What Is The Best Natural Moisturizer For Your Face?
You want to support your skin's natural beauty, so it makes sense to reach for a natural moisturizer. You can hydrate your skin and help it heal without all the harsh chemicals that come in overly processed products.
Over the years, we've gathered intel and gained experience with respect to great natural moisturizing options. We are happy to share our favorite finds as well as ways to incorporate intentional self-care into your beauty ritual.
Here are our five favorite natural moisturizers:
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1. Juara Face Ritual for Normal to Dry Skin
When people talk about moisturizers, many limit the discussion to lotions and creams. We'd like to point out that keeping skin hydrated and healthy requires more than simply smattering on a layer of lotion before heading outside or off to bed.
So how does a person know which products - and in what order - will work to make the complexion healthy and radiant?
JUARA has taken the guesswork out of glowing skin, by creating a simple skin care routine that achieves stellar results. The JUARA Face Ritual for Normal to Dry Skin has four separate full-sized products that work together to cleanse, brighten, moisturize, and firm your face, making you feel absolutely fabulous.
The first step in this beauty ritual is to cleanse your skin with the Rice Facial Cleanser. Utilizing coconut cleansing agents, this gentle face wash removes dirt and clears away the oils that can clog pores, while the rice extract calms sensitive skin.
The next step helps remove any excess oils and preps skin for subsequent products - kind of like what our enzyme mask does too. JUARA Tamarind Hydrating Tea Toner douses depleted skin with nourishing botanical extracts to promote better moisture retention.
It balances skin and goes beyond what most toners do when it comes to skin barrier repair - thanks to the tamarind, rice, and antioxidant teas in the formula.
After you've used the toner - but before it dries completely - apply the super hydrating Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum. It's been called botanical Botox in a bottle because of its ability to firm and smooth skin.
Not to mention that turmeric is a particularly powerful agent - like in our turmeric eye cream. In addition to turmeric and clove flower, the formula also boasts skin-toning golden bamboo, wrinkle-smoothing goji, and moisturizing sea algae.
In consumer studies, users report having more firm and luminous skin after only four weeks. While few skin care treatments reduce enlarged pores, this serum can seriously minimize their appearance.
The final step in the JUARA Face Ritual - the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer - will give you a flawless finish. Formulated with wrinkle-reducing kombucha, hydrating botanicals like avocado oil and illipe butter, as well as collagen-promoting five flavor berry, this moisturizer provides skin the nourishment it needs.
It creates an ideal canvas for makeup application in the morning or superior skin support while you sleep. It's designed to help dull, dry, and aging skin get its groove back and be naturally beautiful. Check out these tips for more information, and hints on application.
If you want to try out these skincare solutions but tend to be cautious when purchasing new products, then the travel-sized collection could be your best bet. It features the aforementioned fab four - the Rice Facial Cleanser, the Tamarind Hydrating Tea Toner, the Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum, and the Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer - but just enough so you can sample it for 7-14 days and see for yourself.
2. Organic Shea Butter by Sky Organics
Since it's pretty hard to compete with the amazing alchemy of those four aforementioned products, we'll highlight a distinctly different moisturizer as our second-place pick.
This next moisturizer represents a simpler approach when it comes to face moisturizers. In fact, this one is wonderful for your whole body. If you're looking for a one-ingredient go-to for dry skin, check out Organic Shea Butter by Sky Organics.
Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E, and boasts essential fatty acids. The antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals and other environmental aggressors while the emollient properties help seal in moisture to soften and soothe skin all over.
In addition, shea butter contains triterpenes, which is a chemical that slows the breakdown of collagen. As you may know, collagen is a protein that (along with elastin) provides structure and support to the skin. With enhanced elasticity, you'll notice an improved all-over firmness.
Unfortunately, not all skin types respond well to shea butter. Though there have been studies that suggest it has antibacterial properties, it can also clog a person's pores and cause breakouts. So, if you have acne-prone skin, you may want to do a patch test or avoid it altogether.
For dry and aging skin shea butter is generally quite beneficial. In fact, this moisturizer may even help plump up skin so that the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is minimized.
Sky Organics aims to use natural and certified organic ingredients whenever possible, and proudly keeps its products cruelty-free.
3. Radiance Vitality Oil for dry or oily skin
Like all JUARA skincare products, our Radiance Vitality Oil recipe draws from ancient Indonesian beauty principles. You may have read other posts about our roots in the Jamu tradition, but if not, here's a good place to start.
Facial oils are often overlooked when folks seek help with hydration, but they are some of the best natural moisturizers around.
Radiance Vitality Oil's lightweight formula makes for the perfect feel-good fast-absorbing moisturizer. No wonder it's a fan favorite that's been lauded as liquid gold.
It nourishes all skin types, providing holistic nutrition for the skin in the form of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and beauty-boosting botanicals.
You'll say hello to ingredients that are both healing and hydrating and farewell to flaky skin. The candlenut, squalane, and avocado oil balance and moisturize, while the coconut oil and turmeric root calm and soothe stressed skin.
