If you have never used natural, homemade moisturizers before, you might be surprised by how different – and how amazing – they are. When you buy a commercial moisturizer from the store, it is filled with preservatives. These preservatives keep commercial moisturizers “fresh” sometimes for years at a time! These moisturizers also typically contain artificial dyes and fragrances, which are suspected of causing a multitude of health problems.
If you visit Skin Deep, you will find that an unsettling amount of moisturizers, lotions, and body powders rate a 7 or higher (meaning “high hazard” to your health). This includes moisturizers by popular companies like Lubriderm, Neutrogena, and Jergens.
The safest thing to do is to ditch all those chemicals and use natural moisturizers. Right now, we offer Orange Cocoa Moisturizer, and you can get a variety of different moisturizers from one of our favorite natural bath and body companies: Terressentials. What makes them different from commercial brands?
First, natural moisturizers are better for you, plain and simple. They do not include toxic ingredients, they are not filled with preservatives, nor do they negatively affect the earth, as they are not made with petro-chemicals.
These creams and lotions are typically much richer than commercial brands, as well, and yes, a bit greasier. This is because they are made with oils and butters, and they do not contain alcohol (yes, commercial brands often contain alcohol, which seems counter-intuitive to the idea of moisturizing!). You will find that you don’t need much – a little goes a LONG way. If your hands are still a bit greasy after applying, simply rub them onto any exposed skin – your legs, wrists, forearms, elbows, decolletage, and neck are some areas that typically are ignored. Wiping the excess cream from your hands onto these areas will “de-grease” your palms while hydrated the rest of you!
Natural creams and lotions are made from emulsifying water and oil – two ingredients that don’t like to be mixed. Just think of how often you shake your Italian salad dressing before pouring. Because of this, it is very common to find large drops of water forming on the surface of your moisturizer, and to find them forming on your hands when you scoop some out and apply it. This is completely normal and doesn’t affect the quality of your moisturizer in any way. You can drain any excess water from your jar when you find it, if you like, but it is visible proof of the moisturizer’s hydrating capabilities.
Temperature plays a role in natural moisturizers, as well. The ingredients each have different melting points, making them sensitive to temperature changes. Further, there are no stabilizers, thickeners, or any other synthetic ingredients that keep these moisturizers at a fixed level of viscosity. So when it’s warm, your moisturizer will be softer. When it’s cold, it will harden.
Finally, it is important to remember that natural moisturizers have a shorter shelf life. Most stay fresh for about six months. Doesn’t it feel good to apply a moisturizer that hasn’t been sitting on a shelf for a year previous to your purchase?
For some, it takes a while to get used to natural moisturizers. We are so used to instantaneous (and chemically-aided) absorption, synthetic fragrances, and homogenized formulas that it can be a challenge to leave our comfort zone and try something new. But at 5 Seed, we challenge you to take baby steps into “greenifying” your skin care routine. And if you can get softer skin from natural, non-toxic products, then why not give it a try?