The Best Natural Moisturizers for Fall
Even though moisturizers come in many different textures, from lotions and gels to rich creams, their main function stays the same: to act was a protective barrier to the skin and to reduce water loss while simultaneously increasing moisture content. A truly great moisturizer goes above and beyond those basics and should have a mix of antioxidants to protect, cell-communicating ingredients to repair, and anti-inflammatories to soothe.
Plant-based and powerful, my top moisture picks are tried and tested formulas I regularly recommend to my clients at CompleteSkinMD. These aren’t your grandma’s creams!
Moisturizers should be the last step in your routine unless you’re going to be outside, in which case follow your moisturizer with an SPF. Start with one or two pumps of your product onto fingertips, smear the dollop of product onto your face then gently pat it in– and don’t forget your neck.
For Very Dry Skin
Dry skin will love the whipped, fluffy texture of this intensive cream. Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream contains six rare hydrating African oils, omega acids, and antioxidant-rich fermented green tea, which rounds out this silky formula to give dry skin long-lasting hydration without a greasy feel.
For Sensitive Skin with Oily Areas
Combination skin types will love the texture of Graydon Skincare’s Super Sensitive Skin Stuff as it contains just the right balance of moisture to soak in quickly while leaving skin supple. Antioxidant essences like black currant seed and pomegranate seed oils protect and increase elasticity while maple sap water delivers amino peptides to nourish.
For Dry and Sensitive Skin
Antioxidant-rich raspberry seed oil combined with organic argan oil, organic shea butter, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate to make this soothing lotion from Kahina gentle enough for all dry skin types, including for those with very sensitive skin.
For The Breakout-Prone
The 24 active ingredients in Luzern’s Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Micro Gel are cultivated at high altitude in the Alps, all organic and free from chemicals. This lightweight gel texture will provide the right dose of hydration for oily skin while discouraging acne-causing bacteria and breakouts. This bioactive formula also boosts cellular oxygen uptake to increase collagen synthesis and skin luminosity.
Jordana Mattioli is a medical esthetician and sought-after beauty expert based in New York City. She currently offers an array of restorative treatments at CompleteSkinMD.