The Top 7 Best Natural & Low Tox Moisturizers for Supple Skin

Best Natural Moisturizers: The Top 6 Face Creams for Supple Skin

One of the most common questions I get asked is “Becca, what’s the best natural moisturizer?!” and let me tell you, I have some wonderful suggestions for ya! Having tested dozens of clean and non-toxic moisturizers myself over the years, I can confidently say I’ve found the best ones out there. And obviously, moisturizing is SUCH a key step in any skincare routine! Especially during the cold, dry winter months ❄️


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How to Correctly Apply Moisturizer Like a Pro

Alright, so this is certainly not rocket science, BUT…I do want to provide some tips so that you can maximize the benefits of your moisturizer. And ultimately, make sure you aren’t wasting your money!

Apply your moisturizer to damp skin.

So either after you have cleansed your skin or applied a toner/serum, and before it completely dries, apply your moisturizer to lock in the hydration! 💦 It’s best to use a pea-sized amount and go in gentle, upward strokes on both your face and neck.

Follow up with an organic facial oil if your lotion doesn’t have oils in it.

Healthy skin needs both water AND oil. Either one alone won’t do. Without enough oils, the skin becomes dry, and without enough moisture, it will become dehydrated 🌵

Typically, moisturizers are water-based lotions, which is why they should be applied first. Water molecules can travel deeper into your skin than oils, due to their low molecular mass, whereas oils remain mostly on the surface of your skin. They act as occlusives, blocking too much water from escaping your skin, which keeps your skin moisturized. So you want to ensure that your skin is retaining all the goodness by applying oils as the last step!

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My Top Picks for the Best Natural Face Creams

Okay! Before I share the best of the best options, I want to note that none of these contain sunscreen. If you are looking for moisturizers that are tinted or also contain daily SPF protection, be sure to head over to this post: Best Tinted Mineral Sunscreens & Moisturizers to Protect Your Pretty Face 🌞

I also want to mention that most of the options below are vegan and contain no animal-derived ingredients 🐰 *except for the tallow balm and Jack Henry which contains beeswax!*

Alpyn Super Peptide Ghostberry Barrier Repair Cream

Alpyn Super Peptide Ghostberry Barrier Repair Cream [$62]

Ideal for: All skin types, especially mature/sensitive/stressed/rosacea/eczema

This one has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™! It’s a rich, restorative barrier cream that’s unscented and doesn’t have any essential oils. If you are looking to calm redness, soothe, and tackle fine lines/wrinkles at the same time, this is for you! It does not disappoint; it’s one of my personal faves!

The cream has a natural, semi-matte finish to it so you get adequate moisture but it won’t feel heavy or greasy at all. Soooo nice!

Key Ingredients:

  • Ceramides bind moisture to skin and strengthen its protective barrier
  • Ghostberry is known as “nature’s Neosporin” and reduces redness and irritation
  • Peptides relax the look of expression lines

Alpyn’s Melt Moisturizer is also great! It’s richer and contains bakuchiol so it’s a good one for targeting fine lines and wrinkles.

You can use code ORGANICALLYBECCA15 for a discount on Alpyn products 🏷️

Shop Alpyn Repair Cream Here

Also available here at Credo.

Related post: “Unscented vs. Fragrance Free vs. Essential Oil Free Skincare: What’s the Difference?

Alpyn Triple Vitamin C Brightening Bounce Cream

Alpyn Triple Vitamin C Brightening Bounce Cream [$49]

Ideal for: Dullness, pigmentation, or skin that lacks hydration

This one is so fun! It’s called a “bounce cream” because it literally has a jelly trampoline-like texture when you poke it! The texture is more of a whipped gel cream; it’s very light and unique. It has a slightly luminous finish that will leave you with a subtle glow, too! Umm and helloooo, it’s pink 😍

I would suggest this one if your skin needs a hydration boost or looks lackluster. Bounce is awesome for brightening and it definitely makes my skin look radiant, feel plump, and helps with elasticity. I would probably NOT suggest it if you have sensitive skin (Vitamin C can be irritating for some people!) or extreme dryness because it’s better for hydration vs. intense moisture. I enjoy this one a lot though!

Key Ingredients:

  • Vitamin C lightens dark spots, protects against environmental stressors and free radicals, and boosts collagen production. Bounce has three forms of Vitamin C in it!
  • Organic aloe is a powerful humectant that binds moisture and provides lasting hydration
  • Wild chokeberry is packed with polyphenols and antioxidants to enhance elasticity
  • Bearberry extract also has been shown to lighten skin and even the overall tone

You can use code ORGANICALLYBECCA15 for a discount on Alpyn products 🏷️

Shop Alpyn Bounce Cream Here

Also available here at Credo.

Related post: “Alpyn Beauty Natural Skincare Review [Plant-Based & Sustainable]

Honest Hydrogel Cream
Photo credit: Honest Beauty

Honest Hydrogel Cream [$22]

Ideal for: Dehydrated, thirsty skin

This is a glass of water packed into a cream! 💦 It has a bouncy gel texture with a dewy finish, and no fragrances or essential oils. Bonus: it’s affordable and refillable! I’d say that it’s the most lightweight moisturizer of all the options listed in this post.

