Based in Ireland, Poko is a vegan and cruelty free skincare company that aims to transform your skincare routine using natural ingredients infused with high-quality CBD to supercharge your skin. At Poko, there's a product for everyone – no matter your age, gender, or skin type. Furthermore, Poko's entire line doesn't contain any harmful ingredients or additives. They're free from parabens, silicones, and synthetic substances. This means that they're safe, for even the most sensitive skin types.
Why We Do It
Poko was created from a passion to improve problematic skin. Poko’s Co-Founder, Justine O’Hanlon, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormonal disorder which is common among women of reproductive age. Justine’s skin was an area of contention for her since signs of PCOS started to show on her skin with aggressive hormonal acne at just 12 years old. Having visited her GP several times, trying all sorts of tablets and topical steroid creams, she continued to struggle with a worsening condition throughout the years.
“I tried everything my doctor gave me, convincing myself the next cream would be the one, which was never the case. The contraceptive pill helped me manage my symptoms for a long time, but I didn’t want to use this forever and when I came off it, my acne flared up again.”
Eventually, she got diagnosed with PCOS many years later at 25 and that’s when she finally began to look at and understand her skin in a different way. Her passion to find skincare that truly helped hormonal breakouts like you see with women who have PCOS came from wanting to improve her own skin but also to help improve others.
1 in 10 women in Ireland and 1 in 5 women in the UK suffer from PCOS, which is only one of many hormonal imbalances that affect the skin. After learning more about PCOS and the statistics around it, she knew there had to be more people out there that felt the same.
“Being diagnosed with PCOS really helped me to look at my skin in a very different way. I have this condition which isn’t going away, so I tackle it differently and I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle. When I do get breakouts, often around my time of the month or if I’m dealing with heavy stress, I now feel confident that I can manage it.”
How We Do It
You might be asking yourself - ‘what makes Poko different from all of the other products I’ve tried?’ The answer is CBD.
Having worked as Creative Director and then CEO of his marketing company that focused heavily in the CBD space in the US & Canada, Justine approached her business partner David Hughes with the concept of Poko in early 2019.
After many attempts at finding solutions to feel comfortable with her skin, the same information about CBD kept coming up – that its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties were effective in treating acne, and she just couldn’t let it go. Hence, the idea of Poko was conceived.
Our bodies already have a naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System which comprises CB1 and CB2 receptors. In the skin, the purpose of this system is to help maintain healthy skin function.
Once CBD enters the epidermis, it penetrates to the basal and subcutaneous layers, where it helps calm inflammation, reduces blemishes, purifies pores, balances sebum production, and assists with cellular turnover.
The European Journal of Pain showed that when applied to the skin, CBD could alleviate pain and inflammation and is high in antioxidants and has anti-aging properties.
Creating a CBD skincare range was a eureka moment, if ever there was one!
Our Mission & Values
Our mission is simple – to transform your life with natural skincare products made with skin-loving ingredients.
We combine the best of both worlds by using natural ingredients that are backed by science. Our amazing skincare products simply solve skincare issues. Revive dull, tired skin and help tame outbreaks with Poko skincare products. Use them on their own or combine them with your current skincare regime.
Keep Poko products cruelty free
We’ve never worked with companies that test on animals and we never will.
Make every Poko product vegan friendly
We hear you vegan brothers and sisters! Even our matrixyl collagen comes from plants.
No harmful ingredients in our products
Our faces are beautiful and delicate. Let’s keep them that way and leave nasty chemicals on the shelf.
Change the way people think about their skin
At Poko, we want people to learn about their skin type and educate them about ingredients they need for healthier skin.
Make skincare products for everyone
Everyone’s skin is different but our products are gentle enough for you, no matter your age, gender or skin type.
Provide products for problem skin
Poko offers an affordable solution for problematic skin without losing their luxurious quality.
Keeping our core values in mind, we only use natural ingredients in each of our products. Oh, and they’re all vegan friendly and cruelty free too! We take a simple approach when selecting our ingredients, using plant and fruit extracts found in nature to create a balanced skincare regime. Learn more about our ingredients.
Our customers have said that our Ultra Hydrating Moisturiser has made their skin “feel hydrated and radiant after using”, and we have aloe vera to thank for that. Being huge advocates of CBD skincare products, we also want to inform the world of how these natural ingredients can help. To do so, we pack our Blog full of skincare tips, easy routines, an in-depth look at our products, and much more.
Despite being a young brand, Poko has already received multiple award nominations. Shortlisted for the 2022 and 2020 ASOS Beauty Awards, Poko received nominations for ‘Brand of the Year’ at the 2020 Destination Deluxe Skincare Awards and ‘Best CBD Product’ at the 2020 Your Healthy Living Awards, also scooping two additional 2021 nominations in the latter for ‘Best CBD Oil’ and ‘Best Beauty Product’. Our eye cream has also won both Silver for ‘Best Correcting Eye Treatment Cream’ and Green for ‘Best Natural Eye Treatment Cream’ at the 2021 Beauty Bible Awards.
We’re also rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot, with 95% of our reviews being 5 stars. Explore our reviews here.
In The Press
Former Ireland rugby star Rob Kearney has added to his business interests, following an investment in Irish CBD skincare brand Poko.
The cruelty free, vegan skincare brand is a business that (Rob) Kearney says aligns with his core values.
As a brand, Poko care about offering effective products that are not only kind to your skin, but also kind to animals and the environment.
Poko deliver the best in holistic skin care by combining the innovation of cannabidiol with tried-and-tested, skin-loving natural ingredients.
Natural CBD skincare that can enhance your routine.
Let’s glow with CBD. Gentle and effective on all skin types, Poko’s CBD range will leave you looking radiant
With so many promising qualities, it’s no wonder the brand is adored by so many people up and down the country, including rugby ace Rob Kearney.
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