11 Moisturizers That Don't Support the Fossil Fuel Industry
If you're not freaked out by the recent climate news, I don't know what to tell you. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's just-released report shows, we're nearly out of time to prevent disastrous, cataclysmic global warming and sea level rise. As far back as 2011, experts have emphasized that we can't shop our way out of this enormous problem — it will take government action to force profiting companies away from the activities leading to our planet's demise. But if you still want to make sure your skincare routine isn't supporting the fossil fuel industry, the good news is there are tons of options that use only sustainable ingredients.
Countless crude oil-derived petrochemicals are used in skincare, but the most obvious ones to look out for are petrolatum, petroleum, petroleum jelly, paraffin, and mineral oil. Other common culprits are ethylene, propylene, and butadiene, along with any ingredients ending in -eth, which means they're created with the petrochemical ethylene oxide (same with PEGs). Anything that starts with ethyl-, butyl-, methyl-, and propyl- is a red flag, as are triethanolamine, diethanolamine, and monoethanolamine, which is usually abbreviated to MEA. Finally, look out for EDTA and "fragrance," which can also conceal wilderness-damaging compounds.
That can seem like a lot to remember, but a growing number of brands now come right out and say their formulas are petrochemical-free, which is easier than memorizing a bunch of chemical names. Switching isn't going to solve our global predicament, but abandoning the ingredients can effectively tell companies we're done supporting those that wreck the world. (That said, the most sustainable path is finishing whatever you have on hand before cracking open a more eco-friendly product). And with the myriad fabulous sustainable formulas available, there's no reason not to get on board.
These are the best moisturizers that divest from the fossil fuel industry:
- Best for Smooth Skin: Cocokind Texture Smoothing Cream
- Best for Wrinkles: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer
- Best for Acne and Sensitive Skin: Prima The Afterglow Cream
- Best for Brightening Hyperpigmentation: Ren Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream Moisturizer
- Best for Redness: Weleda Skin Food Original
- Best for Oily Skin: Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer
- Best for Dry Skin: Ghost Democracy Cocoon Replenishing Ceramide Rich Cream
- Best for Combination Skin: Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer
- Best Oil Moisturizer: Mara Natural Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil
- Best at the Drugstore: Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream
- Best With SPF: Kari Gran Natural Essential SPF 28 Facial Sunscreen
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