The 26 Best Body Lotions for Your Poor, Parched Skin

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Between the dry, humid air outside and the endless moisture-sucking showers, our skin is practically begging for a reprieve this time of year. And considering that it's our biggest organ, we should probably give it a little more love than just slapping on any ol' moisturizer whenever we remember.

Instead, look for body lotions that include the most hydrating ingredients available—and little else, be it scents, dyes or potential irritants, especially if you have sensitive skin. The lotion should also feel silky—not oily or sticky—and have other benefits like preventing sunburn whenever possible. Read more about what to look for in a body lotion below.

The Top 5 Body Lotions for Dry Skin at a Glance

What Causes Dry Skin?

According to the American Skin Association, dry skin can be caused by anything from harsh soap and itchy clothing to those aforementioned long, hot showers. “The condition often worsens in the winter, when several factors contribute to skin dryness: low temperature and low humidity associated with very hot and dry heating, caus[ing] decreased amounts of water in the stratum corneum (aka the outer layer of the your skin)," the site explains, noting that constant exposure to air conditioning in the summer can have a similar effect.

Other factors, such as age, medication, certain medical conditions and smoking can also leave your epidermis feeling like the Sahara. In fact, according to the American Association of Dermatology, "By 60 years of age, nearly everyone has dry skin." Yikes! If you're starting to cringe, take a deep breath: There is a bit of good news. In addition to drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated from the inside out, body lotion can do wonders to restore your moisture levels and repair damaged lipid barriers.

What Ingredients Hydrate Skin Most?

If you have severely dry skin, experts agree that you should reach for a body lotion that is void of stripping alcohols and contains one of the below hydrating ingredients (or ideally, a combination of them), to help increase your skin’s water content while also repairing its barrier to ward off itchiness, redness and flakes. Here are the main players.

  • Emollients: This is an ingredient that's used to make skin smoother and softer by filling in the gaps and cracks in your skin. Emollients prevent moisture loss and can be found in everything from oils to butters.
  • Humectants: These actually attract water to the skin, increasing its overall moisture content. Look for them in form of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and alpha hydroxy acids.
  • Ceramides: These fats (or lipids) are found in our cells and help restore the skin’s natural barrier, which is responsible for protecting us from things like pollution and bacteria. Lipids deplete as we age, but can be synthetically manufactured for use in skincare products to reinforce our natural production of them, so skin feels smoother, plumper and more hydrated.
  • Occlusives: Once you restore all that hydration, you’re going to want something that keeps it all in. Occlusives do just that, thanks to their waxy or oily nature (i.e. beeswax or cocoa butter) that sit on top of the skin, creating a barrier to prevent further moisture loss.

What Is the Best Body Lotion for Dry Skin?

If you have super parched skin, there's a good chance you'll be applying lotion often. That said, while you probably want something that's lightweight and doesn't feel sticky or heavy, those with especially dry skin that tends to crack or flake might want to look for thicker formulas, such as balms or creams, instead of lotions, to combat the extra dryness they're experiencing.

Regardless of which route you go, your moisturizer of choice should rub in easily without feeling overly greasy or leave a film behind. The idea is for it to serve as a barrier for your skin, keeping it soft and smooth and protecting it against the elements, like sun or cold weather.

Naturally, it should also include the star ingredients noted above: humectants (like glycerin) that help attract water, emollients (like squalene) that help improve its texture and appearance and (occlusives) like oil or wax, that can seal moisture in so it can do its job. For those who live in sunny climates, a good body lotion might also include sunscreen.

What Is the Best Body Lotion for Aging Skin?

As we age, we typically spend more time indoors, where heat and air conditioning can wreak havoc on our epidermis. We also lose oil glands and lipids over time, making our skin feel much dryer. If this is a concern, it's a good idea to find a body lotion that can add some of that hydration back in with ceramides and lipids. (Tip: Such lotions might include wording on the labels like "advanced repair.") Other ingredients to look for include humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which will attract more moisture to your skin.

Body lotions that use essential fatty acids or natural oils (think butter, avocado oil or sesame seed oil) can also help with anti-aging thanks to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

What Is the Best Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin?

Those with sensitive skin should avoid body lotions that have too many added ingredients, including fragrance, which can irritate the skin, leading to the development of itchiness and rashes. The lotion should also be labeled as gentle, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores.

