As you know, each month we will be shining a much deserved and in some cases long overdue, spotlight on a small business worthy of our love and awe. This month the honour goes to The Sistines. If you have been me for a while now you know I love a good ritual. This Canadian BIPOC brand, co-founded by Toronto based editor Krys Lunardo, is designed for skin rituals. The Sistines holds a fresh take on clean skincare – approachable, affordable, fun and crafted for you. They also have the most beautiful packaging and branding I’ve seen in a really long time. Here is the deal – their team has a philosophy called SKIN SYNERGY. It’s the balance of their BIOLOGICALLY CLEAN + SYNERGISTIC ingredients that preserve the integrity of the skin. They believe that as the body’s largest organ, your skin, should be able to work its magic naturally; without being blocked and confused by harmful irritants and the Parabens, Sulfate, Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrances, that attribute to endocrine disruption. The Sistines entire skin vibe is a reimagined skin care approach for the busy urbanite, the introspective extrovert, and beauty savant, who lead their lives in a colorful, fast-paced manner – all the while being inclusive, welcoming and proudly Black Owned. My Top Three Sistine Must are as follows:
The Anointed Vitamin C Cleanser
Top marks for the cleansers chic packaging, which looks beautiful on top of my bathroom counter, but what gets a 10/10, is the formulation of this Anointed Vitamin C cleanser. Enriched with 15% Vitamin C, this gentle, yet effective face wash deep cleans, polishes and leaves your skin glowing. Composed of Organic Coconut, Aloe Vera, and Borage seed oil—this power lather rescues you from dull, tired-looking skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, improves skin texture, and serves as a barrier against environmental stressors—leaving your skin refreshed and clean without stripping it’s natural oils.
Sister’s Super Fruit Moisturizer
This moisturizer packed with antioxidants is an absolute dream to apply to your skin. Ultra moisturizing, but relatively still lightweight, the Sister’s moisturizer works overtime to preserve your skin’s integrity, with vitamin enriched food for the skin. Also packed inside, the antioxidant power ingredients of Green Tea, Cranberry, Bayberry, Seabuckthorn and Alpha Lipoic Acid. Also, paired with anti-aging properties of Squalane, this moisturizer reverses free radical and environmental damage—while keeping the skin dewy and radiant.
We love a mask. Couldn’t live without them actually. Face masks, eye masks, lip masks – we just want and need them all! The Sistines mask duo set is the one-two punch that lured me into the brand originally. These collagen packed jelly masks for under eyes and lips are legendary. It gives your skin a boosting of hydration, thanks to hyaluronic acid, and you’ll also get some bonus effects from retinol and rosehip oil. Keep your under-eyes soothed, moisturized and saturated with the finest natural Cherub Eye Mask. Improve the skin elasticity, while retaining and replenishing moisture with our hydrating Lip Jelly Mask.