Skin Care

20 Body Lotions That Will Make Cold Weather Less Miserable

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with winter. While we have the cute coats and caramel brulée drinks to bask in, there's the change of seasons that fuels the bitter side of it all. Maybe it's the frigid windchill, the lack of light past 5 p.m., or the onset of dry, chapped skin that makes winter a fickle friend.

To be fair, dry skin isn't restricted to cold months, as anyone who suffers from it year-round will be more than happy to tell you. But it does tend to worsen when the weather is chillier, and it's also harder to treat when you're fighting against the elements. That's why you need to arm yourself with the best heavy-duty body lotions, balms, oils, and even butters to tackle the problem from head-to-toe before spring rolls around.


Our top body lotion picks for cold-weather season, ahead.

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Beekman 1802 Oak Moss Goat Milk Lotion

When you want to smell like that mom-and-pop cabin in the Catskills, but don't have the spare budget to make the trip, smooth on this woodsy-scented body cream. Yes, it's deeply moisturizing, relieves irritated skin, and doesn't leave you slick and greasy, but it also smells exactly like it would if you were hiking Kaaterskill Falls and not stuck at home forced to inhale your roommate's leftover takeout.
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Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream

For a gleaming, non-sticky glow, this neroli-scented lotion (infused with skin-loving ingredients like cactus flower and prickly pear extracts) is perfect for slathering from the neck down.
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Nécessaire The Body Lotion

This multivitamin lotion — a 2019 Beauty Innovator Award winner — goes on silky-smooth to soothe the skin while strengthening it over time.
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Jergens Vanilla Hand and Body Lotion

Maintaining hydrated skin doesn't have to come at a high cost. Jergens' new lotion is oil-infused, promises 24-hour moisture, and smells like vanilla cake.
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Lanolips Everywhere Multi-Cream

This balm has lanolin, a sheep's wool-derived wax that deeply moisturizes dry patches. Even the most dire skin woes can be healed with this stuff, but there are plenty of alternatives if you prefer a vegan formula.
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Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Deluxe Moisture Body Crème

Sure, words of affirmation are great, but slathering on this velvety-soft body crème is our actual love language this season. Infused with cold-pressed hibiscus flower oil to retain moisture, nourishing shea butter to soothe dry spots, and meadow foam oils to soften skin and promote elasticity, this spa-worthy formula deserves permanent residency on your shelf. 
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Avène Moisturizing Melt-In Balm

As soft as a freshly-washed basket of white linens — and lightly scented like one, too — this gentle formula is lovable for all skin types, including the most sensitive.
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Bioderma Atoderm Cream

It's French, fragrance-free, and comes with a pump for easy, soothing relief. What more could you ask for?
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Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil

Slather your body in this vitamin-packed oil as soon as you step out of the shower when your skin is still damp. It'll trap in moisture and keep the bitter cold out all day long.
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Susanne Kaufmann Body Oil

Technically you should avoid extra-hot showers to keep your skin happy when it's cold outside, but if you just can't break the habit, pick a luxe body oil to smooth over your skin post-shower to make up for it. The pure rose oil in this formula, sourced from Damascene roses, will make you feel like you're bathing better than a modern-day Marie Antoinette.
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Buckler's Chapped Skin Remedy

Whether you like to spend your winters locked inside with the heat cranked and a hot cup of tea in hand or bravely hitting the slopes, this all-over balm will repair wind-battered skin no matter where you fall on the dryness spectrum. Chamomile and aloe juice calm irritation, while calendula and shea butter soothe overnight.
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Malin + Goetz Vitamin b5 Body Moisturizer

Free from pore-clogging oils, wax, and silicone fillers, this shea butter-and-honey formula is the body moisturizer to keep on your bedside table.
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Burt's Bees Hand Salve

Salves are the unsung hero of body care: They pack a major punch of hydration where you really need it, like the backs of your arms, hands, elbows, and knees. This tote-friendly tin will keep your driest patches soft in a pinch.
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Aesop Resolute Hydrating Body Balm 

Wheat germ — yes, wheat germ — is the hero ingredient in this skin-soothing formula, which hydrates, relieves irritation, and promises to calm eczema, too. It's just the icing on the cake that the packaging looks great in an Instagram flat-lay.
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Vanicream Moisturizing Cream

It might not be the sexiest tube of lotion, but it is one of the most universally beloved for sensitive skin. This no-frills moisturizer rehydrates without oils, dyes, or added fragrances, so you never have to worry about your body care making those skin flare-ups even worse.
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Meant The Absolute Balm

But if you're trying to fit your aesthetic while simultaneously easing itchy, dry skin, here's your solution: This multi-purpose balm uses coconut, monoi, and argan oils to quickly absorb into skin so you might look — and smell — like you belong in a tropical paradise... rather than a blizzard.
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La Roche-Posay Lipikar Eczema Soothing Relief Cream

If you have eczema-prone skin, this one's for you: Fragrance-free and lighter than a feather, this simple cream keeps dry patches at bay and calms flare-ups on contact.
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Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream

Since winter seems to be the longest season of them all, it's helpful to look for a body product that doesn't just soothe dry patches in a quick pinch, but also keeps you hydrated in the long run. We know this emollient cream was originally formulated for infants and diaper rush, but it's just as good for an adult's scaly elbows and arms. Even better, it includes AHAs so your roughest spots are smooth in just a few uses.
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Glytone Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream

Sometimes you have to treat your elbows and heels to some extra T.L.C. — especially when Mother Nature has restricted your winter footwear to boots that are bulky and tight. Treat your calloused patches with this heavy-duty cream that is as exfoliating as it is softening.
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Vaseline Hand and Body Cocoa Radiant Lotion

For less than five bucks, you can give your skin the gift of this O.G. Vaseline formula, which has creamy cocoa butter that'll make your skin feel like it's wrapped in expensive cashmere for a fraction of the cost.
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