If you have a skin condition like eczema, it's best to look for a body lotion that is labeled to treat this specifically. Ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, which has anti-inflammatory properties, may provide some relief. Some lotions might also include ingredients like menthol, which will have a soothing and cooling effect on irritated areas. And while steroid-based creams as prescribed by your doctor can help with temporary relief, they are not recommended for long-term, daily use.

Ready to get to the good stuff? We've done our research and found 26 of the best body lotions for dry skin ahead.

Best for Everyday Use

1. Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion


  • Why We Love It: seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association, non-greasy, best seller in body lotions

This CeraVe pick checks all of the boxes in terms of what you would want in a good body lotion for dry skin, from its hydrating ingredients right down to the value. With humectant hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help restore your skin's natural moisture, it's also fragrance-free, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic, lightweight and non-greasy. Plus, it holds a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association.

If you need even more convincing, just ask the 71,500 5-star reviews who stan this lotion: "For people who have sensitive skin and are not looking for anything that is scented, this is the perfect product. Within a week, I noticed a significant difference in my skin. It didn't leave any oils or residue [behind]. I honestly do not remember the last time I had acne; this product has helped my skin significantly. I have even used it on my feet for calluses and dry skin there as well. It has worked like a charm!"

Most Hydrating

2. Bioderma Atoderm Crème


  • Why We Love It: includes antioxidant vitamin B3, a trusted brand, fragrance-free

Chances are you're heard of Bioderma's best-selling makeup remover. Well, the brand's lotion is also nothing to sniff at either. Formulated with vitamin B3, it helps to hydrate and improve elasticity, and it has antioxidants to protect your skin from cell-damaging free radicals. It also includes glycerin and minerals to form a protective barrier. The company recommends applying it right after a shower to keep your skin plump and moisturized.

"I’ve been using this for a year now. It's the most moisturizing without a greasy feel. [It] leaves my skin feeling so soft all over. If you have the beginning of dry, wrinkly, sun-overexposed skin on arms, chest etc, this is for you. [It also has] a soft scent and it's terrific right after a shower or anytime," says one reviewer.

Most Splurge-Worthy

3. Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion

Augustinus Bader

  • Why We Love It: features the legendary Trigger Factor Complex, reportedly provides instant hydration, lightweight formula

Everyone talks about wanting their face to glow from the inside out, but no one talks about their hopes and dreams for visibly silky arms and legs. Maybe because there hasn't been a product that actually got the job done. Well, that was until Augustinus Bader's body lotion hit the market and *totally* changed the game.

Now, it may be a splurge, but you should know that the luxe product has a star-studded ingredient lineup complete with shea butter, vitamin E, aloe vera leaf juice and more. It also features the brand's iconic Trigger Factor Complex, a vitamin-and-peptide-packed formula that supports cellular renewal and powers some of our favorite skincare products ever (ahem, the Rich Cream). And you better believe this makes the lightweight lotion a beast at hydrating, nourishing and strengthening dry skin in one fell swoop. So we'll just say we have no doubt that it will also help tackle redness, hyperpigmentation and stretch marks in the long run. Making your skin glow? Just the beginning.

Best Shea Butter Formula

4. Cetaphil Advanced Relief Cream


  • Why We Love It: contains shea butter, softens skin, recommended for sensitive skin

Thanks to its high levels of vitamins and fatty acids, shea butter is known for its ability to act as a natural emollient—and you'll find loads of it in Cetaphil's body lotion. The dermatologist-recommended pick is both hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, making it safe to use on all skin types. The company promises it will lock in moisture for up to 48 hours, which makes it ideal for use on common problem areas like the knees, feet, hands and elbows. The brand also claims that an internal study resulted in a 94 percent softer texture for participants in just one week.

Plus, reviewers appreciate that it isn't greasy and reportedly leaves your skin looking radiant. "This cream is thick, rich and targets skin that’s in major trouble. I use it for patches of extreme dryness like my hands in the winter and my face and neck in the summer months. It applies in a smooth, butter-like layer and absorbs quickly, but I can still feel that layer of protection and moisture on my skin for some minutes after applying," shares one buyer.

Best Vegan Formula

5. Nécessaire The Body Lotion


  • Why We Love It: certified vegan, cruelty-free, effortlessly sinks into the skin

We tried—and loved—this lotion, which is certified vegan and uses only cruelty-free ingredients, including niacinamide (a form of vitamin B), vitamins A, C and E to nourish skin and omegas 6 and 9 to support it, with other naturally-derived elements to boot, like sustainable palm and olive. We appreciate how it immediately sinks in without leaving a greasy or sticky feeling behind.

