Natural Moisturizers for Winter Skin Care

Keep your skin glowing through the dry winter days. Try these natural moisturizers for winter skin care.

| January/February 2013

  • Argan Oil Hydration by 100% Pure, $26
    Photo Courtesy 100% Pure
  • Iris Hydrating Day Cream by Weleda, $20
    Photo Courtesy Weleda
  • Plant-derived oils and naturally sourced fats and ingredients are better for your skin and body than chemical preservatives and stabilizers.
    Photo By iStockphoto
  • Plant-derived oils and naturally sourced fats and ingredients are better for your skin and body than chemical preservatives and stabilizers.
    Photo By iStockphoto
  • Velvet Moisturizing Cream by suki, $30
    Photo Courtesy suki

Along with the rest of nature, our skin changes as the seasons turn. With winter comes low humidity, which strips skin of its natural moisture, leaving it dry and more susceptible to damage. To protect your skin from the cold, turn to natural moisturizers with healing natural ingredients.

Four Homemade Moisturizers

Herbal Moisturizing Cream Recipe
Light Moisturizer Recipe
Aloe and Calendula Cleansing Cream Recipe
Creamy Cocoa Butter Lotion for Face and Body

Moisturizing Basics for Winter Skin Care

When choosing a commercial moisturizer, your first consideration should be your skin type. For oily skin, use a light moisturizer; for normal to oily skin, use a moisturizing lotion; and for dry skin, use a moisturizing cream.

Next, analyze a product’s ingredient list: Nearly every moisturizer contains some combination of emollients, humectants, emulsifiers, “active ingredients” and penetration enhancers.

Emollients, such as phospholipids and lecithin, soften, heal and hydrate. Plant oils such as olive, castor, jojoba and coconut make great emollients because they mimic the soothing oils our own skin produces.

Humectants attract moisture to the skin. Look for moisturizers made with glycerin and sorbitol derived from natural sources. (To find out if the ingredients are from natural sources, consult the ingredients list or peruse the company’s website.)

1/3/2018 8:25:59 AM

Kelli, I wonder if adding your own preservative to these products would make you feel more protected? Maybe some Vit E oil for example? I'm not sure what other preservatives would work or how much Vitamin E oil but I think it could be a good idea.

12/29/2015 8:47:51 AM

Great ideas on winter moisturizing. Another way is to check out!

11/27/2014 10:11:36 PM

A high quality, certified organic moisturizer can make a real difference to the health of your skin, replenishing and encouraging luminosity. Try River Veda’s nourishing Heavenly Rose Moisturizer at

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