Dryness, tightness and dullness of the skin are just some of the not-so-joyful tidings that the arrival of fall brings. As the memories of summer begin to fade away and the cool days of autumn begin to set in, it’s the perfect time to invest in the beauty and skincare products that will keep your skin rich and dewy no matter the weather.
Whether your top shelf needs an update from last winter or you’re looking to curate a whole new regimen, a fresh supply of skincare products made by emerging Black-owned beauty brands using organic and natural African ingredients is always a good idea. Read on for easy ways to infuse some luxury into your beauty routine for glowing skin that will last all of fall and beyond.
Ilera Discovery Set by Ilera Apothecary
The Discovery Set from plant-based skincare brand Ilera Apothecary is a good starting point for curating a beauty regimen for the upcoming cold-weather season. Consisting of 14 trial-size jars of the brand’s organic cleansers and moisturizing lotions, the kit is your very own home-based apothecary. The Clarifying Face Mask contains activated charcoal and bentonite clay for eliminating impurities while the Revitalizing Night Oil is the perfect way to end the day—the blend of apricot kernels, grapeseed oil and jojoba oil works to regenerate skin cells while you sleep, giving you radiant and glowing skin in the morning.
Ivory Shea Butter by LIHA Beauty
Used for centuries as a natural way to protect and regenerate the skin, shea butter is the not-so-secret weapon in many a beauty routine and the Ivory Shea Butter by skincare brand LIHA Beauty is as organic as they come. Sourced directly from Ghana in West Africa, it has a pleasant vanilla-like fragrance with a crumbly texture and a light hue that gives it its name. With a potent concentration of vitamins A and E, LIHA’s shea butter is a hydrating moisturizer that works on all skin types and is great for combating the dryness that comes with the harsh fall and winter weather.
Nail Polishes by For TMRW
The warm and autumnal tones that are associated with fall do not only apply to your clothes wardrobe. Dressing your nails in shiny, mood-boosting hues is an uplifting way to start the season and nail varnishes from lifestyle brand For TMRW is poised to take your nail game to the next level. Founded by clean-beauty proponent Maia Alejandro, the New York-based brand specializes in non-toxic, cruelty-free polishes in rich hues that add a pop of color wherever you go. Choose from mossy green shades and glossy nude colors such as the award-winning For Later or For Silk polish, which has been described as like “a warm, cozy blanket” for your hands. Enough said.
Idan Oil by LIHA Beauty
Named after the Yoruba word for “magic”, the Idan Oil by LIHA more than lives up to its moniker. It’s made up of cold-pressed coconut oil infused with a fragrant tuberose flower, which makes it the perfect post-shower balm, thanks to its warming and moisturizing qualities. The super absorbent oil works its way into the skin for a long-lasting smoothness that goes beyond the surface. Use it on your body, in your hair and your face, hands and feet for all-over nourishment.