"Formulated with marula, cacay and meadowfoam oils, it's ultra-moisturizing and sinks into my skin immediately (read: there's none of that my-skin-is-sticking-to-everything feeling). It's also unscented, which makes it an awesome option for those with sensitive skin. My skin fortunately isn't sensitive, but I prefer unscented products so I can smell like my perfume," one PureWow editor notes.

Most Lightweight

6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Balm


  • Why We Love It: great value, hyaluronic acid, lightweight

If you're dryer than the average person, you'll need something that goes above and beyond what you're using now. This non-greasy and lightweight balm attracts more moisture with hyaluronic acid, reportedly leaving it feeling soft and velvety-smooth. The whipped consistency also gives you more bang for your buck since shoppers say a little goes a long way. And we can't forget to point out it's got a "light and unique" scent that's not overpowering or irritating. "This lotion is really light, absorbs quickly and has a nice clean scent. I have super dry skin, and this has become my favorite lotion to combat the dryness. My skin feels quenched," one shopper notes.

Richest Formula

7. Weleda Skin Food


  • Why We Love It: plant-based, thick, editor-approved

Because this body lotion is very thick and rich, it's the perfect pick for those calluses on your feet and hands. Sure, it takes a little extra work to rub in, but the hydration and coverage are well worth it, according to celebs like Julia Roberts and Victoria Beckham.

It's fully plant-based, with extracts of rosemary, chamomile and pansy combined with sunflower and sweet almond oils and beeswax to add that extra bit of sealed-in protection. Plus, one PureWow writer found it calmed her over-exfoliated skin in under three days: "Each night I went to bed looking like a baby seal with a generous amount of oil- and beeswax-laden Skin Food slathered on my face, and every morning I woke up a little less irritated than the last. Surprisingly, it took only 72 hours to heal [my skin] completely."

Best for Irritated Skin

8. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion


  • Why We Love It: smells like cocoa, rich formula, plant-based ingredients

Cocoa butter is an ingredient with a strong legion of fans, and nobody does it better than Palmer's. The brand's lotion pairs this skincare superstar with vitamin E, which helps moisturize dry skin, but also acts as an antioxidant, potentially improving the appearance of scars and other blemishes. Did we mention it also smells like cocoa? Mmm.

One reviewer adds, "I have been using this lotion for over three years, and it truly is the best. The scent makes me think of hot chocolate, but not overpowering at all. I also have sensitive skin, and this has never given me an issue — if anything, it is a calming lotion when my skin flares up with itchiness or irritation. This lotion also keeps my skin moisturized for much longer than other brands."

Best for Eczema

9. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Body Cream


  • Why We Love It: clinically proven formula, featuring soothing oatmeal, fragrance-free

Aveeno is one of the most popular and widely available brands for eczema. Their formulas are non-greasy, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, but the real differentiator is the inclusion of soothing colloidal oatmeal and ceramides, a combination that caught the attention of the National Eczema Association. It's been clinically proven to reduce dryness and scaling that those with eczema present.

In short? This stuff works. Just ask one of the 8,000 5-star reviews: "This moisturizer works great for my eczema, which has been getting worse as the colder months approach and the air is getting dryer. It keeps it so moisturized throughout the night, and even though I don’t have eczema on my hands, it works perfectly just to keep them moisturized and prevents cracks in my skin. Totally worth it."

Best Ceramide-Based

10. Eucerin Advanced Repair Lotion


  • Why We Love It: 48-hour protection, chock-full of ceramides, fast-absorbing

The extra-hot water we tend to use all winter long can really do a number on our skin. Enter: ceramides. These fats and lipids are godsends for helping to protect our epidermis and make it silky-smooth, and this lotion has them in spades for fast repair. Buyers say it also absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy film behind. The result? A moisture shield that lasts for up to what Eucerin claims will be 48 hours.

"I have KP and super dry skin. My skin just sucks up every moisturizer like it's nothing. Especially in NY winters, my skin gets super rough and dry. This is the only lotion that makes my skin sorta soft, and my skin is never soft, it's worst than reptiles," explains one customer.

