By Slaine McKenna
Put simply; the skincare industry is booming. In fact, experts predict the industry’s revenue to grow to $45 billion in the next four years. With predictions like this, it’s unsurprising that big companies, such as Penneys, Amazon and even Kylie Cosmetics, are trying to break in to the lucrative industry.
With so many new skincare brands appearing on the market, it may be difficult to know which one is worth your money. Therefore, it may be time to consider some local Irish–based skincare brands. Not only would you be helping small Irish companies, you’d also be treating yourself and your skin to a little TLC. Here are 5 of our favourite Irish skincare brands for you to choose from:
Voya skincare hails from Sligo and takes inspiration from the county’s long history of seaweed baths. They incorporate many different sea minerals into their products to help nourish the skin. Voya has won several different accolades, such as a Beauty Bible Award in 2019 and an Image Beauty Award, showing just how beloved this brand is.
Kinvara skincare is based, unsurprisingly, in Kinvara, right here in Galway. Founded by Joanne Reilly, she founded the brand because she was unable to find skincare products that worked for her. Kinvara now has a large range of products, meaning you’re guaranteed to find the right one for your skin type.
Holos comes to us from Co. Wexford and specialises in plant-based aromatherapy skincare. Catering for both men and women, young and old, you’ll find some treat for your skin. Not only is Holos Irish–based, but, as an added bonus, all of their products are hand–made and cruelty-free.
Pestle and Mortar
Founder Sonia Deasy named the company after the tools that herself, and generations of men in her family, used while practising medicine. This can tell you a lot about the company. While there is a serious focus on the science of skincare, much emphasis is placed on the medicinal traditions that have been passed down through family generations. This Co. Kildare company is doing well for itself, having won a 2016 Cosmopolitan Beauty Award.
Finally, this Cork-based company focuses purely on healthy ingredients, with founder Tracy Ryan claiming to use edible ingredients in Bia Beauty’s products. Hence the name Bia Beauty, with bia being the Irish word for food.