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.