Tennis star Naomi Osaka is not only hoping to make an impact in the world of sports, but also in the skincare industry.
After being named Louis Vuitton’s newest global ambassador in January 2021, the four-time Grand Slam champion, according to Business of Fashion, is currently working to launch KINLÒ, a sun and skincare brand, specifically formulated to meet the needs of darker-skinned people, especially athletes.
The name KINLÒ is reportedly a homage to Osaka’s Japanese and Haitian descent. “Kin” means “gold” in Japanese, “lò” also means “gold” in Haitian Creole.
To achieve this, Naomi Osaka and the KINLÒ team partnered with Dr Naana Boakye, a Ghanaian-American dermatologist with experience in treating darker, melanin-rich skin tones, to design and ensure that the product formulations meet the needs of melanated skin tones.
Dr Naana Boakye is also a lifestyle medicine physician and owner of Bergen Dermatology, where she offers a full range of cosmetic, surgical and medical dermatology services.
As a dermatologist who specializes in the health and appearance of the skin, creating products with scientifically-backed ingredients that have the ability to nurture the skin and optimize its health is Dr Boakye’s passion.
According to her, she works a bit differently than most other dermatologists because “I like to get to know my patients so we can build a long-term relationship that benefits their skin as well as their overall wellness.”
“This idea came from an ‘A-HA moment’ when I realized I could better serve my patients by casting a wider net that addressed the connection between their skin and their lives as a whole. In fact, I had started practising ‘lifestyle medicine’ well before I discovered there was a name for this integrated approach to looking and feeling good both inside and out,” she indicated on her page.
She is also the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Karité, a luxury shea butter-based skincare line she co-founded with her sisters – Abena Slowe and Akua Okunseinde. Karité products feature high concentrations of raw, unrefined shea butter and palm oil sustainably sourced directly from Ghana.
Dr Naana Boakye obtained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Biochemistry from Wellesley College in 1999. She later obtained her Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Epidemiology from George Washington University and her Medical Degree (M.D.) from Temple University. She completed her dermatology residency at State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she also served as Chief Resident. She also has a board certification from the American Academy of Dermatology.
In addition to her job as a dermatologist, Dr Boakye also offers telemedicine-based services in several states across the United States.
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