They continued, "The texture isn't heavy or difficult to spread. It's a medium thickness, but it's more effective than some thicker creams I've used. No scent which is great, and it's a big bottle. It does create sort of a film on your skin, but not in a bad way. It feels like a protective barrier to keep in all the moisture."

Best for Itchy Skin

11. Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion


  • Why We Love It: relieves both dryness and itchiness, has a cooling sensation, fragrance-free

For skin that isn't just dry but also itchy (be it from eczema, insect bites, sunburns or even poison ivy) Sarna's body lotion can provide soothing relief beyond what a normal moisturizer can give. It features active ingredients like camphor and menthol to give you that nice, cooling sensation. A pro tip: Put it in the fridge for some extra chill.

"[I had] horrible itching along with dry skin, which led to trying lots of lotions without success. I checked with a pharmacist, who recommended Sarna. I tried it and was extremely happy with it and have bought many bottles since then. I keep it in every room so it is always handy if the itching flares up. I recommend trying it as everyone's skin is different. If it works, you'll feel like it is a miracle drug. Severe itching is no fun," notes one shopper.

Best for Keratosis Pilaris

12. CeraVe SA Lotion


  • Why We Love It: gently exfoliates, hypoallergenic, contains hyaluronic acid

It can be frustrating if you have both dry skin and keratosis pilaris—a common skin condition caused by dead skin cells that get trapped in hair follicles, resulting in tiny bumps. (They often go hand-in-hand.) Lotions like this one from CeraVe are made with salicylic and lactic acid to gently exfoliate as it hydrates, helping to slough off those cells that would otherwise continue to plug up your pores. It's fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, too.

Still hesitant? Read through this rave review: "I got a small sample from my dermatologist for this to help with my upper arms (I have keratosis). I wasn’t actively looking for anything as I was there for another thing and had given up trying to find a solution for the bumps. I’ve tried other lotions in the past with zero success, so I was skeptical, but this one works!! My arms look and feel so much better! They’re soft, not blotchy red, and the closest to “normal” that I have ever had."

Best Luxury

13. Augustinus Bader The Body Cream

Augustinus Bader

  • Why We Love It: reportedly lessens cellulite, sun damage and stretch marks, cruelty-free, clean ingredients

This lotion promises luscious, smooth skin. It's formulated with a proprietary combination of amino acids called Trigger Factor Complex (TCF8) that the company claims can visibly firm skin, reduce cellulite and stretch marks and even lessen sun damage. Cruelty- and fragrance-free, it's safe for all types of skin, and also contains vitamins A and E, plus shea butter for softness.

While it's much more expensive than the others on this list, if it helps put some bounce back into our epidermal layer, we're all for it. "I’ve tried many creams in my life, and this is my absolute favorite. It not only moistens well but smoothes out wrinkles and evens the skin tone and little discolorations. Also, the nice thing is that it has no smell (like light cream) and absorbs incredibly well," adds one customer.

  • Why We Love It: Latinx-owned, tightens as it hydrates, pleasant scent

If your skin is dry but not necessarily sensitive, you may be able to opt for a scented cream; and if so, this lotion is delectable. With notes of vanilla, salted caramel and pistachio, the brand promises it will have you feeling great but also calm, relaxed and smelling delightful. "This is my favorite body cream. The scent is amazing and lasts all day. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and keeps my legs soft, smooth, and moisturized for a few days per use. It’s worth the price," says one reviewer.

The key ingredient is cupuaçu butter, an antioxidant-rich emollien that aims to provide moisture, stimulate circulation and restore elasticity to your skin, in theory lessening any sagging (hence why it's marketed for your rear). Meanwhile, antioxidant-heavy acai oil is included to help relieve painful cracking, and coconut oil furthers softens, conditions and hydrates.

Best for Flaky Skin

15. Kiehl's Crème de Corps Body Lotion


  • Why We Love It: tried-and-true staple, sustainable, refillable package option

The fact that this company has been around since the early 1970s says it all. Once hailed as an "ash killer," this Kiehl's staple is known for getting rid of your flaking dry skin quickly thanks to its cocoa butter-rich formula. No wonder Chloë Sevigny adores it! If you're a heavy user, you can also opt for the larger refillable version, cutting down on bottle refuse.

