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It’s fair to assume that most people experience dry skin at some point in their lives. And with the seasonal shift to cooler temperatures, those dry skin flare-ups are on the horizon — but it doesn’t have to be that way.
The best way to avoid dry skin, whether it’s your arms, legs or face, is to prevent it with daily moisturizing. We spoke with seven dermatologists for advice on the absolute best body lotion for dry skin to help inform your shopping decision.
From rough patches, sensitive and even eczema, we have a dermatologist-approved recommendation that can help. In fact, some of these recommendations are just $5, a small price to pay for healthy skin.
So keep those rough, scaly patches and calm redness from head to toe with these dermatologist-approved body lotions, below.
“I love Elta Moisture Rich Cream for dry skin because it not only has the right ingredients to moisturize the skin but also is elegant and easy to use. It is rich with ceramides, the important lipid that keeps our skin cells intact, much like mortar in between bricks, loaded with hyaluronic acid, an incredibly effective humectant which draws water to the dry skin. Besides being highly concentrated with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer also has niacinamide that helps with redness and irritation.” — Dr. Melissa K. Levin, dermatologist, founder of Entiere Dermatology and clinical instructor at NYU Langone Health
Shop it: $27, amazon.com
“I adore CeraVe body cream. It is packed with ceramides which help to reinforce the skin's moisture barrier. It's also budget-friendly, which is important when you need a huge tub to moisturize the body daily.” — Michelle Henry, MD, dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon
Shop it: $14, amazon.com
“For people with really dry to problematic skin, like eczema and atopic dermatitis, this is a great lotion. It soothes the skin by balancing the skin's microbiome and helps lessen redness and itching. This lotion is very thick and nourishing, containing evening primrose extracts that are rich in ceramides and omega-6. Plus it has an airtight pump, so not only is this formula paraben-free, it's completely preservative-free.” — Howard Sobel, MD, Cosmetic dermatologic surgeon and founder of Sobel Skin
Shop it: $33, amazon.com
“The iconic, hydrating formula seals and protects the skin. The formula hasn’t changed since the product was created in the 1930s, and I’ve been using this product since I was a child. It has definitely stood the test of time. The best part is it can be used all over the body — hands, like lip balm, or anything that needs extra moisture!” — Dendy Engelman, MD, dermatologist
Shop it: $17, amazon.com
“I still love Nivea — good old-fashioned body lotion. It’s like baby oil in a lotion. Buy a huge pump bottle and use it generously all over twice a day. It’s for everyone in the family. Especially now that the season is changing again, your skin will dehydrate suddenly. A trusted, inexpensive body moisturizer is an oasis of skin.” — Dr. Ellen Marmur, Dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon and founder of Marmur Medical and Marmur Metamorphosis
Shop it: $5 (was $8), amazon.com
“For all-over body dryness, I highly recommend Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion. This ultra-light lotion contains cocoa butter and shea butter, both designed to soften the outer skin layer. What I love about this product is its seamless spreading formula, which does not leave your skin feeling heavy or drenched, not to mention its affordable price!” — Dr. Caroline Robinson, dermatologist
Shop it: $5, amazon.com
“Amlactin is great for the wintertime as it contains lactic acid, a powerful humectant that helps attract moisture to the body while exfoliating dry, rough skin. Lactic acid is also a key element in the skin’s natural moisturizing factor. The rapid relief formula contains ceramides which decrease transepidermal water loss leaving the skin hydrated and smooth.” — Dr. Jaimie Glick, dermatologist at Marmur Medical
Shop it: $15 (was $19), amazon.com
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