I was so excited when Fenty Skin approached me to be considered as a brand ambassador. I really respected what Rihanna had created with Fenty Beauty and how she gave a voice to a much-needed movement of inclusivity in the beauty industry, so I was intrigued to find out more about her skincare brand. After learning about her skincare philosophy, the products she created – why and how – I was not only impressed, but I also really related to the brand and the clean, uncomplicated, effective products. It was a no-brainer to join her in this mission of delivering healthy-looking, beautiful skin to all – it’s already what I preach to my clients and followers.
Packaging sets a nice tone for the brand’s sense of thoughtfulness and consideration for everything it stands for and delivers. Fenty Skin does a great job with being transparent about its measures to be earth-conscious – such as eliminating outer boxes and using refillable packaging where possible. Ultimately, though, it comes down to the ingredients, and to the experience and results they deliver.
Total Cleans’r (145ml) has quickly become one of my favourite cleansers. It’s a 2-in-1 make-up remover and cleanser that effortlessly removes make-up and impurities from skin. I have dry/combo skin that tends to dry out easily, but I love this because it deeply cleanses and removes make-up without stripping and drying skin. I love to spend a few minutes at night massaging it in – it helps me unwind after a long day.
This is more than just an average toner. It has the power of a toner and serum in one. It helps to brighten, smooth, fight shine and reduce the appearance of dark spots. It’s called Fat Water (150ml) because it has a unique, thick texture that instantly sinks into skin. After cleansing, apply to palms and press over your face – no cotton pad needed.
Almost 90% of my job is preaching to my clients and followers about the importance of sun protection. Sunscreen is absolutely non-negotiable and is essential in every skincare routine, so it was extremely important to Rihanna to offer an SPF that works for all skin tones – which is Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer SPF30 (50ml). There has been a myth for decades about Black people not needing to wear sunscreen – that’s absolutely false! Sunscreen helps protect your skin from the harmful UV rays that can cause damage, accelerate premature ageing, and exacerbate hyperpigmentation and dark spots.* Hydra Vizor is super lightweight and leaves skin with a beautiful, glowing finish. It’s also formulated with one of my favourite ingredients, niacinamide, which helps reduce the appearance of pores, dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
Fenty Skin is a reflection of Rihanna’s experiences. She has amazing skin now but, like most of us, has had a personal skin journey. She created Fenty Skin with the intention of sharing everything she’d learned over the years and – most importantly – what she wishes she’d known when she was first starting out in skincare. Rihanna has shared that she has experienced hyperpigmentation and breakouts and has sensitive skin, which is why she tries and tests everything personally! Fenty Skin was made with even those who have sensitive skin in mind.
Rihanna developed the Fenty Skin Start’r routines to have three simple steps, because she believes that consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Rihanna really saw results when she started using all three products together consistently, and made each product really sensorial, with rich textures and clean scents inspired by the products’ ingredients, so that you’d love the entire experience.
My approach to skin is always to keep things concise and as uncomplicated as possible. Because there are so many products, ingredients and treatments on the market, people tend to get confused and overwhelmed with their skincare routines. As an aesthetician, I always preach to my clients about keeping their routine simple, and focusing on products and ingredients that target their specific issues and concerns.
My number one skincare tip is to wear sunscreen every single day! It’s so important for people to know that using proper sun protection is NOT just for the summer, or when you’re only out at the pool or the beach, or just for people with fairer skin tones. EVERYONE needs to wear sunscreen every. single. day.*