"This is the first full body moisturizer I've used that 100 percent resolves my dry skin. In the wintertime, my skin cracks and gets scaly but using this every day last year completely resolved all issues and my skin stayed soft. Absorbs well, not too thick. It's expensive, but I only go through one large size a year, which to me is worth it," shares one buyer.

  • Why We Love It: no need for constant reapplication, helps the body create moisturizing B5, budget-friendly

Dryness and tightness will be a thing of the past once you get your hands on this hydrator. Despite its low price tag, its moisture-locking glycerin and pro-vitamin B5 formula (which is easily absorbed by the body) help soothe and heal dry skin for up to 72 hours without the need for constant reapplication.

"I rarely give reviews, but this lotion has been saving my skin from extreme dryness and itchiness. I cannot believe the difference in my skin since I've been using it for about a month now. I'm also pregnant and was having an itchy belly, but this product really helped to hydrate the skin of my stomach, and the itching has decreased almost entirely. It's a moisturizing product but not greasy at all, and hydration lasts for almost the entire day, from my own experience," one shopper relays.

Best Hypoallergenic

17. Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Lotion

Gold Bond

  • Why We Love It: includes soothing aloe, dermatologist-tested, non-greasy finish

Gold Bond has a long history and a solid reputation when it comes to body lotion, and this one is specially formulated to help moisture-challenged skin. Boasting the power of aloe, which has been credited with everything from having anti-aging properties to soothing burns, it's well-suited to heal the uncomfortable cracks that can come with extremely dry skin without causing any irritation. That's because it's completely hypoallergenic (according to the company, it's even been through the wringer by dermatologists on this front), non-comedogenic and fast-absorbing, with a clean-but-not-overpowering scent that will keep you smelling fresh all day.

"I've been using this product for years and compared to some other products it is one of the best. This lotion truly absorbs into your skin and leaves it feeling so soft. My hands are very dry, especially in the winter. This lotion is my go-to. This lotion is excellent for your entire body including your face. It has a slightly clean smell and dries within minutes. Worth the money!" shares one fan.

Best In-Shower

18. Curél Hydra Therapy Lotion


  • Why We Love It: works on wet skin, recognized by National Eczema Association

If you're short on time, kill two birds with one stone with this in-shower lotion that's activated by H20 to provide extra moisture when your skin is still wet. It absorbs immediately, so you can towel dry, get dressed and be on your way without having to wait around. With a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association, it's safe to use on sensitive skin, and according to the brand's promise, your skin will feel three times more hydrated.

"I have extremely dry skin, and after just one application, yes I said one application, I could feel and see that my skin was moist and felt so soft!! When I woke up the next day after my shower and first application, my skin still felt moist and soft," adds one reviewer.

Best for Restoring Skin

19. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream


  • Why We Love It: protects for 24 hours, binds water to the skin for added moisture, great for sensitive skin

According to the brand, this extra-strength cream works by binding water to the skin to replenish its natural barrier in as little as one week. That makes it especially helpful for treating extra-flaky areas, such as the elbows and feet. Moreover, Cetaphil says it will protect your skin for a full 24 hours after it's been applied. The magic formula includes almond oil and Vitamin E.

"This is the best moisturizer I’ve ever used. It’s not greasy it doesn’t get sticky after applying it to my entire body. It also absorbs immediately, and after washing my hands, I immediately see my skin results improve with less than 24 hours of use. Will never use any other moisturizer Cetaphil is heaven in a jar!" says one shopper.

Best Non-Greasy Formula

20. Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion


  • Why We Love It: lightweight formula, absorbs quickly, comes in a two pack

Want stronger skin without that slippery, greasy feel? Look no further than this dermatologist-developed lotion, which will be your new best friend. Its lightweight consistency, along with its vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5 and lipids, is said to absorb in seconds yet last for hours.

"This is so wonderful for dry, parched skin, and over time it really cures it. In the winter, get this all over your body after your bath or shower. It’s not greasy, so go ahead and be generous. You will feel such relief. Note: this says it is fragrance-free, but I can detect a subtle, almost nutty scent that lingers on the skin. It’s quite nice, and I don’t mind it a bit," one reviewer notes.

Best Drugstore

21. Jergens Ultra Healing Lotion


  • Why We Love It: budget-friendly, dermatologist-test, contains vitamin C

There's no reason to drop a big chunk of change to get quality body lotion. This one from Jergens gets the job done and then some. It promises to improve your skin's appearance by targeting all those dry spots (i.e, elbows, knees, heels). It's formulated with a blend of vitamin C, E and B5, which according to the brand, can moisturize your skin for up to 48 hours.