Coconut oil, with its fatty acids and antimicrobial properties, can protect against harmful microorganisms that may cause acne and other skin infections, including acne. The anti-inflammatory effect of coconut oil means that it may also help with psoriasis and eczema. This extremely hydrating oil can even help with dry hair.
But really, it's all the botanicals combined that make Radiance Vitality Oil the perfect moisturizer.
People who used this product for only four weeks reported that their skin was brighter, firmer, and more even-toned. In fact, 95% of trial participants said their skin was more radiant, silky, and smooth.
If you haven't tried an oil with all these moisturizing properties before, there's no time like the present. Get your skin feeling extra rejuvenated and radiant right away!
The subtle tropical fragrance of this oil is an added bonus to this beauty boost.
4. Weleda's Sensitive Care Facial Lotion for sensitive skin
When looking for organic face moisturizers, the name Weleda is likely to pop up.
This company has always aimed to be eco-friendly and cruelty-free. It's certified natural by NATRUE, which promotes responsibly sourced, natural products. It even goes above and beyond with its eco-friendly packaging.
And speaking of the source, the almonds they use for the oil in this formula come all the way from Alicante, Spain. They cultivate sustainable gardens and develop fair trade agreements so there's respect throughout the whole process - from the field to your smiling face.
Weleda's Sensitive Care Facial Lotion is the perfect way to care for combination skin, especially if it's sensitive.
It uses sweet almond oil, prunus seed oils, beeswax, and other healing and hydrating ingredients. The high fatty acid content in sweet almond oil brings welcome relief to those suffering from over-reactive or irritated skin. The linolenic acid, in particular, has anti-inflammatory properties that address a wide variety of skin conditions.
You may notice a reduction in redness and an improvement in chapped or rough skin. If you're often bothered by allergens or changes in the weather, you can look forward to more sunny days ahead - in a good way!
A thin layer of this product will hydrate skin and balance moisture levels. It helps provide a smooth surface so you can add a cream foundation, a fine powder, or go with a natural, makeup-free look.
This Weleda face cream is free from synthetic preservatives, artificial fragrances, and colorants, and doesn't contain any raw materials derived from mineral oil.
5. Restorative Sea Culture Extra Riche Créme
Different folks may mean different things when they talk about natural moisturizers.
Some people are hoping to find natural and organic ingredients. Others might be looking for a single ingredient found in nature - anything from aloe vera to tsubaki seed oil. At the very least, natural products should steer clear of artificial colorants, phthalates, and sulfates.
If you have normal to dry skin and are searching for a moisturizer that's vegan, natural, and organic, the Restorative Sea Culture Extra Riche Créme made by 100% Pure might be the perfect fit. And if you're concerned about where and how your beauty products are processed, these are cruelty-free and made right here in the USA.
This moisturizing cream contains nutrient-rich sea minerals like sea buckthorn. It has a high fat content that means major moisture for the skin, and also boasts beneficial compounds like flavonoids and antioxidants that help the body fight infection.
The hydrating seaweed polysaccharides help plump up hollowed-out areas of the face and minimize fine lines. This generally gives you a healthier, more youthful look.
There are also antioxidant-rich oils like jojoba and sage oil in the mix. Vitamin E and vitamin C in oils like jojoba fight free-radical damage from UV rays, pollutants, and other environmental aggressors.
This rich, luxurious cream combines the best of both worlds. It pampers your complexion with all the nutritive ingredients mentioned above, and is produced in a way so that no animals (including humans!) are harmed in the process.
While this face cream works with just about any skin type, it's especially restorative for drier types.
Other natural moisturizing options
Those are five of our favorite natural moisturizers. However, there are a few more ingredients and DIY options we want to share.
It's important to include gentle exfoliation in your beauty ritual. The lactic acid in milk is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that helps with exfoliation. A milk bath can loosen dead surface cells, which allows newer cells to make their way to the top and reverse that dreaded dullness.
Milk also has anti-inflammatory properties, so a milk bath can be quite soothing. Add rose petals and honey for additional benefits to the body. Here's one of many videos that demonstrates how you can draw yourself a nice milk bath:
After you emerge from that self-care session, be sure to lock in the moisture with a night cream or a natural oil like olive oil or even castor oil.
Hyaluronic acid is another super hydrating substance. Our bodies produce it naturally, but less so as we age. That's why it's important to incorporate hyaluronic acid in our skincare routines - it helps moisturize, plump up tissue, and make fine lines less prominent.
Nutrient-rich botanicals, essential oils, and other natural ingredients can have a major beautifying impact on the complexion. Moisturizing ingredients like olive oil, sunflower seed oil, or coconut oil will likely improve issues such as dryness, flakiness, and itching.
While dermatologists and other experts will be able to provide you with additional insight regarding your specific needs, finding an effective natural face moisturizer isn't as daunting a task as it may seem.
Whatever your skin type, you should be able to find a good fit from the wide variety of natural facial moisturizers out there. And your radiant skin care ritual will only grow from here.
Create a beauty ritual that nourishes your whole self. Make yourself more than an afterthought. You are worth the time it takes to take care, and even indulge a little.
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