Ni'Kita Wilson, Founder
I struggled with my skin during in my teens; there was absolutely no love at all! I remember going to the derm with my dad to get my skin under control. One little tube was supposed to make all of my skin troubles disappear! But soon my excitement turned to dread then pure horror as my skin dried and shriveled about 2 hours into the school day. I was practically begging to go home. There was no way in hell that I could stay in school with that scaly, dry, ashy face!
Fast forward 15 years, I end up in the beauty industry as a bench chemist. That is what ultimately triggered the change in status from "it's complicated" to "in a relationship" with my skin. I developed about 3,200 products over the course of my career for well known brands that reduce fine lines and wrinkles, plump, firm, tighten, brighten, smooth, even color and just about everything imaginable to the skin. Being my own guinea pig I had the chance to research and play around with ingredients allowing me to get my skin in balance and to a place where I could actually say that I love my skin. Working with the finest derms in the USA who specialize in treating skin of color opened my eyes to the wonderful world of chemical peels and microdermabrasion (both procedures that I thought were no-no's for skin of color).
This leads me into the next question...
One question that I'm asked all of the time is, "What products are right for my skin?" My immediate response is ,"what type of skin do you have?" Every skin care product is not for everyone- using a product because a friend, editor or blogger said that it worked for them is not the best way to go about treating your skin. It's all about YOU and YOUR skin types. That's what Skinects V-VI is all about. Showing you how have an intimate relationship with your skin so you will know what it needs at any point and time.
My focus is on Fitzpatrick skin types V-VI which basically covers the spectrum of Black skin for one obvious reason- I'm a Black woman, with Black women in my family! The second reason is that I noticed a lack of credible websites that comprehensively address caring for Black skin. By this I'm referring to not only products but ingredients, cosmetic procedures ,even food and exercise!
So there it is. Those are the what's and why's of Skinects V-VI! Now it's no longer about me and all about you! Take the time to get to upclose and personal with your skin and watch how it responds. After all, skin needs love too!
For the Love of Skin!
xoxo Ni'Kita Wilson
Ni'Kita is a proud member of:
Society of Cosmetic Chemist
Cosmetic Executive Women
Skin of Color Society
Advisory Council for College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University
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Featured in beauty and fashion magazines in print and online such as:
Essence (Awarded Best in Black Beauty Award for Innovative Cosmetic Chemist