Body Lotion Is So 2005: 8 New Ways To Hydrate Dry Skin

We've advanced technologically so far in pretty much every category in the beauty industry: skin care, hair care, even nails. Yet, that old standby, body lotion, remains pretty much the same since what our grandmothers were doing back in the day. Clearly, it's time for a little bit of reinvention.
In the past few months, we've seen a relative boom in body hydrators that come in all kinds of nifty new forms. From sprayable mists to gels and treatment serums, we rounded up eight of the most advanced below-the-neck moisturizers around.
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Featuring a blend of steam-distilled essential oils, this easily-absorbed body oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamin E to help nourish and repair dry skin.

Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum, $98, available at Kahina Giving Beauty.
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This hydrating water is the body equivalent of a face freshening mist. It's made with extracts of gardenia, jasmine, and camellia flower, plus a 10% botanical glycerin to provide long-lasting hydration. Great for those who hate the greasy feel of lotions, or to keep at your desk whenever that dry office air starts making your arms and legs feel like they're slowly being sucked dry of moisture.

Lierac Eau Sensorielle Hydration 24H Corps, $40, available at Lierac.
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We use treatment serums to keep our skin from aging prematurely, so why not one for your body? Formulated with sunflower shoot, lupin oil, and organic peppermint oil, this fast-absorbing serum helps hydrate, improve skin elasticity, and slow down the physical signs of aging.

SpaRitual Body Serum Slow-Aging, $60, available November 1 at SpaRitual.
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Hate heavy body butters that sit on the skin and make you feel like a greaseball? Then pick up this innovative hydrator from Dayna Decker — it's a gel formulation that is the epitome of lightweight. It sinks right into the skin to leave it silky-soft and not one bit greasy. It's derived with wood extracts to help stimulate skin-cell renewal and protect from free-radical damage. Argan and marula oils improve elasticity, while bamboo and vitamin A lock in moisture. Also worth noting: The subtle, sexy sheen this gives our legs.

Dayna Decker Botanika Essence Moisturizer in Taiga, $48, available at BeautyBar.
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Made with a decadent mix of ylang ylang, rose, lavender, and cocoa, the intoxicating scent of this luxe oil alone is enough to put it at the top of our daily skin rotation. But, it's the oil's hydrating prowess that really makes this worth noting — the dewy glow and gorgeous radiance it gives our skin is out-of-this-world sexy. The good stuff, indeed.

May Lindstrom The Good Stuff Radiance Oil, $110, available at May Lindstrom.
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Spray this super-fine (in every sense of the word) oil onto your bod and watch it go to work. The blend of sweet almond, olive, and avocado oils softens skin, while vitamin E firms. Bonus: It can also be used as a massage oil.

Benefit Bathina Soft To Touch...Hard To Get Silky & Seductive Body Oil Mist, $34, available at Benefit.
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Like your lotions a little more on the natural side? Sunday Riley's Juno serum is made with a combo of botanical extracts that gives skin a sexy sheen as it moisturizes. Silk amino acids plump up dry skin while a lipid blend helps restore elasticity and tone.

Sunday Riley Juno Body Transformative Body Lipid Serum, $105, available at SpaceNK.
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On the opposite end of the body lotion spectrum are those women who need something a bit more substantial to tackle their flaky skin. This body balm from June Jacobs is a shea butter base with nourishing oils, plus soy and rice extracts. It helps replenish and retain moisture, plumping the skin in the process. The refreshing cucumber-and-green-tea scent makes it a refreshing choice for your a.m. moisturizing.

June Jacobs Green Tea And Cucumber Body Balm, $50, available at June Jacobs.
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