If there’s one body ritual we rarely skip, it’s applying lotion – dry, scaly skin has no place on our body. As soon as we step out of the shower, we pat ourselves dry then rub in a dollop (or three) of lotion all over our body. When you combine our daily lotioning and our obsession with trialing new skincare products, you can imagine just how many body lotions we’ve tried and tested. Here are 10 of our all-time faves from drugstore and luxury brands that help get rid of everything, from dry skin to body acne. These creams have got you covered.
1. For Bootayful, Soft Skin: Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45
We’ve been obsessed with Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream sine our holiday romance with it on a summer vacay. The gorgeous smelling cream leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and it’s all down to its not-so-secret ingredient list. It features guarana, an Amazonian plant that contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet. It also contains antioxidant powerhouse acai to hydrate and restore the skin, and mega-moisturizer, coconut oil. We also love the texture; it absorbs like a dream and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. And the pistachio caramel scent? We die and go to Brazilian heaven every time we apply it.
2. The Drugstore Staple: Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter, $15
Hasn’t everyone bought a Soap and Glory product in their life? Most probably this lotion: the award-winning butter does everything you need it to. It absorbs easily, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated, it smells divine (the signature Soap & Glory pink scent) and it doesn’t feel sticky, which is a must.
3. For Mature Skin: Dr. Doris Day Retinol Body Serum, $112
This retinol serum feels uber luxurious: it practically melts into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and hydrated. That’s not all, as it contains retinol, it’s a powerful anti-aging formula that’ll diminish the appearance of fine lines, sunspots, and crepey skin. We apply it to our neck and décolletage daily as this is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. For more deets on why you need to start using retinol on your body, read this.
4. The Iconic Cocoa Butter: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion, $5
Is there a more iconic body lotion than the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter? The simple yet nourishing formula is one of those drugstore products that you’ll buy again and again. Cocoa butter is a rich natural moisturizer that seals in hydration for silky soft skin. It also boasts vitamin E; a potent antioxidant that’ll help brighten dull damaged skin while also improving skin tone – it’s great a diminishing the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Plus, it’ll help strengthen the epidermis (the top layer of your skin), preventing future moisture loss.
5. For Chicken Skin Acne: Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion, $28
If you’re prone to booty spots, backne, or chicken skin aka keratosis pilaris (those annoying bumps on the top of your arms), this moisturizer is about to become your new best friend. The 2-in-1 formula will moisturize and gently exfoliate, as it contains hydrating AHA, lactic acid, to help detox pores. It also contains sweet almond oil to hydrate and soften the skin. It leaves the skin feeling super hydrated, soft and smooth and helps keep pesky bumps at bay.
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6. For Dry & Dull Skin: Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, $30
This no-fuss, no-fragrance, no-nasty formula is another award-winning lotion – we practically bathe in it! The hydrating cream contains beta-carotene, which is a naturally derived antioxidant found in carrots, it’s a rich source of vitamin A; an essential nutrient that supports skin cell renewal, helping you banish dry, scaly skin. That’s not all: it contains sesame seed oil and cocoa butter to soften the skin, as well as squalane, a botanical lipid that helps replenish the skin’s outer barrier so that it can retain moisture more efficiently.
7. For preventing ingrown hairs & pimples: Amlactin Moisturizing Body Lotion, $23
We recently discovered this body lotion when we discovered the INSANE reviews on Amazon – one review said it changed their life! Again, it’s a moisturizing, exfoliating hybrid so it’ll gently remove any dead skin while providing a surge of hydration. It’s ideal if you’re prone to body acne as it contains 12% lactic acid, a potent AHA that’s able to hydrate, penetrate, and exfoliate the skin at a deeper level to remove dead skin that’s blocking your pores and causing pimples. For more deets, check out our full review.
8. For Super Soft Skin: Shea Moisture 100% Raw Shea Butter Lotion
Shea butter is one of the richest, most hydrating ingredients on the planet and this lotion is made with 100% raw shea butter so go figure… The intense lotion will replenish even the driest skin. What makes it so effective is it’s packed with fatty acids that help protect the skin and prevent it from drying, plus as it’s an emollient it helps to smooth the skin and reduce flakiness. It’s also been shown to reduce inflammation. In short – it’s a skin-saving ingredient and you need it in your life.
9. For Bumpy Skin & Booty Spots: Cerave Sa Lotion for Rough & Bumpy Skin, $16
While this drugstore lotion may not look like much, it’s a dermatologist fave and that’s all down to the inkey list. The formula boasts AHAs and BHAs (SA stands for salicylic acid) that’ll gently eliminate dead skin cells that can result in body acne. It’s also enriched with vitamin D and mega-hydrators; hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which will help repair the epidermis, preventing moisture loss while simultaneously drawing in moisture. It’s also non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and non-irritating so it’s safe to use on everyone’s skin from oily and acne-prone to sensitive skin.
10. For Luxury Hydration: Caudalie Divine Oil, $49
While this isn’t a lotion, it’s so good we couldn’t leave it off the list. This divine oil is a combination of argan oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, and shea butter, so it’s bursting with skin restorative antioxidants that’ll seal in moisture, protect your skin’s defensive barrier, and promote even tone and diminish scars. Plus, as it’s an oil, it’s fast-absorbing and hydrates your skin at a deeper level. Plus, it smells exactly like the brand describes – divine – it’s like body perfume!
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