No matter your skin type, there’s a face cream, oil, or serum out there to keep you looking your best without drying you out or creating a shiny, goopy mess. The best skin care is the stuff that nourishes and rejuvenates your skin without causing harm to yourself or the environment. Whether you have the oiliest skin around, sensitive skin, or your face is bone-dry, finding the right balance is possible if you choose the right facial moisturizer.
Going organic is a great way to take care of Mother Earth at the same time as taking care of your face. Choosing either totally organic skincare or taking steps to make sure that your products contain mostly organic ingredients protects you and the environment simultaneously.
Your skincare regimen should include both daytime and nighttime moisturizers. Your day cream should include an SPF for sun protection, but you don’t really need to bother with that at night. Mixing it up gives you the chance to pack in the moisture while you’re sleeping with a more intense night cream (and eye cream) that might be too greasy for day use.
Choosing a daytime moisturizer with SPF is an important way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Not only will protecting your skin mean preventing fine lines and wrinkles, but SPF also protects against other signs of aging, such as sun spots and hyperpigmentation, retaining your natural skin tone and keeping you looking fresh.
While it’s possible to find an organic face moisturizer with a chemical SPF, the best natural moisturizers for daytime use contain mineral (or physical) sunscreens, (also known as “filters”) as opposed to chemical. Chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone and octocrylene not only have the potential to disrupt your own endocrine system, they also harm the environment, especially if they’re used in beach areas near coral reefs. Physicians also report an increase in skin allergies connected to the use of chemical sunscreens.
Mineral sunscreens are ideal because they neither harm the environment nor penetrate the surface of your skin. Instead, they sit right on top and provide a barrier between your skin and the sun’s UV rays. The best mineral sunscreens contain either titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or a combination of both.
Avoiding the Grease and the “Sunscreen Smell” in Your Daily Moisturizer
We all know that “sunscreen smell” present in so many daily SPF moisturizers. While it’s great when you’re relaxing by the pool or enjoying a piña colada on the beach, for many of us, that smell can be off-putting for daily use. Finding a protective daily face cream that doesn’t have that “sunscreen smell” can be a huge (and expensive!) challenge.
Another big complaint many people have about moisturizers with sunscreen is that they can be greasy. This is especially true of those products with chemical sunscreens – another reason to opt for a mineral option.
While choosing a moisturizer with a mineral sunscreen can help you avoid both the SPF smell and the grease, minerals tend to sit on the skin and don’t absorb as quickly as you might like, leaving a white or purplish hue to your skin. It might make sense to find a tinted mineral moisturizer that not only protects, but also provides a little bit of coverage without leaving a weird color behind.
Great non-greasy options are Jane Iredale Glow Time and the slightly more affordable Supergoop Daily Correct, neither of which has that sunscreen smell, and both are vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.
However, if you have dry skin, you might find that the tinted SPFs don’t quite get your skin as smooth and supple as you’d like. In this case, give Feel’s Bright Facial Oil a try before adding an SPF moisturizer on top. More on that in the next section.
Your criteria for an organic moisturizer for evening use is a little bit different than what you’ll pick for daytime. While you won’t have to worry about an SPF, you also have the freedom to opt for deeply moisturizing formulas that might leave too much shine for daytime use. Going this route will give your skin all night to drink up the nourishment in your night cream.
The Best Facial Oils
The best beauty products are those that nourish and balance the skin, offering the right type of moisture for your skin type. Whether that means offering deep moisture and anti-aging properties for more mature skin or maintaining a smooth look for oily or acne-prone skin, there’s a product to fit your needs.
Contrary to what you might think, even those with oily skin need to moisturize – sometimes with oil, if you can believe it! The most nourishing skincare products for evening use contain fatty acids from sources you’ve probably heard of (like cocoa or shea butter). Even some cooking oils, like olive oil, grape seed oil, and safflower oil, are great for deep facial moisture, depending on your skin type.
Not all oils and fatty acids are created equal, however. Some are better than others for facial use, especially if your pores tend to clog easily. For example, both organic coconut oil and jojoba oil, while intensely moisturizing and wonderful for super dry skin, might not be great choices for acne-prone or oily skin.
Opt instead for organic products containing grape seed or hemp seed oil, cold-pressed safflower oil, avocado oil, or even or castor oil (or try them on their own!). Argan oil is also a great option for calming breakouts or overly inflamed skin, due to its extremely high antioxidant content.
We mentioned Feel’s Bright Facial Oil earlier, which is great for daytime or nighttime use. This amazing lightweight facial oil works well with any skin type and protects against free radicals with its rich antioxidant formula, in addition to offering anti-aging properties from its plant-derived squalane. It contains rosehip oil (rich in vitamin C and great for improving skin elasticity) and avocado oil (rich in vitamin E), in addition to a touch of grapefruit essential oil for a natural fragrance. Other beneficial antioxidants to look for in a night cream are green tea and the deeply moisturizing hyaluronic acid.
How to Use a Facial Oil
If you do plan to try using a facial oil as part of your skin care routine, most experts agree that it’s best to apply it to damp skin. That’s why most regimens you’ll find, whether online or as recommended by your aesthetician or dermatologist, recommend using a toner of some sort before applying moisturizer.
When your skin is damp (but not dripping wet), and you apply a facial oil, not only will you need less of it to cover your entire face, you’ll also be using the oil to lock in the moisture. If you give it a try with dry vs wet skin, you might also notice that oil applied to dry skin is much slower to absorb than oil applied to damp skin. The damp surface allows all of the amazing nutrients in your facial oil to sink in, giving your skin the benefits you’re looking for.
You Deserve the Best
You deserve to look your best, and part of that is finding the best products for you. While it’s not always necessary to go 100 percent USDA certified organic in every beauty product you purchase, choosing organic skincare products is a great place to start your search. Whether you opt for pure organic or a combination of organic and natural ingredients, you want to make sure you’re choosing clean facial moisturizers that fit your needs and your values.
Day creams should not only moisturize, but also protect with a mineral-based SPF, while night creams should contain antioxidants and fatty acids that fit your skin type. Whether you have dry, sensitive, mature, oily, or acne-prone skin – or some combination of these – moisturizing with the organic facial oils and creams that fit your needs is a critical part of your skin care routine.