Today we’d like to introduce you to Sadatu Hage.
Hi Sadatu, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
BeauT2 Skin started as a way to relieve my personal problems and later became a line that would help others as well. As a child, I grew up with eczema.
In colder months, my skin would be itchy, dry, and flaky always. I would get made fun of in school. I vividly remember a teacher in 6th grade asking all the students to hold hands, a total invasion of personal space, and this one kid saying, “I don’t want to hold Sadatu’s hand, it’s so dry and rough”. How embarrassing!
My parents did the best they could with the limited knowledge they had. They used lotions of all sorts, oatmeal soaks, and even petroleum jelly. Yet nothing worked. Luckily for me, during the summer months, my skin thrived. It was soft, moist, and tanned.
As I approached High School, I started to wonder why my eczema was seasonal and knew that I had to do everything in my power to get it together before I become a reject in high school. Keep in mind, that I grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. A very privileged and caucasian county and my family was in fact the complete opposite, marginalized and African.
Interestingly enough it was getting in touch with my natural hair that really helped me to learn more about my heritage, skin, and culture. I got heavy into the natural hair community on Youtube, specifically the LOC method. L stands for leave-in, O for oil, and C for cream.
Following this method help my dry, thin, low porosity hair retain moisture and grow. I dabbled with different, leave-in conditioners, oils, and creams until I found the perfect combination for my hair type. I skipped the leave-in and subbed it just for a liquid, water. The best oils that worked for me were grapeseed oil, avocado oil, hemp seed oil, and rosehip oil. And my holy grail for creams was shea butter.
In college, when you’re really on your own, I thought if this method could work for my hair, why wouldn’t it work for my skin. And thus BeauT2 was born, an all-natural skincare line with an African heritage. African because I went back to the source. I started to research all the different natural resources that the entire continent of Africa, specifically the West, had to offer and I tried them all.
Not only for my skin but also for my hair. I got heavy into skincare during Covid when there was nothing else to do, making sure I cleaned, nourished, and moisturized twice daily. I absolutely LOVED the results. The Korean Skincare Routine was so interesting to me. I thought, why not make an African Skincare routine, an 8-10 step system to youthful buoyant skin using natural ingredients indigenous to Africa.
Two years later, BeauT2 Skin is an all-natural 5-step system including an exfoliant, cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer. Through the process and telling my story, I’ve found that there are plenty of people who experience the same skin issues that I had faced or all creeds and backgrounds, and I am so happy that I am able to talk about it and even provide multiple solutions that are super inclusive.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
In life, I don’t think any journey is ever super smooth but I believe that the challenges along the way are what make everything worth it.
One of the biggest challenges I faced during the process was trusting the process. Understanding that Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will your skin challenges dissipate in one day or even a month. Staying consistent is the name of the game.
This goes for just loving myself despite blemishes and continuing to push and revitalize my products even if it doesn’t work for everybody. I’ve found that some people are allergic to shea butter, or coconut oil. And the biggest struggle is African Black Soap being too drying for older more mature skin.
So pivoting and want to find new innovations for certain groups of people because my biggest goal is to create a product that is 100% inclusive. Then… there’s the biggest challenge of understanding that I will not be able to provide for everyone and being ok with that.
As you know, we’re big fans of BeauT2 Skin. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
BeauT2™ (pronounced “beauty too”) Skin is an ecologically sustainable skincare line that arrives straight from the heart of our world, Africa.
Our philosophy stems from a place of knowing that we, as human beings, are made of the Earth by the Earth and so we must do all in our power to honor our Mother Earth. Not only is our line all natural and vegan but it is also, cruelty, BPA, and PVC free!
We use only the finest organic unrefined rich butter and oils, imported directly from the motherland. The luxury of our products is unmatched. The BeauT2™ Skin Original line is extremely malleable and versatile. The products can be used on any type of skin from normal to combination, dry to oily.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
As a child, I was very smart but never did my homework because I didn’t understand why homework was needed if I could pass each and every test with flying colors. I loved math the most. That was my favorite subject and I am amazing at it. With that being said, I was very sarcastic and felt like I knew it all, lol.
I was a tomboy and hated dresses, dolls, and pink. My best friend was my cousin a year older than me and we would play outside all day long. I loved sports, it did not matter what type of sport but swimming was the go-to. I also played the cello since 8 years old. I didn’t have many friends but everyone knew who I was.
My mom kept me in the church and we were there 4/7 days a week. In 10th grade, I moved from Virginia to Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from Detroit School of Arts later to get a scholarship to Michigan State University for the orchestra. I denied it and instead went to Michigan State University for Advanced Mathematics.
- Exfoliating Scrub: $12
- African Black Soap Cleanser: $12
- Rose water Toner: $12
- Turmeric Serum: $15
- Moisturizing Butter: $12
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