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Sabrina Elba Celebrates African Ingredients in Her New Skincare Line

Sabrina Elba, alongside her husband Idris Elba, is making waves in the beauty industry with their innovative skincare line inspired by traditional African ingredients.

This new venture, S’Able Labs, draws from the rich heritage and natural resources of Africa to create products that cater specifically to melanated skin, combating common issues like hyperpigmentation and acne.

As a UN Goodwill Ambassador and a savvy entrepreneur, Sabrina Elba's journey to creating S’Able Labs is both personal and profound. In a captivating interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she reminisced about her struggles with acne during her teenage years. The high-end products she initially used only exacerbated her skin issues, leading her mother to step in with natural remedies rooted in their Somali heritage.

Using a blend of African botanicals, Sabrina’s mother was able to transform her skin, a tradition that would later inspire the foundation of S’Able Labs.

“I grew up watching [my mom] make [her] own products and face masks and DIY, everything in the kitchen,” Sabrina recalls fondly. “I think that was probably, I mean for sure the influence that led me to adding these African botanicals into the [S’Able Labs] skincare range.”

Teaming up with her actor husband Idris Elba, Sabrina has crafted a line that not only honors their African roots but also promises to deliver powerful results. The couple’s brand leverages the unique properties of ingredients like turmeric, okra, qasil, and black seed—each known for their antioxidant and skin-healing properties.

“The fact that we come from East Africa and [Idris] is from West Africa and this sort of continental theme, African theme, this Pan-African theme … what I realized, and sort of become addicted to is these stories and heritage pieces around these ingredients and these customs,” Sabrina explains.

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S’Able Labs offers a range of luxurious products that are as effective as they are meaningful. Their lineup includes:

Okra Face Serum:

A nutrient-rich serum designed to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.

Qasil Cleanser:

A gentle yet powerful cleanser that uses the natural cleansing properties of qasil.

Blackseed Toner:

A refreshing toner that helps balance the skin’s pH while delivering potent antioxidants.

Baobab Moisturizer:

A deeply hydrating moisturizer that harnesses the nourishing benefits of baobab oil.

Qasil Exfoliating Mask:

An exfoliating mask that gently buffs away dead skin cells, revealing a radiant complexion.

The products, priced between $24 and $75, offer an accessible entry into a skincare regime that marries tradition with modern skincare science.

Sabrina is passionate about the integrity and efficacy behind S’Able Labs. “This has integrity behind it and an efficacy there,” she emphasizes. “And I want to show people that African ingredients are so powerful.”

Integrating these time-honored African ingredients into her skincare line, Sabrina Elba not only addresses the unique needs of melanated skin but also celebrates and preserves her heritage. S’Able Labs stands as a testament to the power of nature, tradition, and innovation, promising to make a significant impact in the beauty industry.



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