The Quick & Dirty FAQ

About Umoja:

What is the Umoja Promise?

We promise to only provide natural products that have been personally tested and approved by the team! We ensure that all products are free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates so you can have the best possible experience. All of our products are cruelty-free and many are vegan! 

Skincare:

What products are in a skincare routine?

A skin care routine can be as long or short as you make it. Common skincare routines consist of a cleanser, toner, essence, serum, eye cream, mask, face oil, moisturizer, and sunscreen. 

Does the order I apply my products matter?

The skin’s job is to keep things out, but many of the skin care products we use have ingredients we want to get in. Applying them in the right order ensures that the products are absorbed fully and we get the best benefits.

What order should I apply my products in the morning?

STEP 1: CLEANSER

STEP 2: TONER

 STEP 3: ANTIOXIDANT SERUM

STEP 4: EYE CREAM

STEP 5: SPOT TREATMENT

STEP 6: MOISTURIZER 

Step 7: SUNSCREEN

What order should I apply my products in the night?

STEP 1: (DOUBLE) CLEANSER

STEP 2: TONERS, ESSENCES AND BOOSTERS

STEP 3: EYE CREAM

STEP 4: TREATMENT SERUMS, CREAMS AND PADS

STEP 5: HYDRATING MASK OR FACE OIL

STEP 6: MOISTURIZER OR NIGHT CREAM

How do I find out my skin type?

Typically, skin is classified in a few common categories, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. If you have combination skin, it means your skin is one type in one area and another type in another area (oily around your T-zone but normal everywhere else, for instance). Your skin type can change over time and can also be affected by factors such as hormones, medications, and diet. To get a good idea of what your skin type might be, wash it gently and leave it product-free for several hours before examining it closely to observe different areas.

What’s the best way to handle sensitive skin?

Be gentle with it! Always wash sensitive skin gently, and never use harsh cleansers. Avoid products that contain irritating substances and chemicals. Umoja has worked to source natural products that are better for sensitive skin. Consult your dermatologist before using to be sure. 

How do I know if a product is right for me?

Sometimes, there is no way to tell for sure unless you try it. Usually, however, you can make an educated guess by examining the product’s label and ingredient list. Umoja sources products that are natural and free of chemicals! 

What can I change in my day to day for better skin?

• Lower the temperature in your shower: Long, hot showers will dry out your skin. Keep the water warm, not hot and the shower or bath short.
• Use the right cleanser for your skin type: If your skin is dry, look for a product that hydrates. If you wear a lot of makeup, use a product designed to remove it. Try sample sizes until you find the cleanser that looks and feels best to you - this isn't a one size fits all situation.
• Pat your skin dry: A little water left on your skin helps add moisture.
• Apply an appropriate moisturizer immediately after showering: It should be light and not overly greasy.
• Protect yourself from UV rays: Buy skincare products that have SPF protection. 

Ayurveda:

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda means the science of life! it is a centuries-old knowledge and system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in the body and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. Ayurveda is designed to balance the body through the right diet, routine, and skin-care system personalized to you. 

What are some benefits of Ayurvedic herbs?

Some common ayurvedic herbs are

Aloe Vera: has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and various healing properties. As a beauty tonic, it is known to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and decrease facial wrinkles. It also increases elasticity and collagen production.

Neem: Clears acne, acne scars and pigmentation, treats wounds and rashes, prevents blackheads. It's antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. 

Turmeric: Known for treating many skin-related disorders. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is clinically proven to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-neoplastic properties.

Sandlewood: Oil of sandalwood (Santalum album L) has been traditionally used in India as a medicinal Ayurvedic herb for the treatment of inflammatory and eruptive skin diseases. This fragrant herb can treat inflammation and bacterial related skin disorders while also acting as a delightful perfume. 

Other:

What is a jade roller?

Jade rollers have actually been a staple in Chinese skincare routines since the 7th century. They are can be made of beautiful green jade or pink quartz, and are believed to have healing and protective properties for the skin, including boosting blood circulation, reducing swelling, and allowing for deeper penetration of skincare products. 

How do I use a jade roller?

Simply wash your face, apply an oil and roll away all over your skin. It is said that not only does this help with circulation, but it also helps your oils or serums to reach a deeper level of your skin. Think of it as a massage tool: Roll back and forth, up and down and side to side, working around your facial contours and adding a little more pressure with the upwards motions. Jade rolling can help with lymph drainage if you start rolling from your nose as the central starting point, then rolling outward to the sides of your face; start in the middle of your chin and roll towards your ears; start at the top of your neck and roll down towards your chest. This rolling path is said to help your skin detoxify.

What are the benefits of jade rolling?

Jade rollers have many benefits for healing and protecting the skin, including boosting blood circulation, reducing swelling, and allowing for deeper penetration of skincare products.