Dry, scaly skin can be kind of a nightmare no matter what the season. So, in the spirit of smoother, ultra-hydrated skin, we put together a list of our favorite hard-working body lotions, old and new. Be warned, though. Sometimes, the most effective products come in not-so-sexy packaging (sorry, Curél). For moisturizers, it's what's on the inside that counts — as opposed to our skin, which is clearly a topical issue.
Click through for the lotions that will go the distance all year 'round.
This lightweight, yet intensely hydrating, lotion never leaves our limbs feeling greasy or sticky.
St. Ives Soft and Silky Coconut and Orchid Body Lotion, $4.79, available at Target.
This body lotion from Tocca ticks all the boxes: It's intensely hydrating (thanks shea butter and honey!), it smells like cucumbers and grapefruits, and its vintage-inspired bottle is so,
so beautiful. Tocca Cleopatra Body Lotion, $20, available at Nordstrom.
This body cream has a price tag fit for the 1%, but if you're on the hunt for something to
spend your tax return on, it's a good contender. The pink cream is loaded with rose butter and rosehip oil and smells like — you guessed it — gorgeous, expensive roses. By Terry Baume De Rose Body Cream, $95, available at Barneys New York.
This gentle body cream is great for those with easily-irritated skin. It's packed full of seaweed extract and oils to hydrate and sooth the skin. Plus, it doesn't contain any added fragrance, a common irritant.
The Seaweed Bath Co. Unscented Body Cream, $12.99, available at The Seaweed Bath Co.
This cream is intensely hydrating — and we mean
intensely. This isn't for everyday skin woes of mildly dry skin, but for the parched patches and irritations you just need to get rid of ASAP. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, $30, available at Sephora.
It might feel strange to rub petroleum jelly all over your body, but it's the cure-all formula that won't cost you an arm and a leg. Burns, cuts, wind rash, dry cuticles, and a million other things are solved with Aquaphor's magical formula.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Step out of the shower, don't even bother drying off, slather this everywhere, and let it soak in while you do your hair and makeup.
Curél Hydra Therapy, $7.99, available at Target.
Dry, itchy skin needs intense hydration — and this reparative lotion is just that. It also contains AHAs so your skin is gently exfoliated of dead skin while being replenished with rich moisture.
Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion, $8.99, available at Target.
This body balm is an essential for dry, itchy skin that just can't beat dehydration. It's somewhere between a butter and a lotion — with the added bonus of smelling like sandalwood.
Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm, $35, available at Aesop.
This luxurious, rose-scented body oil contains a mixture of nourishing oils like jojoba, coconut, and evening primrose. Oh — and it also doubles as a massage oil. Total win-win.
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Massage & Body Oil, $68, available at Net-A-Porter.
Irritated skin is pretty much a guarantee when the weather changes. No matter how rich the body butters might be, the itch never subsides. But this drugstore lotion always gets the job done. It's filled with ceramides to strength skin and prevent it from flaring up in the future.
Curel Itch Defense Lotion, $7.19, available at Target.
This body butter from J.R. Watkins contains a hefty dose of coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize dry skin. Plus, it smells like coconuts and warm honey, which really lifts our spirits in the morning.
J.R. Watkins Body Butter, $11.99, available at Target.
Not only does this non-greasy lotion hydrate like a dream, its zesty, tangy scent will help wake you up in the morning post-shower.
Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Lotion, $23, available at Sephora.
If you’re looking for something that absorbs in record time, consider Kopari’s lightweight, coconut oil-based formula. It can be used on your face, hair, and cuticles — as long as you don’t mind smelling like you just returned from the tropics.
Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil, $44, available at Kopari Beauty.
This simple, three-ingredient body oil is perfect for slathering on after a warm shower.
S.W. Basics Body Oil, $20, available at S.W. Basics of Brooklyn.
Sure, you may not look at a bar and immediately think "moisture." But take the plunge with this tea-scented option from Lush, and you're sure to change your tune. It's actually a pretty genius idea: The bar melts into a moisturizer as you rub it into your skin. Pro tip: Pick up a
metal tin to keep this sucker from melting when you aren't using it. Lush Shades of Earl Grey Massage Bar, $10.95, available at Lush.
This whipped butter not only melts into skin instantly, it smells delicious. Formulated with shea butter and aloe vera, it's gentle and light, but still quenches.
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, $15, available at Soap & Glory.
This lightweight, yet intensely hydrating, body lotion is ideal for sensitive or eczema-prone skin. The formula features a mixture of sunflower, jojoba, and grape seed oils to condition the skin and colloidal oatmeal, calendula, and chamomile to soothe it.
Skinfix Daily Lotion, $14.99, available at Target.
This ultra-rich body butter from Clinique is perfect for dry areas (think elbows and knees), and has an ultra-silky texture so it absorbs quickly into skin.
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter, $29.50, available at Clinique.
This meringue-like body oil contains a blend of egg-yolk extract, honey extract, and milk protein, which work together to gently exfoliate and hydrate skin.
Too Cool for School Egg Mousse Body Oil, $25, available at Sephora.
This body oil by One Love Organics contains a laundry list of nourishing oils — sunflower, pumpkin, and sea buckthorn to name a few — in a convenient spray bottle.
One Love Organics Gardenia Tea Antioxidant Body Serum, $39, available at One Love Organics.
