Beauty & the Best Summer Skin: Truly Clear, Nubian Heritage, Nyakio, + Aussie’s Asarai

Summer can be rough on skin with heat-related conditions, such as breakouts, drying sunburns, pollution, and pore-clogging humidity. These high-quality brands with ingredients-inspiration from Australia, Africa, and the USA harness the power of nature to impart glowing, fresh skin:

Nubian Queen Beauty
Nubian Heritage offers homeopathic remedies for acne, and their African Black Soap (Anago or Alata soap) for eczema and psoriasis. Created with leaves, cocoa pods, shea tree bark, plantain ash, coconut oil and shea butter from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, it’s enriched with aloe, oats, vitamin E, tamarind, palm ash, and plantain peel to refine pores. This collection includes Toner, Mask, Moisturizer, Blemish Treatment, Wash & Scrub, Clarifying Pads and Cleansing Bar Soap. No chemicals or weird additives! Founded here in NYC in Harlem in 1991, this is a lovely brand for beautiful skin: Other Nubian Heritage lines include the Olive Oil & Green Tea Collection, the Coconut & Papaya Collection (including deodorant, hand cream and bath bombs), and the Lavender & Wildflowers Collection. All are exquisite.

Nyakio Skin Necessities
Nyakio is a skincare brand with ingredient integrity, offering ultra-effective natural products such as Quinoa Eye Cream, Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish and Body Scrub, Baobab Lip Scrub, Tamanu Firming Face Balm, Chamomile Soothing Sleep Mask, Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm, Chinese Rice Exfoliating Cleansing Power, African Black Soap Purifying Mud Mask, and much more. Revel in nature this summer, and find them at Ulta: Savor Nyakio’s healthy oils, scrubs, toners, skin-firmers, soothers, masks and moisturizers for optimal skin, and read more about this well-crafted line at

Down Under Goodness
Australia’s Asarai Yellow skincare line encompasses gel-to-milk technology with Come Clean to clean beneath the skin, a botanical-rich hydrating day cream called UltraLight, the Australian red clay EarthTones Mask for detoxing and purifying, the vitamin & superfood health oil Power Trip, sleeping serum with retinol and antioxidants Sleeper Cell, and the anti-pollutant boosting serum Response Theory, which enhances cell reparation. Packaged in bright yellow bottles, this line imparts Aussie sunshine and skin-enhancing goodness to add a luminous glow to your skin. Find them at

Truly Miraculous
The Truly Clear skin-restoration soap is an over-the-counter and dermatologist-recommended bar to battle acne with 98.42% all-natural ingredients (coconut, palm, peppermint, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, vitamins A & E, aloe vera, acai berry and goji berry). It’s crafted in Vermont, and is free of perfume, sulfates, drying alcohol, gluten, and parabens – and it contains FDA-approved salicylic acid for clearing skin eruptions and treating rosacea. It targets acne at its core to reduce severity and prevent eruptions, and is packaged in a travel-friendly soap carrier for taking to the gym, on weekend getaways, to work, or on extended treks. It’s unisex and perfect for all humans. Find it at and follow @gettrulyclear.

Cheers to a fantastic summer on sand, surf, rooftops, and grass!

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