17 Nourishing Natural Moisturizers

by Mariah Carrillo

If there's one feel-good beauty buy that I regularly indulge in, it's quality natural skincare. With all the research being conducted on the potentially harmful side effects of cosmetics ingredients, both to our bodies and to the environment, it's no wonder that many consumers are looking to gentler, simpler alternatives to traditional products. And while it would be almost a full-time job in and of itself to banish all mainstream beauty and hygiene products from our lives, it never hurts to take steps towards a more holistic, nurturing self-care routine.

As any skincare aficionado knows, moisturizing is an essential step towards glowing skin. Unlike cleansers, moisturizers stay on skin all day, and can provide a host of benefits from soothing sensitivity, to smoothing blemishes, to offering sun protection. With this in mind, it seems only appropriate to invest in a moisturizer that delivers the ideal benefits and skin-loving goodness that you need.

If you're looking for a new skincare or beauty routine, consider starting with one of these 17 luxurious natural moisturizers that will leave you with a happy, healthy complexion. Making the shift to natural beauty might seem difficult, but a moisturizer is arguably the easiest place to start. Your skin will certainly thank you.

1. Botanical Alchemy

Grown Alchemy Matte Balancing Moisturizer: Acai Berry & Borago, $69, Revolve

Work magic on oily skin with a mattifying moisturizer formulated to clarify and smooth. This Australian beauty brand infuses its products with a host of beneficial natural extracts to provide maximum results without harsh or toxic chemicals.

2. Sensitive Serum

Face Serum, $22, Lulu Organics

This all-organic skin serum is paraben and mineral oil free, and chockfull of nurturing natural oils to pamper even the most sensitive of skin. Carrot seed, pomegranate, and apricot extracts combine in a deeply healing formula for skin in glowing good health.

3. Multi-Purpose Moisture

Nourishing Facial Balm, $16, Marble And Milkweed

If you prefer a minimalist skincare and beauty routine, then you'll appreciate the appeal of a product that can do double-duty. This rich botanical balm can be used as both a cleanser and a moisturizer, giving you major results with minimal investment.

4. Firming Foundation

Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Day Lotion, $14, Amazon

A natural beauty classic, Burt's Bees makes nurturing skincare at an accessible price point. This daily facial lotion packs a punch, with moisturizing and firming properties, as well as SPF 30 for essential sun protection.

5. Cooling Cucumber

Cucumber Aqua Gel, $40, Pratima

If you hate the greasy feel of rich balms and creams, this gel moisturizer from Ayurvedic skincare line Pratima will be your skincare salvation. Light, soothing extracts of cucumber and aloe provide much needed moisture without the heaviness.

6. Daily Essential

Gentle Nourishing Day Cream, $19, Desert Essence

A great daily moisturizer for sensitive skin, this cream includes sun protection for added value. White tea and argan oil soothe irritation, naturally.

7. Reparitive Rose

Earth Tu Face Face Balm, $68, N et-a-Porter

This healing balm is formulated not only to maintain skin health, but to repair past damage. Immortelle and rose extracts calm sensitive skin and promote regeneration for improved texture and tone.

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8. Tropical Treatment

Mahalo Skincare Rare Indigo Beauty Balm, $110, Alyaka

This utterly indulgent balm is packed with powerhouse natural ingredients and luxurious essential oils. Using indigo extract to deeply soothe inflamed or troubled skin, this sophisticated treatment will provide you with the ultimate tropical spa experience from the comfort of your own home.

9. Keep It Simple

S.W. Basics Cream, $32, Dermstore

This utterly simple face cream keeps its natural ingredient list front and center. Formulated from only three ingredients — fair trade shea butter, organic olive oil, and organic coconut oil — this rich moisturizer has nothing to hide.

10. Luxe Lapis

Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil, $72, Amazon

If you love skincare, chances are you've heard of Herbivore Botanicals. This wildly popular clarifying oil will show you what all the fuss is about; blue tansy, squalene, and jasmine work counterintuitively to restore balance to oily and acne-prone skin.

11. Rosy Glow

Riot Of Roses Cream, $49, Galen's Way

Enjoy the wholesome benefits of natural herbs and botanicals in this floral skin cream. Licorice root and green tea join rose essences for a sweet-smelling treat with redness-reducing benefits.

12. Sun Cream Dream

Lavender Sun Cream, $18, Los Poblanos

Shield your skin from damage with a nourishing cream that boasts added SPF. Organic lavender extract from the Los Poblanos farms joins a host of other nurturing naturals for a moisturizer that renews skin as it protects.

13. Lush Lotus

Sacred Lotus Face Cream, $60, Patyka

Give dry, sensitive skin a break with a soothing face cream from French skincare line Patyka. Lotus and aloe calm hypersensitive skin for a radiant glow.

14. Enzyme Action

Enzymion Moisturizer, $41, Lush

Manage a shiny T-zone with a natural moisturizer that evens skin and neutralizes excess oil, thanks to a serious dose of citrus enzymes. Avocado and primrose oils replenish any dry patches, and keep everything in balance.

15. Pure And Gentle

Farmaesthetics Nourishing Lavender Milk, $39, Nordstrom

This 100 percent organic, non-synthetic complexion milk does wonders for sensitive and damaged skin. Made from only the safest, most gentle ingredients, like calendula extract and beeswax, this is a skincare essential you can truly feel good about.

16. Honestly Herbal

Naturopathica Rosemary Oil-Reducing Moisturizer, $56, Amazon

Astringent herbal ingredients like rosemary and alpine willow combine in this hydrating yet absorbent moisturizer. Rosemary oil's antimicrobial qualities help combat acne and blemishes.

17. Citrus Zest

Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, $49, Nordstrom

For just the right dose of lightweight moisture, this citrus face cream hydrates skin while absorbing quickly and completely with a fresh, non-greasy finish. Use it to balance and refresh combination skin.

When you're looking to upgrade your skincare routine, investing in high quality natural products can help nurture and renew your complexion. Protect and pamper your face with a moisturizer that fits your needs; with all these great options to choose from, you just might discover a new favorite.

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