http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-woman-applying-lotion-image18383668A great place to start eliminating chemicals from your beauty care routine is with a good alcohol free all natural body moisturizer. Generally when people use these they are covering their entire bodies from head to toe and they remain on your skin for long periods of time. Even worse, most moisturizers contain petroleum based ingredients such as alcohol, fragrance and other chemicals contributing to an increase in dry skin and of course an increase in sales of all things “moisturizing.”

Years ago, prior to my obsession with natural skin products, I purchased just about every skin lotion on the market in search for relief of my very dry skin. While these lotions may initially make your skin feel better when you apply it, they actually dry out and damage  your skin; the more you apply, the dryer your skin becomes and the more you will need.

The growth of body moisturizers has also led to more sensitivities, redness, itching and rashes. Simply eliminating your current dry skin products and replacing them with all natural, chemical free products can drastically change your skin health. Lotions that contain “-cones” such as dimethicone, alcohol, fragrance or other chemicals can mask the underling problem and actually advance the aging process.

Instead of sinking into your skin and nourishing it from the inside out, like healthy ingredients do, it forms a sort of plastic-like barrier on the outside of skin. Your skin is now dependent on the barrier which disrupts the skin’s won hydrating process which increases dryness, making your skin look older. This barrier may also increase breakouts.

The best natural body moisturizers should be rich in butters and oils such as shea butter, almond oil and avocado oil. Choose products with as little synthetic ingredients as possible. Better yet, make your own.

Here are 10 natural body moisturizers with the least amount of toxins: