The Best Organic Moisturizers for Dry, Sensitive Skin

The Best Organic Moisturizers for Dry, Sensitive Skin

I have struggled with dry, sensitive skin for years. As someone who wants to use natural, organic skincare products, I have tested my fair share of moisturizers trying to find ones that provide relief without irritation. Through trial and error, I’ve learned a lot about what ingredients work best for my skin type. Here’s what I’ve discovered are the best organic moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin.

What Causes Dry, Sensitive Skin

Before getting into product recommendations, it’s helpful to understand what causes dry, sensitive skin in the first place. There are a few key culprits:

Climate and Environment

Factors like cold winter weather, low humidity, and hot showers can all draw moisture from your skin faster than it can be replenished. This leads to tightness, flaking, and itchiness. People with sensitive skin seem to be impacted more than those with normal skin.


Some people are just born with skin that is thinner and has a weaker moisture barrier. This allows irritants in and moisture to escape more easily. Those with fair skin tend to be more prone to sensitivity.


Harsh soaps, fragrances, alcohols, and chemicals found in many skincare products can disrupt your skin’s protective barrier. This makes it more vulnerable to moisture loss and environmental triggers.

What to Look For in an Organic Moisturizer

Now that we know why dry, sensitive skin happens, what should you look for in a moisturizer to combat it? Here are the key ingredients and qualities I prioritize:

Gentle Plant Oils and Butters

  • Jojoba oil – Mimics your skin’s natural oils
  • Avocado oil – Full of fatty acids to repair skin
  • Shea butter – Intensely moisturizing but still absorbs well
  • Evening primrose oil – Soothes redness and inflammation

Soothing Botanical Extracts

  • Aloe vera – Calms irritation
  • Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory
  • Calendula – Healing and protective

Hydrating Humectants

  • Glycerin – Draws moisture into skin
  • Hyaluronic acid – Holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water
  • Squalane – Natural moisturizing factor

Thick, Creamy Textures

Light gels don’t always cut it. Opt for moisturizers with dense, creamy textures that act as an emollient barrier.


Fragrances, natural or synthetic, contain hundreds of potential irritants. It’s best to avoid them entirely.

The Best Organic Moisturizers for Dry, Sensitive Skin

With those key ingredients and qualities in mind, these are my top picks:

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream

  • Key ingredients: jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid
  • Lightweight yet super nourishing
  • Absorbs quickly without greasy feel
  • Soothes and strengthens skin barrier

I use this luxurious cream both morning and night. My skin drinks it up and looks more calm, smooth and glowy by the morning.

Weleda Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream

  • Key ingredients: sunflower seed oil, almond oil, lanolin, beeswax
  • Intensely hydrating and protective
  • Thick, dense, balm-like texture
  • Can be used on face, lips, hands, elbows, anywhere

I slather this on any severely dry patches and let it soak in overnight. It’s so rich it almost feels medicinal, like a soothing salve that makes skin supple and touchably soft.

Aveeno Calm + Restore Oat Gel Moisturizer

  • Key ingredients: colloidal oatmeal, jojoba oil
  • Lightweight gel-cream soothes and cools
  • No fragrance or harsh chemicals
  • Affordable drugstore option

This gentle gel feels cooling and hydrating. It’s a great lightweight option for daytime under makeup or whenever my skin feels inflamed or overheated. A little goes a long way.

Finally, Some Key Tips

In addition to using the right moisturizer, here are some other tips to manage dry, sensitive skin:

  • Avoid very hot showers
  • Use a humidifier at night
  • Take an omega-3 supplement
  • Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of drying skin
  • Use moisturizer even during oily times
  • Experiment with products during a skin flare
  • Visit a dermatologist if conditions persist

The most important thing I’ve learned is that being consistent with a gentle routine tailored to my skin type makes a huge difference. It may take trying a few different natural moisturizers to find your perfect match. Pay attention to how your skin looks and feels and let it guide you. With time, you’ll discover what it responds best to.

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