Whether you suffer from a dry-skin condition or just have skin that gets a little thirstier in the winter (read: everyone) added moisture this time of year is a must. Coconut oil is a great natural go-to for a hydrating slather, but it can be a little greasy for those trying to slip into skinny jeans, leggings, or (crystal-infused) tights directly after application. For the very same reason, some people just don’t like lotion—it can be slow to absorb, messy, and thick-feeling, even though it is necessary for healthy skin.
Luckily, just as there are a wealth of non-greasy options when it comes to moisturizing your face, there is also hope for the parched skin below your neck. Gel moisturizers, for example, can be a great alternative to traditional lotions because they’re water-based and therefore absorb quickly without leaving a slimy residue behind. Balms, too, could work well for you in winter months as they’re ultra-hydrating and go on smoother, like an oil.
Keep reading to find out which gels, balms, sprays, and even traditional-yet-non-greasy lotions you should be digging into as temperatures continue to dip. If you’re going to be thirsty this season, after all, it should only be for a superfood-infused cocktail.
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The ingredients in these non-greasy moisturizers should all be familiar, but the critical component to this lotion may shock you—it’s weird and maybe gross, but effective! If (spoiler alert) a blood-infused slather isn’t your cup of tea but you still want to use natural ingredients, try these DIY-moisturizer recipes, instead.