That being said, the first time I applied this, I was truly shocked at how well it sinks in and keeps my skin feeling supple, despite it being light and mostly water! Honest uses a unique moisture-release formula. It also feels cool on skin. You can get this in a mini size if you want to sample it.

Key Ingredients:

  • Squalane to soften and moisturize
  • Jojoba is technically a wax and it closely mimics skin’s sebum
  • Two sizes of hyaluronic acid attract water molecules and draw them deep into skin

Shop Honest Hydrogel Cream Here

Also available here at Target, Ulta, and Amazon.

Jack Henry Super Face Cream

Jack Henry Super Face Cream [$48]

Ideal for: Men!

Obviously, men can still use any of the products in this post, but I wanted to include something just for them. My husband likes this one! It’s nutrient-rich (the majority of the ingredients are organic!) with a smooth matte finish that helps control oil production. The packaging is fully recyclable, too.

It has a pleasant herbal vanilla scent that isn’t too strong! Not gonna lie, I’ve stolen this from my husband a few times because I like it too 🙊

Key Ingredients:

  • Aloe
  • Prickly pear oil is amazingly moisturizing, supports the skin barrier, and promotes cell turnover
  • Tamanu oil is anti-inflammatory and has healing properties

Shop Jack Henry Face Cream Here

Osea Blemish Balm

Osea Blemish Balm [$48]

Ideal for: Congested, oily, or blemish-prone skin

This balm feels so refreshing and smells uplifting! I love applying it when I’m breaking out or my skin feels congested. I can definitely tell my skin instantly feels clarified and the balm is working its magic when I use it. The balm controls shine, too!

If you have really sensitive skin, this might be too powerful for you to use daily, but it’s always a good option for occasional use too. It smells like mint, rosemary, and thyme.

Key Ingredients:

  • 1% Salicylic acid (plant-based derived from wintergreen) clears up acne and prevents future breakouts
  • Three red seaweeds are abundant in vitamins minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids
  • Thyme to diminish the appearance of blemishes and pores

You can use code BECCA10 for a discount on Osea products 🏷️

Shop Osea Blemish Balm Here

Also available here at Credo.

Related post: “7 Reasons to Love OSEA Skincare: My Top Picks!

Sun & Moo Age Reverse Tallow Balm

Sun & Moo Grass-Fed Tallow Balms [$26-55]

Most moisturizing!
Ideal for:
All skin types, especially sensitive/irritated/very dry

Tallow is rendered beef fat 🐮 so this one is clearly not vegan! But wow, I’ve been pleasantly surprised since introducing tallow into my routine. It’s incredibly moisturizing and I don’t feel the need to use any additional oils with it. This is one I gravitate towards when my skin feels aggravated and I just want to use something simple.

Tallow has more of a balm texture instead of a lotion or cream, so it takes longer to absorb and more effort to blend, but it provides GREAT nourishment! You might think it would be greasy but it’s actually compatible with our skin’s oils and only has a comedogenic rating of 2 (non-comedogenic and has a moderately low likelihood of clogging pores).

Sun & Moo has a couple of different blends. You can get one that is just pure tallow but I like The Simple One (added jojoba), Age Reverse (jojoba, plantain, carrot seed oil, and raw honey), and The Healer (with tamanu and baobab).

Key Ingredients:

  • Grass-fed beef tallow is loaded with nutrients such as Vitamins A, B12, D, E, K, and fatty acids that promote skin health. It’s a natural and bioavailable source of Vitamin A which can help with skin regeneration and keep skin youthful! Plus, Vitamin E has been shown to prevent collagen breakdown. It even contains some antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be helpful for healing skin conditions such as rosacea.
  • Organic jojoba oil

Read more here: “Tallow as a Natural Face Moisturizer? I Gave it a Try & Here’s How it Went!

You can use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount! 🏷️

Shop Sun & Moo Tallow Balms Here

Cocokind Texture Smoothing Cream

Cocokind Texture Smoothing Cream [$22]

Ideal for: All skin types especially oily, textured, or large pores

Alright, I couldn’t leave you hanging without providing another budget-friendly natural moisturizer option! 💰 While I recommend one of the other moisturizers in this post first, this one is still a force to be reckoned with. It’s a lightweight cream with a satin finish. It smells like cucumber and celery!

I do notice a little bit of pilling with this one, which is probably a result of blending it in too much, so I like to gently blend it in until it’s mostly absorbed and then lightly tap the remaining amount into my face. Other than that, it feels nourishing and provides a nice layer of moisture.

Key Ingredients:

  • Celery superseed complex has fatty acids and antioxidants to support skin’s structure and minimize the appearance of pores
  • Tsubaki seed oil to smooth lines and wrinkles and defend skin from oxidative stress
  • Squalane to lock in moisture and hydrate

You can use code ORGANICALLYBECCA for a discount on your Cocokind order 🏷️

Shop Texture Smoothing Cream Here

Also available here on Amazon and Target.

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When it comes to a natural moisturizer, what are the main features that you look for? Let me know in the comments or drop any questions you may have. I sure hope you give one of these lotions a try! Your skin will thank you.

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Becca is a blogger, wife, and dog mom living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having seen firsthand the benefits of switching to a natural lifestyle herself, she's passionate about helping women make the switch to clean beauty products, organic skincare, and a holistic way of life (without the stress of being perfect about it!).

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