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April 20, 2012

The Best Natural Moisturizers Under $20


After posting a round-up of our favorite affordable Earth-friendly cleansers, many of you asked us to share our top picks for natural moisturizers. Here they are, just in time for Earth Day, April 22!

Best for sensitive sallies: Yes to Cucumbers Calming Night Cream ($15) drenches skin with natural emollients like antioxidant-rich grapeseed and almond oils, both of which are both extremely easy on even the most over-reactive complexions. Cooling cucumber, chamomile and aloe work together to soothe the skin and calm the senses, perfect before bedtime. –Meghan
Best anti-aging: When I was the beauty buyer at a local co-op, I literally couldn’t keep Alaffia’s products on the shelves. Once you try Alaffia3 Baobab & Shea Butter Skin Renewal Face Cream ($17), you’ll understand why. Ideal for super thirsty or mature skin, this shea butter-based cream nourishes, tightens and tones like creams four times its cost while African baobab extract alleviates eczema and psoriasis. –Meghan

Best for dry skin: Weleda Cold Cream ($16) – The ultimate winter skin savior! More balm than cream thanks to the protective barrier it creates against the elements, this fragrance-free anytime moisturizer is so clean and simple it’s hard to imagine that something more expensive could be better. I love the pretty sheen the almond oil leaves behind. –Bets

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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