We trust the 18,700 5-star reviews, which have yet to steer us in the wrong direction. "I'm a nurse, and I wash my hands and apply hand sanitizer a billion times a day at work. Therefore, I apply this lotion a billion and one times a day," explains one fan. "I buy this huge bottle and even with how often I use it—and my coworkers often walk by and take a pump of it too—it lasts many months. The value is incredible given the quantity you get and the quality of the lotion. It's never greasy yet doesn’t make you feel like you’re dry again within minutes requiring a reapply. My hands feel soft and definitely don't feel like the hands of someone who does the work I do."

Best SPF

22. Supergoop! Body Butter


  • Why We Love It: SPF 40, vanilla scent, reef-friendly

A body lotion to moisturize our dry skin is a must, but adding SPF to its formula is a bonus. This one from Supergoop! (the masterminds behind Unseen Sunscreen) comes in a body butter that aims to nourish dry skin, as well as protect it against UVA and UVB rays. It's crafted with sea buckthorn, meadowfoam and argan oil along with fatty acids and vitamins to bring hydration and prevent sun damage. "It’s early in the warm season where I live and usually around this time, I get some photosensitivity due to the lack of sun exposure up here for the majority of the year. Not with Supergoop! I’m not itchy and my skin feels hydrated," adds one shopper.

Most Soothing

23. Avène ZeraCalm Replenishing Cream


  • Why We Love It: relieves itchiness, safe for kids, fragrance-free

If you have sensitive skin, looking for soothing ingredients is key, which is why customers gravitate towards this nourishing cream. Featuring ceramides and natural oils, its rich blend aims to soothe itchy skin and restore moisture. It's also approved by the National Eczema Association as being safe to use. "I have very sensitive, dry and cystic acne-prone skin. This moisturizer is like magic for my skin. It does not sting and actually soothes my skin. And a bonus point is that it is amazing under makeup!" shares one buyer.

Best 2-in-1

24. AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Lotion


  • Why We Love It: contains lactic acid, budget-friendly, safe for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis

If you're looking for an exfoliator and a nourishing lotion, this one from AmLactin should be on your radar. The formula features lactic acid, an AHA that's been proven to remove dead skin cells, brighten dark spots and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

Don't just take our word for it. As one of the 16,000 5-star reviews says: "I've come a long way in treating my KP with another exfoliating product, but I had two last areas on my body that were still red and looked dry. No matter how much I moisturized them, they still looked red. I saw someone recommend this product for KP and decided to try it. What is one more moisturizer, right? Well, this AmLactin is working great on my red spots. They are mostly gone on my arms and very faded on my thighs. So happy with how well it's working and I really like the smell, too!" shares one shopper.

Best Clean Formula

25. Summer Fridays Summer Silk Nourishing Body Lotion

Summer Fridays

  • Why We Love It: vegan, contains hyaluronic acid, award-winning lotion

This body lotion promises superior hydration minus the toxic ingredients. Its rich formula includes natural oils, ceramides and plant-based butters to moisturize and protect your skin. You'll also find ingredients like cocoa butter and shea butter and a blend of oils (like grapeseed, argan, rose hip and linseed) that nourish and protect dry skin. Oh, and let's not forget about the light coconut, vanilla and warm almond scent that's not overly cloying.

"Don’t be fooled by the naming of ‘lotion,’ this comes out like a lotion but it packs a punch of moisture and hydration. I’ve only seen this type of thing happen with body butters. You think it’s going to be heavy on the skin, but it soaks right in! I find that even after I generously slathered my entire body in this, when it dried down, the smell turned more into a really warm coconut and vanilla scent and it’s not overpowering what-so-ever and will not clash with any fragrance you wear," explains one reviewer.

Editor's Pick

26. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First Aid Beauty

  • Why We Love It: clean ingredients, instant relief, sustainable packing

Searching for instant relief? This nourishing cream can help. According to the brand, the lotion promises major improvement to dry skin over time—and we have a feeling it's because of its stacked ingredients list. The formula features shea butter to moisturize the skin, allantoin to calm irritation and colloidal oatmeal to soothe and relieve any itching. (It also gets a stamp of approval from this beauty editor, whose skin has never felt softer since using this cream.)

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