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

Argan Oil Hydration by 100% Pure, $26

Photo Courtesy 100% Pure

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.)

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

9/25/2014 4:11:34 PM

There is some great information in this article however, none of the three products recommended by your staff contain a preservative and yet they contain water soluble or water containing extracts. There needs to be a preservative in these and I don't care who says it, essential oils are NOT proper preservatives for cosmetic products. Putting a biology experiment on your face (i.e. mold, bacteria etc.) can be just as bad as using bad ingredients. I would not put any of these on my face even if they were free. Also another ingredient to be very wary of is Phenoxyethanol. It is a preservative in many products and even the FDA wrote an article on how bad it is.

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