The best body lotions

The top 9 full-body moisturizers for dry skin

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Jun 26, 2020 · 3 min read

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If you, like me, are prone to dry skin, it’s not just your face. My legs always get extremely dry, and I’m constantly looking for a body lotion that will work for my sensitive, acne-prone skin. Have you ever gotten body acne? Let me tell you: it’s not fun. Even worse is layering on a body moisturizer looking for relief only to find your skin is more cracked and irritated than before. So I thought: why not round up the best body lotions for people like me? From lightweight lotions to body butters — these moisturizers are non-comedogenic (that means they won’t break you out). They’re also free of common skin irritants, and some are even fragrance-free. Read on to find the best body lotion for you!

The best body lotions from drugstore brands

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

  • fragrance-free

  • good for dry, itchy skin

  • shea butter is a key ingredient

  • approved by the National Eczema Association

  • $17.99

Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion

  • helps to lock in moisture with almond oil, mineral oil, and petrolatum

  • drugstore body lotion with the best value (39¢per ounce)

  • contains synthetic fragrance — not the best for sensitive skin

  • $5.49

Dove Cream Oil Intensive Body Lotion

  • thick, creamy lotion

  • good for extremely dry skin

  • contains synthetic fragrance — not the best for sensitive skin

  • $5.99

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15

  • unscented and free of synthetic fragrance

  • soothes skin with oat extract

  • has SPF 15 — but you should really wear at least SPF 30

  • $8.79

Aveeno daily lotion

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The best body butters, lotions, and creams

Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream

  • fast-absorbing formula

  • mica gives luminescent finish for glowing skin

  • contains synthetic fragrance — not the best for sensitive skin

  • $22.00

Necessaire The Body Lotion

  • fragrance-free

  • with jojoba, meadowfoam, and sugar cane extract

  • vitamin-rich formula helps fight free radicals

  • $25.00

Korres Body Butter Yoghurt

  • body butter for extremely dry skin

  • with almond, sunflower, and avocado oils

  • contains synthetic fragrance — not the best for sensitive skin

  • $32.00

Jurlique Softening Rose Body Cream

  • body butter with non-greasy formula

  • with shea butter, beeswax, and lavender

  • contains synthetic fragrance — not the best for sensitive skin

  • $39.00

Beautycounter Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa

  • good for extremely dry skin

  • soothes skin with aloe and chamomile

  • light citrus scent (with no added synthetic fragrance)

  • $39.00

If you’re as much of a skincare geek as I am, you know that everyone’s skin is different. What works for one person might not work for you. That’s why it’s important to get to know your skin and listen to dermatologist-backed research when it comes to choosing your products. I hope my reviews are helpful, but at the end of the day, the best body lotion is the one that works best for you!

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