. Portia M Skin Solutions specialises in organic skincare products which are formulated mainly from the marula oil.

“We exist to harness the effectiveness of our African indigenous oils for cosmetics use and to give our customers the best quality experience in skin care products. Our  approach to harvesting the indigenous  oils is environmentally conscious with a social aim of community upliftment empowering women and youth in Africa,” their website reads.

Portia M skincare products include: Baby products, a pomegranate range, a marula range, marula skin oil for men, a facial skin range and skin care products.


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