The 7 Best Natural Moisturizers To Slather On Your Face This Winter

Goodbye, winter itch!

January 22, 2018
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Time to get down to business with your moisturizer, your skin’s best cold weather friend. Freezing temps and cold, dry winds all take their toll—especially our faces, which are constantly exposed to the elements. Our outermost layer of skin, the biologically complex stratum corneum, depends on large amounts of water for optimal health. If this outer layer gets too dry, your skin acts out by becoming itchy, scaly, leathery, or inflamed—all unattractive behaviors. But daily use of a moisturizer, especially in winter, offers the shield you need to preserve your skin’s inherent elasticity. (Know the 4 biggest enemies of your dry winter skin.)

Even if you do use a moisturizer religiously, certain synthetic chemicals, such as parabens, not only can disrupt your hormones but can also act as a common skin allergen. Choosing an organic or all natural moisturizer, free of the usual toxic suspects, makes the best sense for your skin—and body’s—equilibrium. Narrowing the field to the clean and green helps, but there’s still an overwhelming array of options. So how do you separate the balms from the busts?

To help you pick a winner, two experts weighed in on their favorite natural moisturizers.

Whitney Bowe, MD, New York City-based dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin, recommends the following three moisturizers for their effective hydrating properties, clean ingredient list, and protective merits.

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Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

Velvety smooth, and refreshingly scent neutral, this clean, thoughtful formulation of six African oils manages to feel intensely hydrating without any stickiness. The cream glides on but dries to a matte finish—no greasy residue. Plus, the company’s creed is to source sustainable ingredients and eschew what they call the “Suspicious 6” in their products (essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS).

Buy it: $60, Amazon.com

Related: 20 Little Ways To Nurture Yourself This Winter

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Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

A chemical-free sunscreen that actually leaves no pasty residue is worth its weight in skincare gold. This one does the trick, providing natural sunscreen plus a burst of hydration, courtesy of responsibly-sourced argan and jojoba oil. Twin powers zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide a steady physical shield against the sun—but become wondrously translucent upon application.

For an extra bonus, a patented blend of antioxidants including green tea brightens up complexion doldrums.

Buy it: $59, amazon.com

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goop by Juice Beauty Revitalizing Day Moisturizer

This easily absorbed lightweight lotion boasts a rigorously clean, predominantly organic, ingredient list. Packed with vitamins, oils, plants, and flowers, this moisturizer also incorporates meristem technology, a fancy word for plant stem cells, derived from Poet’s Daffodil and Sweet Iris, to counter inflammation and dullness. Although pricey, the high-tech blend of potent botanicals can brighten skin tone naturally—without the involvement of harmful chemicals.

Buy it: $100, goop.com

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Jessa Blades, an herbalist and makeup artist based in NY and LA, is immersed in the natural skincare industry and has plenty of experience evaluating a brand’s bonafides. She chose the following four moisturizers as the best of the organic/natural pack. Bonus tip from Blades: “Applying moisturizer on moist skin helps it penetrate deeper.” She recommends spritzing your face with a hydrosol to seal in any moisture you apply. (Herbal hydrosols are essential oils' safer, more versatile cousins—here's 3 reasons to use them.)

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Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

Billed as a medicine cabinet hero, this cream lives up to its hype. Simultaneously weightless and sumptuously rich, this fast-absorbing cream disappears instantly into parched skin. Chockfull of antioxidants and omega fatty acids—black currant, calendula, and sea buckthorn—this mainly organic cream delivers the goods but without the grease. The cream’s subtle scent, a blend of neroli and sandalwood, provides a welcome hit of soothing aromatherapy that lingers throughout the day.

Buy it: $48, Amazon.com

Related: The Most Toxic Stuff In Your Drugstore Makeup—And 8 Natural Brands To Try Instead

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Earth Tu Face Face Balm

This 100% plant-based line, created by two California-based herbalists, does not compromise on integrity. Free off any kind of chemical or fragrance, this ultra clean formulation would be a good choice for those with extra sensitive skin. A concentrated repair cream drenched in hydrating super-botanicals such as immortelle flowers and rose petals, you can practically feel your skin cells drinking in the luxurious bouquet of oils.

Buy it: $68, Amazon.com

 
 
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The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream

With the highest proportion of organic ingredients of the bunch, this cream combines honey with bio actives such ginger, gotu kola, and marigold to stimulate cell regeneration, aka glow. The cream’s natural fragrance offers another potent perk—a sustained, delightful whiff of the equivalent of burying your nose in a field of roses. Heaven!

Buy it: $62, Amazon.com

Related: 6 Natural Cures For Dry Skin

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Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm

A spot treatment for super dry areas, this balm, rich in chia’s essential fatty acids, targets—and quenches—dry areas anywhere on your face and body. Free of toxic chemicals, and favoring organic and wild crafted ingredients, this heavy-duty moisturizer dissolves on contact to deeply nourish the skin barrier. Orange blossom essential oil goodness gives you a fragrance boost as the rest of oils and butters do the heavy lifting.

Try it: $42, Amazon.com