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Must-Try African Skincare Products


Article by Hayley Hyer

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

When it comes to skincare, sharing is caring. You wouldn't discover an incredible product and not tell your friends about it, right? We're all out here struggling with dark circles, acne and wrinkles, so it's all hands on deck.

In the last several years, the U.S. beauty industry found out about the treasures in Korean skincare, and now the beautiful entrepreneurial women in Africa are being recognized for their genius skincare formulas too. Here are two Nigerian companies with products you absolutely must try.

Ajali Natural Skincare

AJALI’s entire range is 100% natural, preservative-free and lovingly made by hand, right here in Nigeria and includes products that can be used by everyone including babies. We constantly source the finest, natural ingredients indigenous to our motherland, bringing you products bursting with effectiveness to enhance your natural beauty. We not only promote local industry by doing so, but we also offer a safe alternative to the traditional skincare products available.

Quality Products Handmade in Nigeria

All AJALI products are completely handmade by our own team right here in Nigeria. We make our products in small batches to maintain a consistently high quality and optimum freshness.

Multi-Award-Winning Product Range

Just 14 months after AJALI was launched, Ebony Life TV awarded AJALI with the award for ‘Best Made in Nigeria Product of the Year.’ We only had 3 products back then and it’s safe to say we’re even better now. And last year we won the Genevieve Beauty Award for “Emerging Beauty Entrepreneur”.

100% Natural, Locally Sourced Ingredients

Not only are our products completely natural, but we ensure that we use the finest ingredients available. We partner with traceable local suppliers and never import what we can source locally.

“Supporters of the AJALI brand will know that our passion for natural beauty transcends the actual products we create and sell but stems from our desire to change attitudes and mindsets, encourage positivity and self-love and promote healthy living. But for so many, these concepts are a far-fetched dream for an elite few. I want my brand to be part of the solution that helps to fill in the gaps.”
—Ifeyinwa Ojekwe, Founder

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When I was growing up in Nigeria, my mother would travel to the remote areas to collect the nuts from the Shea trees. Her goal was to extract the substance within the nut call Shea butter. She used the Shea butter not only on my skin, which was covered with eczema, but also on the burns my sister got after playing with scorching hot water. Some years later, after the family moved to the United State my mother became a cosmetologist. She began applying Oye Shea butter on her customers’ hair. They were astonished to see a stronger and more rapid growth. Oye Shea Butter was originally founded in 2011.Having grown up with Oye Shea Butter I wish to share this wonderful product with you.

"Oye means several different things depending where you're from. In Spanish it means listen up. In Twi a native language in Ghana it means good. In Yoruba, one of Nigeria native language, Oye means royal title. When deciding a name for our product we did not choose Oye just because it's our family name. Oye Shea Butter means listen up, king of all Shea is here. Oye is a three letter word filled with power and strength."
—Tolu Cecilia Oye

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Oye Shea Butter

Oye Shea Butter is your one stop shop for skincare and haircare. Made organically from the finest shea crops in Nigeria, Oye contains skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin A, K, E, and F, perfect for treating thinning hair, skin rashes, minor burns, split ends, and premature wrinkles. Whether used for a hydrating boost or a rich, unbeatable glow, flaunt your skin with Oye Shea Butter!

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