There’s a renaissance happening with clean skin care, particularly with respect to all natural moisturizers. Not only do consumers want moisturizers to be chemical-free, but they’d like them to honor the environment and the people who make them. To succeed in this increasingly conscientious consumer market, they also need to have beautiful packaging and a great story. This is because all skin care, like travel, is aspirational. A good face cream tells a story about how you treat yourself, and how you’d like to be treated. Or at least that’s how personal care products should be!
Whether you’re braving the cold or trying to beat the heat, these all natural moisturizers work well in every season. Below, we spotlight six all natural moisturizers from around the world that are good for mind, body, and spirit. This global overview is not an exhaustive list. Rather, it’s a spotlight on what select artisan brands are crafting for people who care about their skin and what they put on it.
Also, it goes without saying that all of these all natural moisturizers are truly “natural”– they don’t contain any toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and parabens. (We don’t endorse any products like that, anyways.) Whether you’re buying for yourself or a loved one, these brands are worth the investment.
Alpyn Beauty’s PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer
New research shows that native-grown plants are higher in antioxidants and flavonoids than farmed plants. This makes sense, because wild soil is naturally richer, and wild plants are not being watered or fed. As a result, they have to fight harder to survive harsh environmental conditions. Accordingly, Alpyn Beauty’s anti-aging Melt Moisturizer is wild-crafted in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, based on the same logic. In Jackson Hole, altitude and extreme sun yield very resilient (and thus nutrient-rich) plants, which form the base active ingredients in this lovely pink moisturizer. (The color of Alpyn’s Melt Moisturizer is an homage to Jackson Hole’s “alpenglow”, aka the subtle pink light that illuminates mountaintops, forests, and valleys where the ingredients grow.)
Alpyn’s Melt Moisturizer also protects against pollution, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while gently repairing and fortifying the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Meanwhile, bakuchoil (which is often called “nature’s retinol”) promotes collagen production. The formula also contains hyaluronic acid, ceramides, wild arnica, and wild chamomile. This cocktail soothes and delivers anti-inflammatory vitamins and essential fatty acids. Also, we love that this moisturizer’s packaging is glass, and that it has a shelf life of one year from the time of opening. (If your skin care doesn’t expire, it’s probably not feeding your skin the freshest possible ingredients, right?)
Lau Botanicals’ Healing Propolis Balm
Hawai’i-based Lau Botanicals is a small batch organic skin care line that uses local and wildcrafted Hawaiian plants to make super fresh, all natural moisturizers and other skin care products. Their Healing Propolis Balm uses bee propolis (a known skin healing agent) and a signature blend of avocado, chamomile, sandalwood, juniper, frankincense, carrot, shea butter, and Vitamin E to sooth irritated or acne prone skin. So effective is bee propolis at soothing redness and irritation that many researchers regard it as a new frontier for wound healing. In that spirit, Lau Botanicals honors the potency of this active ingredient without dumming it down with useless fillers. We love their glass packaging and sustainable bamboo lids, which help preserve this preservative-free product. This way, the moisturizer can effectively restore the skin barrier to its optimal state of health.
skinChemists Rose Quartz Hydrating and Illuminating Day Moisturizer
skinChemists Rose Quartz Hydrating and Illuminating Day Moisturizer is a light and restorative moisturizer that uses alpine rose stem cells to restore and balance dry, irritated skin. Plus, this UK-based staple is cruelty-free and super affordable! We love the lightweight feel and lovely pink color of this all natural moisturizer. It’s more like a moisturizing serum than a cream.
Rose is known to elevate mood and protect skin against environmental aggressors. Meanwhile, Vitamin E works to quell inflammation and repair stressed skin. Finally, rose otto oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent that also helps firm and tone skin. Overall, this is a great moisturizer for people with aging skin who live in urban areas. It’s also good for those dealing with hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and inflammation.
[comfort zone] Hydramemory Mask
[comfort zone]’s ultra-moisturizing Hydramemory Mask isn’t really a mask: it’s an essential, all natural cream for anyone with tired, dry, stressed out skin. Use this Italian skin care “mask” as a quick moisture shot during cold winter months. After just one application of this concentrated all natural moisturizer, skin is nourished, plumper, and healthier looking. (This is because the mask restores the skin’s naturally protective lipid layer.) And no: there’s no need to remove it afterwards. We recommend using this moisture mask as a weekly supplement to [comfort zone]’s Hydramemory Cream. (Ideal for mature or perpetually dehydrated skin.)
Korres Pomegranate Moisturizing and Balancing Cream-Gel
Korres’ so-called “Pomegranate Grenade” is a moisturizing and balancing cream-gel. This silky pomegranate explosion is perfect for dry, dull skin in need of a refresh. We love using it after a flight or a day in the sun.
The secret to this all natural moisturizer’s effectiveness begins with the clinically pure water Greek chemists use to make the formula. Secondly, this moisturizer also contains 15% pomegranate water, pomegranate extract, alpine willow, tannins, and polyphenols that help rejuvenate the skin. Hyaluronic acid offers a moisture boost that conditions skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth, without harsh chemicals. However, with its perfect matte finish, skin never feels shiny (unlike many other intensive moisturizers on the market). Plus, the smell is lovely: lilting and fragrant, but not too overpowering. A perfect moisturizer for vacations on the beach!
Kahina Giving Beauty’s Night Cream
Kahina Giving Beauty’s delightfully smooth Night Cream features argan oil and resveratrol derived from red wine grapes. This restorative combination combats signs of aging by boosting collagen production and improving skin tone and texture. It also soothes irritation and wards against free radical damage. We love how well this Morocco-inspired cream absorbs into the skin. It’s never sticky, despite how rich it feels. Plus, Kahina’s mission is nourishing to the soul, intent on telling the story of the Berber women of Morocco. This all natural moisturizer is also Ecocert and Leaping Bunny certified. (Leaping Bunny means there’s no animal testing. Ecocert verifies that production is environmentally respectful, from sourcing and production to packaging.) The result is a truly “clean” product that encourages beauty from the inside out– as it should be. 🙂