The Best Clean and Non-Toxic Face Moisturizers
Using an excellent face moisturizer is always an essential step in your day and night skincare routine but as soon as the temperatures drop and the weather conditions worsen, using the right moisturizer can save your skin. “In general, richer creams, and by richer, I mean richer in terms of their oil concentrations, are the best for the skin [during the winter months.]” shared, James Vivian of James Vivian Dermal Therapies. But, he also points out that we still need to be conscious of our skin type when picking a more hydrating face cream, lotion or oil. The most important tip to getting the most out of your moisturizer is picking the right product for your skin needs. What provides the right amount of hydration for someone with oily skin will probably not lock in enough moisture for someone with dry or dehydrated skin. Another tip is to apply your moisturizer immediately after cleansing when skin is still slightly damp. This helps to lock in the moisture and ensures your skin absorbs product well. Other tips include layering your products in the right order, remember thinnest to thickest, and one of the most important tips is to always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, even in the winter time! In MAED’s Guide to Winter Skin, Part Two, we broke down the right moisturizers for each skin type, below is a list of our favorite face moisturizers for winter skin needs.
Ursa Major "Golden Hour Recovery Cream"
100% naturally derived and made from mostly (81%) organic ingredients. This cream is wonderfully rich and extraordinarily hydrating, as well as protects against free radical damage. Sandalwood and rose help to soothe redness and even out skin tone, while sea buckthorn and sunflower help skin retain moisture and elasticity. This recovery cream is best suitable for dry or sensitive skin. A dime-size goes a long way. $48
Avalon Organics "Intense Defense with Vitamin C, Oil-Free Moisturizer"
A perfect for ‘winter face’ lotion that nourishes, repairs, firms and protects. Vitamin C helps to brighten skin, neutralize free radicals, naturally boost collagen by stimulating cellular renewal and help elastin production. Hello, rejuvenated skin. The oil-free formula makes this moisturizer suitable for normal, sensitive or oily skin types. Antioxidant full, super lightweight and grease free with a beautiful citrus scent. Plus you can not beat the affordable price. $13
Kora "Noni Glow Face Oil"
Certified organic extract from a tropical fruit called Noni, pomegranate oil, rosehip extract, and sea buckthorn oil fuse to become a rich in antioxidants and in essential fatty acids product, that is both delicate and powerful. This luxurious oil fights dullness, helps with uneven texture and skin tone, all while keeping the skin hydrated and looking plump. An absolute favorite of model and Kora Organics’ founder Miranda Kerr. $68
Boscia "Cactus Water Moisturizer"
This cactus-water based moisturizer is one of the lightest on our list. While this beauty industry favorite may have been deemed a warm weather moisturizer when it launched this summer, it still is hydrating enough for the right skin type during the winter months. The cactus water is said to rev up facial hydration without leaving any heavy residue behind. It’s also so quickly absorbed by the skin that it makes for a great day-time, underneath makeup moisturizer. Ideal for sensitive skin. $38
Pure 100% "Restorative Sea Culture Extra Riche Creme"
If you’re looking for a deep moisturizer that will also help with elasticity but won’t clog your pores, you’ve found it. This cream contains antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and nutrient-rich sea minerals. Red algae and seaweed plump the skin while hyaluronic acid and chia water help deliver all-day hydration to thirsty skin, leaving you with a healthy, soft and nourished complexion. This product works well for dry or mature skin and is also perfect for spot treating small dry, flaky patches that arise from extreme winter weather. $49
Lavido "Ultra Day Moisture Cream"
Utilizing raw, plant-based ingredients, this mid-weight nourishing facial cream combines rich omega 6 acids, vitamins and cold pressed organic evening primrose oil in order to revitalize lackluster winter skin. Formulated for both day and night skincare needs, this cream will balance and comfort the skin. A gentle oil, extracted from calendula flowers reduces winter redness and irritation. Best for normal to oily skin types. $45
OSEA Malibu "Atmosphere Protection Cream"
Not only does this lightweight moisturizer hydrate, but it also protects. Naturally rich in essential fatty acids, this product is excellent at conditioning skin during harsh climates by providing a protective barrier against dry air, wind and air pollution. Algae extracts hydrate your dry skin while avocado oil and jojoba seed oil plump fine lines and fight the appearance of wrinkles. Pure lavender and geranium deliver a sweet aroma but also act as natural skin soothers. $48
Trilogy "Certified Organic Rosehip Oil"
If you’re combating tight, dry, itchy skin then this is dry, non-greasy, face oil is perfect for you. Trilogy ensures the finest quality oil with a minimum 80% essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6) and fatty acid (omega 9) content sourced from the mountainous regions of Chile and South Africa. This powerful and pure, certified organic rosehip oil is highly effective for a variety of skin concerns like rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema. With numerous valuable healing benefits like skin cell turnover and reduced skin hyperpigmentation, this natural moisturizer is excellent for all skin types. $23