Replacing your personal care products with low-toxin versions can often take a lot of time and money. Thankfully, it’s easy when it comes to lotion! If you’re looking for a natural alternative to the conventional types, there are several one-ingredient options you can use. Whether you need something gentle for sensitive skin, are looking to save money, or simply worry about the health risks associated with toxic ingredients, any of these natural moisturizers will make an excellent alternative to store-bought lotions.
1. Sweet almond oil
Those with very sensitive or dry skin may find that coconut oil does not provide enough moisture. If that’s the case, sweet almond oil may be a better choice. It also contains fatty acid chains to nourish your skin, as well as vitamins A and E. It penetrates multiple layers of skin for very deep moisture. Sweet almond oil has a lower SPF than coconut oil, but still provides some sun protection.
2. Coconut oil
Like shea butter, coconut oil is rich in natural fatty acids, which means that it will not only moisturize your skin—it will also help to heal it. If you have scars, wrinkles, or cellulite, using coconut oil as a natural moisturizer will help minimize and fade them. It also blocks 20% of ultraviolet radiation, making it a natural, low-SPF sunscreen.
3. Shea butter
Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the nut of the shea tree. It is full of healthy fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins, including vitamins A, E, F, and K. It is a rich, natural moisturizer than can penetrate deeply into all the layers of your skin without leaving greasiness or residue behind.
4. Rosehip seed oil
Rosehip seed oil is one of the best natural moisturizers for those with sensitive facial skin. It will help to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and heal hyperpigmentation. Rosehip seed oil is also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog the pores of those with acne-prone skin. It’s excellent to use on sensitive skin after shaving as well, helping to heal ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
5. Aloe vera gel
If you’ve ever put aloe vera gel on a sunburn, you know how soothing it can be on sensitive skin. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, meaning it can help heal blemished or irritated skin. It also helps to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, heals stretch marks, and is absorbed quickly. If you do use aloe vera gel as a moisturizer, though, be sure to find one without additives—otherwise, it won’t be any better for your health than conventional lotion.
6. Cocoa butter
Finally, cocoa beans probably make you think of chocolate, but the fatty butter extracted from them also makes a wonderful natural moisturizer. Cocoa butter is rich and creamy—although it is sold in solid form, it will melt when rubbed into your skin. It has a high level of antioxidants, and will help fade scars when applied daily. Cocoa butter is much more stable than most natural oils and butters, which means it has a longer shelf life. It is also hypoallergenic and safe to use even for those with highly sensitive skin.