Buttah Skincare was created by actor Dorion Renaud after his lifelong journey of skin struggles. As a teenager, Renaud struggled with acne and dark spots because no one he knew with melanin-rich skin ever talked about skin care or addressed his skin concerns. He tried a few quick-fix solutions that did more harm than good. Even seeking help from leading dermatologists did not seem to help. When Renaud was 18 he began modeling, and makeup offered an effective camouflage. The camouflaging continued when he joined the cast of BET’s College Hill. At that point, he was so accustomed to having makeup on every day that when they stopped filming, he was shocked to see how his skin looked without it.
While working on a modeling job, Renaud finally stumbled upon a solution when a photographer told him to apply shea butter to give his skin more of a glow. He was a little afraid that it might cause clogged pores and breakouts, but the good news is that it didn’t. Instead, it helped him to finally achieve glowing skin. Next, he discovered the benefits of using a vitamin C serum and how effective it was in transforming his complexion when combined with a gentle cleanser and shea butter. Renaud had found his go-to problem/solution skincare system — the perfect trio that finally gave him smooth, even, radiant skin. He created Buttah Skincare for men and women with melanin-rich skin who are searching for products that work. Buttah Skincare combines ingredients derived from natural sources with hi-tech formulations that work together to give skin amazing results.
There are four products in the Buttah Skincare line, including a cleanser, facial shea butter, vitamin C serum, and whipped body butter.
Buttah Skincare Cleanser is said to gently lift away dirt, oil, debris and slough off dead surface cells that cause dullness. It helps to maintain the skin’s normal pH, as well as oil and moisture balance, leaving your skin smooth, hydrated, and healthy.
Buttah Skincare Facial Shea Butter is a rich, non-comedogenic facial moisturizer designed to hydrate the skin while protecting it from environmental assault and inflammation – no matter your skin type.
Buttah Skincare Vitamin C Serum is a daily treatment designed to revitalize the skin and target dark spots and hyperpigmentation, resulting in smoother, radiant complexion.
Buttah Skincare Whipped Body Butter is similar to the Facial Shea Butter and is designed to hydrate the skin while protecting it from environmental assault and inflammation. It is said to instantly melt with the warmth of the skin to deeply penetrate and deliver essential nutrients where your skin needs it most.
Next we will discuss the formulation details for each of the key products in the Buttah Skincare line.
Buttah Skincare Cleanser contains several surfactants derived from coconut, such as disodium cocoamphodiacetate, sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, and cocamidopropyl betaine. A surfactant works by lowering the surface tension between two substances, such as two liquids or a liquid and a solid. A surfactant molecule contains one end that is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and one end that is lipophilic (attracted to oil). This allows surfactants to attract and suspends oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away, leaving the skin clean. Buttah Skincare Cleanser also contains a small amount of citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).
The only ingredient in both the Facial Shea Butter and the Whipped Body Butter is 100% pure organic virgin shea butter imported from Africa. Shea butter contains the following fatty acids: oleic acid (40 to 60%), stearic acid (20 to 50%), linoleic acid (3 to 11%), palmitic acid (2 to 9%), and arachidic acid (less than 1%). The rich supply of triglycerides and fatty acids in shea butter help to replenish the skin’s natural barrier function. Shea butter functions as an emollient that works to soften and soothe the skin. Since shea butter melts at body temperature, it is able to coat the skin and form an occlusive film. This film helps to prevent evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture and increases skin hydration by causing buildup of water in the stratum corneum (the uppermost layer of skin).
Buttah Skincare Vitamin C Serum contains pure vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C provides several benefits to the skin, such as protecting against free radicals, stimulating collagen production, fading dark spots, and improving uneven skin tone. While ascorbic acid is the most chemically active form of vitamin C, it is also the least stable form, which means that it oxidizes the easiest. When ascorbic acid becomes oxidized it loses its potency and ultimately becomes ineffective. Fortunately, Buttah Skincare Vitamin C Serum is packaged in an opaque bottle in order to prevent oxidation from air and light. Buttah Skincare Vitamin C Serum features several more powerful antioxidants, including retinyl palmitate, vitamin E, and ferulic acid. Unfortunately, there is only a very small amount of both vitamin E and ferulic acid in this formula (less than 1%). We know this by looking at the ingredient list (which is in order of descending concentrations). Both of these ingredients are listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol, which cannot be used in concentrations more than 1%.
The reviews for Buttah Skincare are positive, however, there are very few reviews for the products on the brand’s website. For example, Buttah Skincare Cleanser has received nine 5-star reviews and three 4-star reviews. Most of the reviews mention that the cleanser helps the skin feel clean, fresh, and bright. There are two 5-star reviews for Buttah Skincare Facial Shea Butter, which state that it absorbs quickly and leaves the skin glowing. Buttah Skincare Vitamin C Serum has six 5-star reviews, with most of the reviews saying this serum softens, moisturizes, and makes skin glow. Lastly, Buttah Skincare Whipped Body Butter has only one review but it is 5-star and mentions that this product has helped to fade dark spots.