Meet Ceylon: The Black-owned brand that makes easy-to-use skincare for men of color

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The skincare industry remains one of the most exciting for shoppers as there are so many options to choose from. While variety has expanded the truth remains that there’s still a lack of representation for lines designed specifically for men of color — and Black-owned brand Ceylon Skincare is determined to change that narrative.

Started in 2017, Ceylon was developed and founded by Patrick Boateng II to fill this void in the market. And, the idea was conceived during his time in mainland China.

“At Ceylon, our mission is to create accessible, easy-to-use products, specifically formulated to help men of color achieve the best possible skin,” Boateng II said of the brand.

Why the name Ceylon? According to the brand, Ceylon Tea, more commonly known as Black Tea, “was one of the original ingredients in our first formulations” and is a powerful antioxidant. As an homage to where everything began, they adopted the name.

“We borrowed the name in reference and respect for this key ingredient and the critical role it plays in our ability to develop the best possible formulations for pigmented skin,” the brand explains.

The flagship collection of Ceylon products includes a three-piece skincare set that seeks to make skincare both accessible and simple for everyday use. The set includes products covering three of the main steps in any skincare routine (cleanser, toner and moisturizer), they are also sold separately.

Take a look at five of the brand’s top-selling products and bundles below.

Shop: Ceylon Facial Wash, $25

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Shop: Ceylon Facial Toner, $30

Credit: Ceylon Skincare

Shop: Ceylon Facial Moisturizer, $30

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Shop: Ceylon Hydration Pack, $50

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Shop: Ceylon Skincare Set, $85

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Shop Ceylon Skincare’s full collection here.

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