Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Affordable price point
Suitable for sensitive skin
Pump top makes it harder to use up all the product
Can feel slightly greasy on oilier skin types
Overall, the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is such a simple but effective moisturizer for fighting dryness all over the body. It’s soothing, hydrating, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
We purchased the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.
As much as I love a luxurious, aesthetically beautiful product, when it comes to certain daily essentials, sometimes you just can’t beat a drugstore classic. And as far as drugstore beauty goes, it doesn’t get much better than Aveeno. It’s a brand my mom always had in the bathroom, and the original Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is actually one of the first beauty buys I ever spent my money on.
Fast forward 12 years, and I’m still a fan. This body lotion is one of those products you buy time and time again, knowing full well it will soothe and nourish dry or dehydrated skin (all without burning a hole in your wallet). But despite its longevity, I’m sure there’s a select few out there who have yet to try it. So to assist you on your next trip to CVS, you’ll find a detailed review below.
Keep reading for my thoughts on Aveeno’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion.
Best for: Normal to dry and sensitive skin.
Uses: This product is designed as an all-over moisturizer for the body.
Star Rating: 4/5
Potential allergens: None
Active Ingredients: soothing oat extract, rich emollients, and 1.2 percent dimethicone skin protectant
Byrdie Clean? Yes
About the brand: Aveeno is an American skincare brand that works with scientists and dermatologists to create clinically proven products that nurture and care for the skin.
About My Skin: Face and body have different needs
The skin on my face is prone to shine and breakouts, but my body is very dry (go figure). For this reason, I love a nice hydrating body cream or lotion. I also have a weird habit of shaving my legs every single time I shower, and nothing beats that smooth-legs-freshly-moisturized feeling (in my opinion, anyway). But it is hot where I’m located (Sydney, Australia), so anything too sticky or rich below the neck is a no from me.
The Feel: Lightweight, yet hydrating
The texture is relatively lightweight, but it does have a certain emollient quality, so could potentially feel greasy in certain areas (like the chest). The oat formula is fast-absorbing, while the skin protectant dimethicone and glycerin give it moisturizing properties. This formula is fragrance-free, which is a bonus to many who don't want an overwhelming scent or one that competes with their perfume.
The Ingredients: Healing and hydration based in nature
Aveeno puts emphasis on naturally-sourced ingredients, and this lotion is non-comedogenic and promises to moisturize for 24 hours. Let's take a closer look at the ingredients.
- Oat extract: The Daily Moisturizing Lotion uses a prebiotic oat compound known to soothe the skin and restore the moisture barrier, meaning it’s really useful for anyone dealing with tightness, dryness, or itching.
- 1.2 percent dimethicone: This is an emollient that protects the skin and seals in moisture. It also gives the silky texture to lotions.
- Glycerin: This is a humectant that draws moisture toward the skin.
How to Apply: Quick and easy
This one is pretty straightforward: just take a few pumps and massage all over the body, working it in until fully absorbed. I like to apply lotion to damp skin for an extra dewy result (and this approach can actually help with deeper hydration overall, too). For those of us with really (really) dry skin, you could even use it on your face if you were in a pinch.
The Results: Silky and nourished
Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion will give you soft, silky, properly hydrated limbs. My advice is to try this body lotion out all over and see how it fares. It’s fragrance-free and noncomedogenic, so it won’t contribute to congestion on your arms or legs, either.
According to Aveeno, the Daily Moisturizing Lotion improves the health of dry skin in one day, and I’ve got to say, they’re not lying. It sinks in, gives a healthy glow, and keeps moisture levels topped up throughout the day.
The Value: As good as it gets
At $9 for a large pump bottle (18 oz.), the value of Aveeno's Daily Moisturizing Lotion is pretty fantastic. There are more luxurious options out there I’d pick over this given the choice, but if cash is your bottom line, Aveeno is a great way to go.
What to Look For: Hydration factor
When shopping for a body lotion, you should look at your skin type and determine the best product that meets your concerns. For those with very dry skin, body oils or thicker creams are a great choice. For those with oily skin or acne-prone skin, a lightweight lotion would be a good choice. You should also consider the active ingredients in the lotion. Aveeno uses dimethicone and oat extract for hydration, making it a great choice for those with dry skin. Hyaluronic acid is another product that helps hydrate and is a great addition in lotions. For those with anti-aging concerns, look for ingredients like peptides and antioxidants like vitamin C. Peptides, along with ingredients like caffeine, may also help with firming if you want a lotion that helps tighten skin.
Similar Products: You've got options
Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Cream: This $10 body lotion from Nivea is as good as it gets. It’s super hydrating but not slimy and gives the skin a really beautiful sheen. It feels much more expensive than it is, and who doesn’t want that? It’s got quite a strong scent though, so keep that in mind if you prefer a fragrance-free product.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream: If you’re really dry, itchy, or prone to mild eczema, CeraVe's moisturizing body cream is a great option. It’s loaded with ceramides, which work to repair the skin’s barrier and prevent water loss. It’s also fragrance-free and absorbs well. In comparison to the Aveeno, this is somewhat thicker in texture (although double in price at $17), so it could be especially nice for intense dryness or days you want to feel a little more luxurious. Read Byrdie's full review here.
Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizing Lotion: This seriously affordable pick from Jergens ($8!) contains vitamins C, E, and B5 for nourished, healthy skin. It applies beautifully and leaves zero residue—impressive considering its deep hydrating abilities. You can also use this on the face if you wanted.
Overall, the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion is a great product for a good price. It can feel quite moist on the skin, so my recommendation is that it’s best for drier skin types (or as a winter product, perhaps). Overall, it’s a drugstore icon and I won’t be quitting it any time soon.
- Product Name Daily Moisturizing Lotion
- Product Brand Aveeno
- Price $9.00
- Weight 18 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Active Ingredient: Dimethicone 1.2% (skin protectant). Inactive Ingredients: Water, glycerin, distearyldimonium chloride, petrolatum, isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol, avena sativa (oat) kernel flour, benzyl alcohol, sodium chloride.