The official end of summer is approaching us, and we’re here to help you avoid a skincare rut and keep your glowing skin through the cooler months. Here, we offer the best of the best for African-American skin. 

KATE SOMERVILLE Quench Hydrating Face Serum ($65.00, sephora.com)

Keeping our skin hydrated in the upcoming months is an absolute must with all the sun exposure we experienced in the summer. Your skin might be patchy and dry, and its tone uneven. This serum is our safety choice to help counteract all of those problems.

NARS Double Refining Exfoliator ($34.00, sephora.com)

Exfoliating is important all year round, but in order to truly say goodbye to summer, you must get rid of the dull/flaky skin the season left you with. What you should look for in an exfoliator is its ability to cleanse pores and remove dead skin cells without being harsh on the skin.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($7.79, walgreens.com)

Your focus at the end of the summer in regard to cleansing should be to gently, yet consistently remove debris from your pores. That’s why we suggest this product! It’s definitely a favorite: it does all the work of a cleanser but is gentle, which is what exactly the skin needs.

Aveeno Smart Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30 ($17.49, ulta.com)

Don’t toss out the SPF just yet. The sun still comes out in the fall, and protection is still necessary. We love this super moisturizing lotion. It’s not too heavy, and keeps skin supple all day long.

—Ashley Okwuosa