So winter is clearly in full force-at least up here in Seattle and my skin is feeling it.
It always get extra parched this time of year and I tend to find myself searching for some extra face cream or lotion to apply on top of my usual oils. Creams and lotions do a great job of shielding your skin from the elements and are the perfect product to apply after an oil. I’ve had a lot of recent questions about which face creams/lotions I would recommend specifically, so I thought I would just do a green beauty round up of my faves. Some are recent faves and others I’ve been using for a while. There is something for everyone and every budget. Keep reading to find your perfect match!
Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm
Bless the beauty balm, where do I start with this one? Dry skin stands no chance with this baby! It’s full of organic shea and cocoa butters, as well as cold pressed oils. It melts right into your skin and leaves behind a beautiful smell of blue tansy and orange blossom and no oily residue. My skin feels so hydrated! The perfect companion for dry weather in winter, and in the summer when you’ve spent too much time in the sun. You only need a little dab for the whole face. I also love that though it is a balm, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. I even wear this during the day under makeup and it is great! Also, I love mixing this with the Kokoleka mask from Leahlani for the ultimate luxe treat.
Kahina Giving Beauty Night Cream
This was the first product I’ve tried from Kahina and it got me hooked. There’s so many things I like about their night cream. From the consistency and texture, to the way it sits on my skin. It just checks all the boxes. The smell is so mild and refreshing too. I’m not into super potent smelling skincare, and I think that’s one of the reasons Kahina has always stood out to me. Their scent is mild and light. The night cream melts right into my skin and leaves behind no greasy residue. I love waking up the next morning. My skin looks even, supple and calm. This is a must if you have dry skin. I apply this after my serums. I even got my mom hooked.
Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream
I recently discovered this cream a couple months ago and have been loving it. It’s one of Ursa Major’s newest products. I love Ursa Major’s simplistic approach to skincare. All their products can be used for both men and woman, smell so mild, and work! Their Golden Hour Recovery Cream is no exception. This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration. I even used this when we were up in the mountains sledding for the day and it kept my skin feeling so hydrated and protected. Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide great anti-aging benefits with it’s naturally rich antioxidants. It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn’t feel greasy. My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it’s good people! He can be pickier than me at times. What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48! A steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of great ingredients!
WELEDA Sensitive Skin Facial CreamI discovered this cream five years ago and I still go back to it. It’s hydrating, gentle on even the most sensitive of skin, fragrance free and so easy to find! Not to mention easy on the budget. You can find this at most health food stores as well as Whole Foods. It comes in a tube form too, which is nice for travel. It’s heavier than a facial lotion but not quite as thick as a standard night cream. A great in between facial hydrator for those needing a little more than a facial lotion, but don’t quite want to venture to a full blown cream. My skin feels so smooth and makeup application is a breeze!
TRUE All You Need Is Me
This is a balm and not a cream. People often ask what I would recommend if they are used to using a Vaseline product like petroleum jelly(which btw is toxic) and this is the product I suggest. Not only is it super hydrating and thick but it will protect your skin from some serious elements-especially wind. With only a handful of ingredients, it’s great for those with sensitive skin that might easily irritate. It’s even good for relieving minor sunburns. Put it anywhere you need a little moisture or protection. I like to use this when I’m in extremely cold climates, and around my nose area in the winter.
OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream
This is a lighter cream and more of a lotion. A great option for those still wanting something after they apply their oils, but not wanting a super thick cream. Especially great for your morning routine and before makeup application. It has a really light fresh smell and moisturizes but isn’t heavy or greasy feeling. It instantly settles into the skin and leaves just an overall smooth feel. It uses seaweed and dermal proteins to protect against pollutants and free radicals in the air. It’s one of those lotions that I’ve found myself reaching for again and again.
Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion
I was excited to try out their facial lotion after loving the night cream. Plus, I’ve had fellow bloggers rave about it too. Well, they were right! It’s the perfect day time lotion before makeup application. It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, but settles nicely into the skin. I even applied this after the argan oil at night for a little extra moisture. It’s not as heavy as the night cream, but hydrating enough for me during the day. As much as I love oils, I must admit it’s nice to have a good facial lotion. Especially one that sits so well under makeup. Wear it by itself or over an oil for even more hydration.
Osmia Purely Simple Facial Cream
With aloe as the first ingredient, they really keep true to the name on this and keep the ingredients simple. Just pure ingredients that do the job. It isn’t a super heavy moisturizer, but not so light that you need to keep applying. I would apply this before my makeup and it was perfection. It gave my skin a nice polished look before I applied my foundation, but it wasn’t greasy at all. Also, a great option for those with perioral dermatitis, as the ingredients are basic and there is a very small amount of oils in it. This would be great for teen girls just getting into skincare, and the beauty novice who thinks they’ve tried it all.
Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Yes, you can wear this 365 days a year! A great sunscreen lotion year round. This stuff feels like silk on the skin. It is perfect before applying your makeup. My foundation literally glides on. It really acts like a primer as well. Filling in lines and creating an even surface. I was so excited when I heard they were coming out with a sunscreen, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! I’m in love with the ingredients too. Non-nano zinc oxide, with non-gmo red raspberry seed oil are the sun protectants and there is only a handful of ingredients after that. I couldn’t be more excited to finally find a sunscreen with such quality ingredients and performance! A great option for those wanting a lighter lotion that has sunscreen in it too.