This absolutely luxurious body soufflé from Mayfair Soap has a combination of cocoa butter and sunflower oil to guarantee extra hydration for your skin. Plus, there is a subtle hint of jasmine and waterlily for the most relaxing scent.
Mayfair Soap Foundry Sea Lily Jasmine Body Souffle, $8.99, available at Target.
If the 10K love tags on
Sephora's website is any indication, this Philosophy product is a game changer. It's infused with the brand's Amazing Grace fragrance and includes Godly moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and olive oil. Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion, $44, available at Sephora.
This body cream not only moisturizes your skin but also helps tighten and smooth the look of your bod. It's recommended for your back side area — hence the name — but it works wonders all over.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45, available at Sephora.
This jar may seem tiny but the whipped body butter it contains is a hydrating superhero. It includes Josie Maran's signature ingredient, argan oil, as well as other key moisturizing agents like shea butter an avocado oil. It also comes in ten different all-natural scents so you can switch up your fragrance of choice whenever you please.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, $35, available at Sephora.
We've been slathering this rich cream — which includes ingredients like rice-plant essence, cupuaçu butter, and fig — over our bod all year long, and our skin has never felt more moisturized. Bonus points for the heavenly scent and pretty packaging that helps to instantly improve our vanity.
Kenzoki Sensual Bare Body Cream, $48, available at Sephora.
Elizabeth Arden’s classic Eight Hour Cream helps to banish any dryness, tight skin, or flaking you might feel — for a full eight hours, of course. The cream sinks into your skin without a sticky residue, so you can lotion up quickly, get dressed, and get moving.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $26, available at Elizabeth Arden.
Is your skin entering flake-off territory? The Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin pump-out moisturizer from Jergens will be your savior — the nourishing lotion is packed with vitamins to heal skin and lock in moisture.
Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer, $6.79, available at Walgreens.
A new spin on an old favorite (everyone from
Pamela Anderson to Cher is obsessed with the original Kai fragrance), this lightweight body lotion smells like a dream and moisturizes like one, too. Kai Rose Body Lotion, $37, available at Nordstrom.
This super-lightweight, yet intensely hydrating cream was created with a blend of essential oils and shea butter to soften skin. Plus, the white-tea extract helps skin look younger by neutralizing any damaging free radicals in the air.
Origins A Perfect World Intensely Hydrating Body Cream with White Tea, $34, available at Sephora.
This super-moisturizing body cream is packed with 25% shea butter, which helps to heal and sooth dry and itchy skin. Translation: When you’ve started to become completely reptilian, this cream’s high concentration of rich ingredients will not only moisturize, but also help to protect against the elements to prevent more dry skin from forming.
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream, $44, available at Sephora.
The coconut smell of Aveeno's lotion can help you pretend you're on an island vacation, wherever you are.
Aveeno Skin Relief Nourishing Coconut Lotion, $8.37, available at Walmart.
If you love a thicker-textured lotion, look no further.
Ahava Mineral Botanic Rich Body Butter, $30, available at Ahava.
This borrowed-from-the-boys body lotion is clutch post-shave.
Jack Black Epic Moisture Extra Rich Body Hydrator, $32, available at Sephora.
Lush's cult-favorite lotion feels like a dream when you smooth it on.
Lush Dream Cream Body Lotion, $27.95, available at Lush.
There's a reason this jar is one of Kiehl's most beloved products. It intensely hydrating
and smells delicious. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, $48, available at Kiehl's.
The almond oil in this little blue bottle gives a heavy dose of moisture.
Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Not only does this power cream — packed with marula oil, kigelia extract, and kalahari melon seed oil — provide all-day moisture, but its glycolic acid exfoliates to fight dark spots and lines, too.
Lancer The Method: Body Nourish, $65, available at Lancer Skincare.
Don’t let this silky oil’s lightweight texture fool you: Squalane is supremely hydrating and sinks into skin rather than just sitting on top of it, thanks to its similarity to the skin’s natural oils.
Biossance 100% Squalane Oil, $58, available at Sephora.
This luxe body butter smells like the French countryside and leaves your skin supple and smooth.
Caudalie Vine Body Butter, $34, available at Sephora.
Body lotion not your cup of tea? This hydrating oil looks glamorous and feels just the same on the skin. Using rosehip and sunflower seed oils, the formula is surprisingly lightweight and repairs rough patches fast.
Kora Organics Noni Glow Body Oil, $58, available at Sephora.
You don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve never tried this one-of-a-kind classic, which has been made by the same family-owned company since it launched in 1971. With a simple formula that contains coconut oil, aloe vera, and soothing lanolin, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and never greasy — not to mention smelling deliciously of fresh (not fake!) coconuts.
Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Coconut Moisturizer, $9.99, available at Walgreens.
This delightfully-scented cream is rich enough to moisturize the ashiest of elbows and the roughest foot calluses.
The Body Shop Spa Of The World Japanese Camellia Cream, $36, available at The Body Shop.
The only thing more casually luxurious than a lightweight body oil that sinks in quickly, smells like almond cake, and leaves skin feeling like silk is one that comes in a bottle that would fit perfectly in your dream home in Provence.
L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil, $50, available at L’Occitane.
know you've seen these bottles plastered all over your local subway station. But unlike most products, this rich lotion is well worth the hype — and its mini light particles provide a healthy, lit-from-within glow. Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream, $22, available at Glossier.
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