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The 9 Best Lotions for Hydrating Dry Skin


No matter what the season, a case of dry skin is bound to hit you from time to time. In colder temperatures, it can, unfortunately, happen quite frequently. With less moisture in the air, skin can turn flaky, ashy, and extremely dry. In some cases, these conditions can even cause eczema-prone skin to flare up. We all know the best way to fight dry skin is to moisturize, but here comes the tough question: Which moisturizers actually work?

Below we’ve highlighted 9 of the best body lotions for dry skin – five of which are based on glowing Ipster reviews from past Glam Bags. It's time to wave goodbye to those dreaded dry patches once and for all.

KANDEE JOHNSON x PURLISSE BEAUTY Butter Me Orange Creamsicle Body Butte

PURLISSE BEAUTY Butter Me Orange Creamsicle Body Butter

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This rich body butter combines orange extract, coconut oil, and vanilla to form a sweet-scented lotion that's a real treat for the skin. Coconut oil is extremely hydrating, vitamin C brightens up dull skin, and vanilla and humectant aloe combine forces to soothe irritated skin.

"I love this body butter; I use it every day," wrote one Ipster. "It is lightweight and not too greasy and also has a light scent, which I love! I cannot handle too much fragrance and this has the perfect amount."

PLAYLIST Show & Glow Body Lotion in Pineapple Sorbet

PLAYLIST Show & Glow Body Lotion

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For another heavenly-scented body lotion, check out this formula from PLAYLIST that smells just like a piña colada. The moisturizing powerhouses in this formula are a deluxe combination of oils. Here you'll find emollient coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, and sunflower oil. The formula also features golden, micro glitter that translates into a radiant glow in the sun.

"Didn't know I was going to like this. Now, I don't know how I'll live without it," reads one Ipster review. "It goes on so smoothly, looks awesome, and OMG it smells so good!"

BASD Body Lotion in Seductive Sandalwood

BASD Body Lotion

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For something a little less sweet, try this earthy body moisturizer infused with sandalwood and bergamot. This lotion is made using organic, plant-based ingredients so you can hydrate without parabens and sulfates. Here you'll find a powerhouse of hydrators like sunflower oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Additionally, this formula uses coffee seed extract, which can invigorate and smooth the skin, sometimes even resulting in a minimized appearance of cellulite.

"I wasn't sure about the scent at first, but I love it," wrote one Ipster. "It's very light which is important to me because I get migraines. It made my dry legs feel super silky!"

AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion

AHAVA Dead Sea Water Mineral Body Lotion

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If you're not a fan of body creams that take forever to soak in, try this fast-absorbing lotion packed with minerals from the Dead Sea. When combined with soothing aloe vera, it soaks into your skin quickly without leaving you feeling greasy or irritated. Like all of AHAVA’s formulas, this product is vegan, hypoallergenic, and paraben-free, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin.

"AHAVA is one of my all-time favorite brands," wrote Ipster @jch955. "It's one that my manicurist recommends for dry skin. The hand and body lotions are heavenly. The foot moisturizer is serious business! I highly recommend this brand overall!"

DELECTABLE BY CAKE BEAUTY Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Coconut & Cream

DELECTABLE BY CAKE BEAUTY Triple Moisture Body Lotion

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Smelling just like a coconut cream pie, this lotion fights off dry, flaky skin with the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil, soothing aloe, and hydrating shea butter. If you're not a fan of heavy lotions, you're bound to love the airy, whipped texture of this moisturizer. It absorbs quickly, smells great, and will leave you feeling super smooth.

In a review of this lotion, one Ipster said, "A perfectly smooth, non-greasy lotion with a subtle smell. I still have it in my purse and get compliments all the time."

LXMI's best-selling facial moisturizer was so popular, they reformulated it so that you can slather it all over your entire body. This moisturizing cream features Ugandan Nilotica, which is a rare relative of shea. The Nilotica nuts used in this lotion are cold-pressed to preserve the sky-high levels of essential fatty acids, enhanced vitamins, and nutrient potency. The result is an incredibly hydrating product with a super luxurious texture.

At the forefront of this moisturizing lotion is a hydrating skin care trifecta: argan oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. Following close behind are two less common ingredients: Hawaiian Kukui and evening primrose. Kukui seed oil, which has been used for centuries in Hawaii, is highly-absorbable and high in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. Evening primrose can enhance elasticity and is commonly used to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dry, itchy skin.

Inspired by the Tahitian Islands, this body butter offers an intensive hydrating treatment and long-lasting protection for the skin barrier. The primary moisturizers in this formula are shea butter, almond oil, safflower oil, and vitamin E. This emollient lotion melts beautifully into the skin, leaving it extremely hydrated and smelling like a dream.

This sweet-smelling lotion is scented with honey and sugared vanilla. All that sweetness is balanced out with floral violet and earthy sandalwood. This fast-absorbing moisturizer is packed with hydrating ingredients like cocoa butter, macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, and naturally exfoliating papaya fruit extract.

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About the author
Cortney Clift
Cortney is a New York-based freelance writer who has written about beauty and wellness for more than six years. She was previously the senior writer and special projects editor at Brit + Co where she covered a wide range of news and lifestyle topics.
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Article Last Updated May 12, 2020 12:00 AM