Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Creative director behind the popular Nigerian fashion label Orange Culture. In my opinion, the word talented is an understatement when describing the vision and designs that Adebayo Oke-Lawal produces. His pieces are works of art, and pleasure to my senses. I got the pleasure to chat with him about his skincare routine and was left impressed with the knowledge he had about skincare and the importance of male grooming. Thank you Adebayo for sharing your nuggets of skincare wisdom; a huge congratulations on being the first Nigerian to showcase your awesome A/W2017  collection on Fashion Scout London this week, and the launch of your talk show "the shade corner" on Accelerate TV. Bravo!!

How important is skincare to you?

It is very important, especially living in tropical country like Nigeria; the daily exposure to the sun can easily lead to hyperpigmentation. I used to have hyperpigmentation on my skin and that prompted me to start taking better care of my skin. I figured out that vitamin C based products work better for me, so I stick to that and a simple wash and go routine in order to maintain the balance on my skin while keeping hyperpigmentation away. 

What is your skin

I have dry skin

Have you ever had problem skin?

I get major shaving bumps on my skin and I wear glasses so I have dark circles under my eyes. The dark circles have lightened up, especially with my use of vitamin C on my skin.
You have great skin, What kind of products do you use for your skincare on a regular basis?

I have a routine that I have been using for years now. I use Clean and Clear morning burst facial scrub, which I use to exfoliate two to three times a week. I love this scrub because it has vitamin C and it is gentle, even on my dry skin. The days I do not exfoliate, I use black soap to cleanse daily, moisturize with a brand by Úna Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C+ skin defense daily moisturizer, and end with applying Mesoestetic SPF 50.

For my body, I use a Nigerian brand called Matte by Onyinye Fafi Obi. I use the Matte chocolate body scrub once a week, and the chocolate body butter. I love the results I get from these products, and they are nicely priced as well.

[caption id="attachment_3557" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Image courtesy: Orange culture Matte Chocolate body butter[/caption]



For my beard and hair, I use coconut oil by a Nigerian brand called R&R Luxury.

In the PM, I always cleanse my face, apply Una Brenan Super Facialist Vitamin C+ moisturizing glow boost skin serum and go to bed.
What skincare treatments have you done? Did you see results?

Once I tried a light peel done be my friend Dr. Uju Rapu, at Belfiore Medical, and it wasn’t bad at all. I had hyperpigmentation from shaving and the peel cleared it up completely. Dr. Uju Rapu is amazing!!

Do you use SPF?

Yes, absolutely. And I tell everyone how important it is to a healthy skin. There is this myth that only light skinned people should use sunscreen but that is not true at all, everyone should use sunscreen.

As mentioned earlier, I use Mesoestetic SPF 50, recommended to me by Dr. Uju Rapu of Belfiore Medical. I have been using this brand for a while, and I really like it. It is very moisturizing and, most importantly, it doesn’t leave your skin with a white mask. I recommend it.

Do you think men feel comfortable talking about their skincare regimen?

I think there is a new generation of men who are comfortable with talking about skincare. These days I get a lot questions from people asking about my skincare routine, so I guess people are finding it interesting and becoming more conscious of grooming and healthy skin. 

What is your Krème de la Krème of skincare product?

Clean and clear morning burst facial scrub. I have had a two-year relationship with it. I find it has saved my skin from sunburns and it just works for me.  I have also gotten a lot of my friends hooked on it, and I think people have woken up to the fact that it’s a great product because whenever I go to the stores they are always low on stock.
14502756Now a couple fun fashion related questions


When I get dressed in the morning I think…

I think of what my day will be like, what I need to do during the day, and I dress in accordance with that.  I am very much about comfort and making sure my clothes represent who I am.
The most treasured item in my closet is….

I really love shoes, so it would be my Kenzo trainers for the style and the comfort  

Who is your style icon?

It’s very hard to pick a style icon. I like Andre 3000 and I love Solange, because they seem to express themselves effortlessly through their style.
Never be caught dead wearing….

A du-rag (laughs)

Where do you see your brand in 10years?

Literally the whole world, everywhere.

If you could teach one subject in school what would it be?

Literature .
Beauty is....

Beauty is health. It is not just superficial, it’s how you take care of yourself from the inside out. Beauty is also being yourself unabashedly, and not caring what anyone else has to say about it.
Which woman do you find beautiful?

Easily Solange. I think she is beautiful.  

Skincare tip to readers

Use Sunscreen!!! it is the most important tip I can give. I feel like people in this part of the world are sleeping on the importance of sunscreen. Use it daily and frequently.

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