The trend for all things natural and organic is growing, and skincare products are embracing it. There are many natural moisturizers for face products that can be used to replace skincare products with harmful chemicals such as parabens or fragrances that make the product smell great, but can irritate the delicate skin of the face.
Nowadays, you can buy natural facial moisturizers from many skincare brands or you can take the plunge and make your own homemade moisturizer for face products using essential oils for a fraction of the price.
What is a Natural Moisturizer for Face
A moisturizer is a substance, which can be a cream, lotion, oil, foam or any other preparation cosmetic laboratories can come up with, designed to prevent dryness in the skin and soften the external layers of the epidermis. But modern skincare products do much more than just moisturize: they treat, improve the skin condition, balance combination or oily skin, increase skin elasticity or lighten the complexion.
A natural moisturizer for face does the same thing, but using only natural components, such as essential oils and natural moisturizing ingredients such as avocado oil, shea butter or even the humble olive oil.
There are many brands such as Ren, Burt’s Bees, Neal’s Yard, Ole Henriksen or Korres that specialize in natural and organic skincare, but more and more well-known brands are embracing this trend and offering entire skincare ranges where the ingredients are all completely natural, albeit at a higher price than their old fashioned counterparts.
The reason for this is that sourcing ingredients organically is more expensive than just producing them on a factory vat. However, they are worth every penny, particularly if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Most of those products are also cruelty free and fair trade, which means no animals have been used to test them, and people growing the components are getting a fair deal. If you live an eco-friendly lifestyle, natural skincare products are the best choice, without a doubt.
Popular Ingredients Used In Natural Moisturizers for Face
There are many ingredients in nature that have moisturizing properties and can be used on your skincare routine, but some of them have become major sources of discoveries for the cosmetic laboratories, due to their extremely beneficial effects on the skin, often well known for centuries as part of traditional homemade skincare remedies.
- Essential Oils
Aromatherapy grade essential oils are popular ingredients in natural moisturizer for face recipes and commercial preparations, and have been used through history to both improve the condition of the skin and heal skin afflictions such as acne or rosacea. It is no surprise that they have become on the most used products on natural skincare, usually mixed in very small amounts with carrier oils such as Jojoba or Avocado oil, or as part of more complex products.
Besides being highly active substances, essential oils have also many other benefits that make them an extremely useful ingredient in homemade natural skincare products and their store bought counterparts:
- They smell great, which means you don’t need to use artificial fragrances
- They have anti-microbial properties and can increase the shelf life of products
- They are extracted from plants, and as such are easily sourced organically and certified Fair Trade
- They can be mixed with a variety of carrier oils, to achieve different consistencies and effects
Honey is a traditional natural moisturizer for face, as it combines the ability to absorb and retain moisture with natural anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties. The properties of honey depend on the flowers the bees used to make it, and as such supermarket honey may not be the best option if you are looking to make your own homemade face moisturizers.
Manuka honey, made from flowers from the Manuka bush native to New Zealand (Leptospermum Scoparium) is reputed to be perfect for skincare and used often as part of a natural and organic beauty routine either as a base for a light moisturizer or as a component in a honey face mask.
Egg yolk oil is derived from the yolk of chicken eggs, and it’s a nutrient rich substance that lacks egg proteins which could cause allergies. This substance is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are very similar to the lipid profile of human skin and it’s one of the reasons why they work so well as moisturizers for the face and body. Egg yolk also improves the texture of creams and lotions, making them less sticky and more pleasant to use, and has anti-oxidant properties which makes it perfect for aging skin which is often dry.
Egg yolk has been used in oriental medicine for millennia, and it’s still a popular component in many home-made face masks, while the refined egg oil is better suited for creams and lotions as it’s less sticky and less likely to cause allergies.
The therapeutic use of sea derived components such as algae or sea kelp extract has been a popular cosmetic treatment in both Europe and the East, which a variety of spas and health-mud treatment centers anywhere with a high concentration of either of those to prove it.
Algae are a great source of minerals, and help regulate the production of sebum, and as such as used often in natural moisturizer for face products designed to treat dry and oily skin, and even balance out combination skin. Algae and Sea Kelp are also great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, with their anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties.
Algae are well known for increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which are two substances that keep the skin together and give it body. With age, production of collagen and elastin reduces, and the skin starts to sag and thin out, causing the visible signs of ageing; algae extracts are used in natural skincare to prevent that.
The vitamins and minerals present in algae make their extract a very active skincare product, and algae extra is also used to improve the texture of face masks and creams. Mud obtained from algae rich areas, such as mud from the Dead Sea, shares most of those properties and that’s the reason why sort of treatments are spa best-sellers.
- Shea Butter
Shea butter is a naturally moisturizing fatty substance derived from the kernel of the Karite tree (Butyrospermum parkii), and has been called “skin superfood” due to their incredibly nutritious properties and their beneficial effects on dry skin. It is considered a sacred tree, and has been used for millennia in Africa to protect the skin from the sun and dehydration. Even the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is said to owe her beauty to the usage of Shea or Karite butter.
Shea butter is one of the best natural moisturizers for the face, as it’s incredibly rich in nutritive elements such as unsaturated fats, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin. It has properties as an anti-ageing product, as the components on it increase microcirculation and act as anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, besides being one of the best deep moisturizers Nature has to offer. It also protects against UV damage and can aid the healing of minor cuts and burns, so it’s no wonder the Shea tree is considered a sacred tree by the people of the area of which it is native.
Essential oils are not actually oils, they are aromatic volatile substances that give plants and flowers their scent. They always need to be mixed with a carrier medium, as they are extremely active substances that could cause allergies if not used safely.
There are many other ingredients that you can use to create your own organic facial moisturizer products, such as milk or sea salt, and the high street is filling with brands that offer natural, organic and skin-friendly products at consumer prices.