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Not to brag, but I’m skincare savvy. My hydration efforts are herculean; my exfoliation track record is just short of epic. My face, I’ve been told, is almost unsettlingly soft. Yet, I’d be lying if I said I moisturized anything south of my clavicles on a regular basis. Only when my limbs begin to itch, crack, and flake — usually in the winter — do I actually use body lotion.
Well, it’s winter and I’m a-flakin’ yet again. If you can relate — and are looking for the best body lotion for dry skin — keep reading. Below, seven smoothing formulas to shop — from an exfoliating cream spiked with lactic acid to an emulsion of Brazilian-born butters that might just make you look better naked.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Nude Cream
Unlike the richly-scented Bum BumTM Cream that put Sol de JaneiroTM on the map, the brand’s Brazilian NudeTM Cream is totally fragrance-free. Nevertheless, it does share similarities with its predecessor, including an ultra-rich texture, a greaseless finish, and three skin-softening Brazillian ingredients: acai, cupuacu butter, and coconut oil. Calming, fatty acid-rich passion flower adds extra suppleness to dry skin.
AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides
It’s easy to eschew exfoliation — until you notice what looks like a blizzard of dead skin billowing from some long-forgotten limb. To stave off such skinstorms, consider Amlactin® Rapid ReliefTM. The formula exfoliates and softens: Gentle alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) loosen dead skin and speed turnover, while ceramides and vitamin E help promote hydration for up to 24 hours.
Kopari Beauty CBD Body Calm Cream
Coconut-centric skincare brand, Kopari®, is adding another nourishing ingredient to its roster with its CBD Body Calm Cream. In addition to coconut oil and shea butter, the lightweight lotion is loaded with inflammation-fighting CBD. The fragrance — a zingy blend of citrus and earth — is vaguely reminiscent of cannabis (though positively non-psychoactive).
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
Given that dry, itchy skin can result from a compromised skin barrier, we’d be remiss not to mention CeraVe® — a brand known for its barrier-strengthening prowess. The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream contains ceramides to repair barrier damage — and, consequently, reduce inflammation and itchiness.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream
A roster of hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and French spring water make La Roche-Posay® Lipikar® Balm AP+ Moisturizer for Dry Skin a hydrating superhero. The formula is free from fragrance and other potential irritants. It’s even accepted by the National Eczema Association®.
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Oat & Hemp Multi-Fix Salve
To soften seriously stale skin, consider the First Aid Beauty® FAB PharmaTM Oat and Hemp Multi-Fix Salve . Loaded with soothing hemp, oat, and avocado oils, it smooths even the roughest of hides. We’re partial to using it on rugged heels, cracked hands, and chapped lips.
La Mer The Renewal Body Oil Balm
Applying the La Mer® The Renewal Body Oil BalmTM is less drudgery, more ritual — and a luxurious one at that. The formula begins as a balmy lotion and transforms into a silky oil, leaving a soft sheen in its wake. La Mer fans will be happy to hear that this body lotion is also infused with the brand’s Miracle Broth®.
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