Revamp your skincare routine with the best in products and services. Here, local experts sound off on what gives their skin that island glow.
THE BRAND UA Body craft s handmade products straight from Kamuela on the Big Island. What began as a small family business over 30 years ago has become a staple in skincare, with products made from simple, natural and locally sourced ingredients.
THE PRODUCTS Perennial must-haves are the Sugarcane dry oil, inspired by sugarcane fields for a healing treatment for dry skin, and the Botanical Skin Repair cream. Infused with calendula oil, comfrey, chickweed, red clover botanicals and sweet almond oil, then blended with avocado and shea butters and scented with lavender and healing essential oils, the salve results in a light lotion to fortify the skin, note owners Blaine Kusler and Leala Humbert.
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THE BRAND Combining traditional healing methods and native botanicals with modern skincare technology, Honua Skincare’s facial line targets all skin types and conditions. Founder Kapua Browning brings her passion for skincare to the fore, making use of the Earth and filling each product with aloha spirit and ā‘au.
THE PRODUCT Browning declares the Aloha Youth serum her skincare hero. “It’s a go-to daily serum for everything,” she enthuses. “It leaves my skin feeling fresh and hydrated and is infused with my favorite ingredients: ‘olena (Hawaiian turmeric), noni and kukui... so I get my daily dose of antiinflammatories, antioxidants A, C and E, and plumping omega fatty acids.”
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THE BRAND Inspired by Hawai‘i’s flora and fauna, Hanalei creates gentle, restorative skincare. Plus, each product is designed with a unique blend of natural botanicals and infused with the spirit of aloha.
THE PRODUCTS Hanalei founder Alice Kim looks to the new Island-Powered Skincare collection, which is made with Aloha Nui nutrient complex, when her skin needs a boost. Among the products, the Aloe E Hawaiian facial cleanser is an “all-in-one gentle gel cleanser that effectively removes makeup, cleanses and tones without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier,” she says. The collection also includes the Kona Peptide Hawaiian eye cream and Makai Marine Hawaiian face moisturizer that “helps to reduce the appearance of redness and skin imperfections,” Kim adds.
WHERE TO BUY‘Ohi‘a Boutique Maui, 810 Kokomo Road, Ste. 120, Haiku-Pauwela
THE BRAND Locally sourced wellness, beauty, jewelry and home goods haven ‘Awa + ‘Ōlena is a carefully curated space rife with clean beauty products. Behind ‘Awa + ‘Ōlena is the mission to support local makers and farmers through the use and promotion of their products.
THE PRODUCTS Looking for a new everyday winner? Owner Amanda Watkins says her go-to is Ao Organics’ ‘Ili hydration moisturizer thanks to its superlightweight formula with hints of papaya and guava.
WHERE TO BUY 1152 Koko Head Ave., Honolulu
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