I can usually tell the weather by my skin. Who needs moisturizers when there’s summer humidity to be had? When it is warm and muggy, I’m a sleek as a newborn babe. But the second the temperature drops, my skin looks like old, recycled paper that’s been run through a shredder.
There’s a reason dry, itchy, or cracked skin goes hand-in-hand with autumnal pumpkin lattes and spiced donuts. Aside from the weather, central heating, space heaters and fire places all contribute to displacing the moisture of out of the air— and your skin. Further, the hot showers of cooler nights go far in siphoning out the moisture of your epidermis. One would think that surrounding yourself in steam would be helpful—but as the Mayo Clinic shares, you’re actually breaking down the lipid barriers in your skin with too-hot temperatures.
So what moisturizers can take us through the cooling winds and drying factors of fall and winter? Check out these seven fantastic moisturizers, all of which replace toxic ingredients with high-quality moisturizing agents.
Best for All Skin Types: Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk ($34.50)
Herbal skincare powerhouse Farmaesthetics does it again with this fantastic all-around body moisturizer. Formulated for use on both your face and your body, this 100% natural product is made with the simplest, purest ingredients. Containing certified organic soy oil, as well as calendula, witch hazel, and lavender essential oil, it offers up a light, nourishing moisturizer with a delicate lavender scent.
This biodynamic body lotion from Weleda is specifically designed with antioxidant-rich ingredients to help combat the signs of aging in mature skin. (Which—aren’t we all?) Containing organic pomegranate seed oil, apricot kernel oil and shea butter derived from fair trade practices, this fruity product keeps your skin extremely well-hydrated.
Best for Sensitive Skin: Erbaviva Baby Lotion ($17.00)
What better for sensitive skin than a moisturizer specifically formulated for babies? From USDA organic line Erbaviva, this lotion uses 100% natural emulsifiers and organic moisturizing oils. Containing sunflower and jojoba oils, it also utilizes shea butter coupled with organic mandarin and chamomile oils. Yes, it smells amazing.
This light moisturizer, formulated for all parts of the body, is an oil and fragrance-free hydrator. Containing shea butter and sandalwood, it is formulated to prevent redness and flare-ups in problem skin. Great for sensitive types, this 100% vegan product is also free of sulfates, parabens, DEA and gluten.
Feeling exceptionally dry? This moisturizer from the old-school skin experts at Dr. Hauschka is made with 100% natural ingredients and free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. It contains quince seed extract, which restores moisture to irritated skin. Containing jojoba and olive oils, it absorbs quickly for an excellent hydration.
Made with 80% certified organic ingredients, this intense moisturizing serum is made with ECOCert certified Sunflower Shoots. SpaRitual claims these shoots does no less than “rejuvenate and energize skin cells to stimulate collagen and elastin growth for firmer looking skin.” It also contains organic peppermint oil for a fresh scent.
Best for Hair: Neuma Beauty NeuRepair Argan Treatment ($22.00)
Your skin isn’t the only part of your body susceptible to dryness. Hot showers and blow driers can turn your hair into a brittle mess before the first orange fall leaf hits the sidewalk.
Made with argan oil, rose hips and green tea, this hair treatment is designed to restore your dry hair to its natural moisture balance. Light and virtually scentless, it doesn’t leave your hair feeling heavy or sticky.
This product contains USDA certified organic ingredients. It is also 100% vegan and is made using certified wind power. You can find it at select salons near you.
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