If you’ve been looking to adopt a more natural skincare routine, there’s no better time to start than the present. A natural facial moisturizer is not only healthy for your skin but also for the environment, as many tend to be organic, cruelty-free and made with sustainable packaging.
Finding the best natural facial moisturizer is all about skin type and personal preference in terms of the composition of the product. If you have dry skin, you’ll always want something hydrating to help nourish and replenish moisture in the skin. Someone with oily skin may opt for moisturizing lotion that’s non-greasy and lightweight so that it hydrates without adding excess oil.
When it comes to facial and skin products, the term “natural” isn’t always well-defined. That said, you’ll want to inspect the ingredients of your natural facial moisturizer closely to ensure it’s made without synthetic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, fragrances, and dyes. It’s also helpful to look for labels that mention plant-based ingredients and natural oils. This is an easy way to start narrowing things down as these products will quickly point out the specs you may be looking for.
We recommend looking for facial moisturizers that contain ingredients such as:
- Shea butter
- Jojaba oil
- Green tea
- Meadowfoam seed oil
- Aloe vera
- Vitamins C and E
- Avocado oil
Whether you have skin that’s oily, dry, sensitive or any combination of the three, there’s a natural facial moisturizer here for you. Keep scrolling to take a look at some of our faves.
1. MARLOWE. No. 123 Men’s Facial Moisturizer
Marlowe is one of our favorite skincare companies, and the brand’s moisturizers are especially popular among Spy editors. The No. 123 facial moisturizer for men is made with a mix of natural ingredients such as deep-sea algae, passionflower fruit, green tea and willow bark extracts. Not only is this face moisturizer popular among Spy’s editors, but it’s also earned more than 4,200 reviews from Amazon customers. Great for people with both dry and oil skin alike, this moisturizer absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue.
2. Lumin Moisturizing Balm
Lumin is a relatively new company, but it’s already become one of our go-to men’s skincare brands. (Lumin’s Dark Circle Defense is particularly effective.) Great for anyone with dry skin, this moisturizer is made of natural ingredients like meadowfoam seed oil, apple extract and ginger extract to protect the skin, balance oil, reduce damage and fight free radicals. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants to battle dehydration, sun damage and dull skin, and our tester noticed an effect after just a few days of regular usage. Use it liberally at night before drifting off to sleep at night, then apply sparingly after showering in the morning.
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3. Burt’s Bees Natural Face Moisturizer
All of the moisturizers on this list have some type of botanical extract, but Burt’s Bees Natural Face Moisturizer contains something unique: cotton plant extracts. Burt’s Bees is famous for its natural lip balm, but the company also makes some fantastic bath and body products, including this affordable unisex moisturizer. Designed specifically for those with sensitive skin, this formula also contains aloe vera.
4. Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream
BEST FOR COMBINATION SKINy
Formulated with hyaluronic acid, along with a superfood blend of green tea, kale, spinach, alfalfa, and vitamins C, E, K, this powerful moisturizing cream provides amazing nutrients for all skin types. The lightweight product is packed with tons of antioxidants and absorbs quickly into the skin for immediate results, restoring and balance your skin’s texture. 100% vegan, it is completely free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and dimethicones. It is also cruelty-free and packaged with recyclable materials.
5. Caldera + Lab The Base Layer
BEST NEW PRODUCT
Caldera + Lab makes our favorite face serum for men, and the brand is about to release a new moisturizer made from wild-harvested plant extracts. The company sent us this moisturizer for testing, and we were very impressed with the quality, ingredients and feel of this product. This non-greasy formula moisturizes without feeling too heavy or clogging your pores. It fights free radicals, defending against pollution and other outside stressors. Filled with GMO-free, plant-based ingredients and botanical stem cells, it hydrates and nourishes the skin on contact. Each natural ingredient in this product has been sourced from sustainable or organic farming. Use it daily to see and feel its amazing results.
6. Oars + Alps Natural Face Moisturizer
Oars + Alps is another Spy-favorite brand, and the company has a reputation for excellent grooming products. The brand’s natural face moisturizer is no exception. Designed for daily use, the formula contains a mixture of hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter, jojoba oil and Vitamin E. This product is designed for all skin types and can be used overnight to help recharge your skin. This product is also designed to treat under-eye bags, which makes it a great 2-in-1 product.
7. Pacific Shaving Company Everyday Moisturizer
BEST POST-SHAVE MOISTURIZER
Made of plant-derived ingredients, this natural facial moisturizer is great for hydrating the skin after shaving. The formula is lightweight and fragrance-free and great for use on the face, head, and body. Nourishing and effective, this cruelty-free cream is sized to travel with you wherever you go. Toss it in your luggage or gym bag to use while on vacation or after working out.
8. Naturopathica Rosemary Oil-Reducing Moisturizer
BEST FOR OILY SKIN
Hydrate the skin while removing oil with this lightweight moisturizer. It’s formulated with antiseptic rosemary and alpine willow to nourish and refine pores. Packed with all-natural goodness, this product only sources clean, sustainable ingredients that are completely free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. Massage it onto your face and neck to rejuvenate and refresh.
9. Rosen Tropics Moisturizer
BEST FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN
Use this hydrating moisturizer to alleviate breakouts and fade scars. It’s formulated with hyaluronic and kojic acid along with pineapples to nourish and rejuvenate acne-prone skin. The pineapple extract’s natural vitamin C helps to brighten dull skin while jojoba oil, mango butter, and papaya powder provide additional protection and moisture.
10. PAI LOVE & HAIGHT Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Moisturizer
Another great solution for dryness and dehydration, this natural moisturizer quickly quenches the skin without feeling too heavy. Made with organic avocado and jojoba oil, it softens and hydrates the skin with ease. The texture of this cream is light, buttery, and packed with omegas 3 and 6 which feed the skin to give it proper nourishment. This product is also vegan and cruelty-free.
11. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion
Recover and restore your skin overnight with this night moisturizer. The lightweight lotion works to absorb oil as you sleep while restoring moisture and balance to your skin’s surface. Made with all-natural Community Fair Trade tea tree oil sourced from Kenya, it is additionally vegan and naturally purifying to reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars.