The coffee body scrub and chamomile sleep mask were all we needed to become quick converts to this relatively new skincare line from Nyakio. Running into the glowing beauty behind the brand at a recent photo shoot told us everything we needed to know: the Nyakio glow comes from a founder who really gets it.
Meet Nyakio Kamoche Grieco. This glowy boss babe and mama of two is a first generation American of Kenyan descent. Her line of clean, ethical and handmade skincare is directly inspired by many childhood trips to visit her fam in Africa. Her grandmother, also named Nyakio, was a farmer there and her grandfather was a traditional medicine man. Through their influence, Nyakio began learning about the power of plant-based ingredients and how to use them from an early age — she vividly remembers grandmother making a DIY skin exfoliant from boiled-down coffee and sugar cane that she grew on her farm.
We asked Nyakio to join our Green Goddess Guide series to talk all about how she has learned to incorporate her heritage into her self-care, her fave fixes for an instant glow, and a celeb nutritionist-approved blood sugar-balancing smoothie recipe we’re ready to fill our cups with…
If I only have five minutes to get ready, I...
Apply a few drops of the nyakio Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil, a little bit of blush, mascara and lip gloss.
Beauty obsession of the moment:
I’m really into Chantecaille mascara – Longest Lash Faux Cils Mascara to be exact.
Beautifying snack tip:
Add pineapple and turmeric into juice or smoothies.
Hot water with lemon and ginger first thing in the morning.
Can't travel without:
My nyakio Chamomile Soothing Sleep Mask and a neck pillow.
Best beauty tip I learned backstage or on a shoot:
Using my lipstick as blush in a pinch.
For an ultra-glamorous effect:
Faux lashes are always fun!
Product I rely on for lips:
The nyakio Baobab Lip Balm, always.
Beauty tool I can't live without:
Weirdest beauty habit:
I keep my nyakio Quinoa Depuffing & Firming Eye Cream in the refrigerator.
Always in my evening clutch:
Multiple lip glosses by Smith & Cult to change up the color depending on the mood or event.
Once a month, I...
Get facials by Shani Darden.
After a long night or rough weekend, I…
Get in a great workout with my girlfriends at LEKfit.
The product that changed my skin:
My go-to DIY smoothie:
The Blueberry Coconut Creme smoothie recipe from holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque.
Blueberry Coconut Creme Smoothie
1/4 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
2 cups almond milk
1 serving vanilla almond milk
2 Tbsp coconut oil
Blend and enjoy!