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There are dozens of different body lotions lining the shelves at the drugstore, making it understandably overwhelming to find the right one for daily use. But one thing’s for sure: daily moisturizing is essential to keeping skin looking smooth, youthful, and healthy as you age. Whether you’re looking to hydrate super parched skin or firm up aging skin, there's undoubtedly a lotion out there for you.
Below, find the best body lotions on the market.
Best Overall: Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer
Make the most out of the moisturizing effects of 100% natural hemp seed oil with this ultra-soothing body lotion. This unscented and THC-free lotion wins for its dramatically hydrating formula and budget-friendly price point. Made with shea butter, ginseng, and vitamins A, C, and E, this nourishing formula promises to protect skin from natural and environmentally triggered elements, which can cause skin to age faster.
If you’re interested in scented lotions, Hempz also sells the same standard body lotion formula in a number of different scents, from Sweet Pineapple and Honey Melon to Green Tea and Asian Pear.
Best Budget: Skin Trip Mountain Ocean Coconut Moisturizer
Everything there is to love about body lotion—lightweight texture, non-greasy feel, moisturizing properties just to name a few—can be found within this fast-absorbing formula by Skin Trip. And, thanks to an affordable price tag, you don’t have to spend your bi-weekly paycheck to enjoy said benefits.
Formulated with skin-loving ingredients like coconut oil, aloe vera, and lanolin, this body lotion delivers a surge of nutrients and moisture to dry skin. It’s perfect for use after a shower, shave, or beach day for instant hydration without a greasy residue. Reviewers are particularly fond of the subtle coconut scent, which is reminiscent of a warm, tropical island. Think of it as your one-way ticket to paradise, without the cost of airfare.
Editor's Pick: Nécessaire The Body Lotion
They don't call this ultra-moisturizing body cream a multi-vitamin formula for nothing. It’s formulated with vitamins A, B3, C, and E, along with Omegas 6 and 9, antioxidants, niacinamide, and three luxurious oils—marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils to be exact. The list of what’s not included in the product is just as lengthy, and includes silicones, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, petrochemicals, and other potential skin irritants.
With continued use, expect to see body skin that’s moisturized, softened, strengthened, and visibly healthier. Byrdie Editorial Director Faith agrees this not-so-average body lotion—along with the rest of Nécessaire’s bodycare line which includes a body wash and personal lubricant—is worth trying.
Best Drugstore: CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid
This everyday body lotion is so gentle and reliable, it’s the perfect choice for every member of the family. It's formulated with ceramides, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin, to moisturize and build up the protective layers of the skin for up to 24 hours, all while remaining lightweight rather than sticky or goopy.
This moisturizer is also fragrance- and oil-free, and hypoallergenic, so even people with the most sensitive skin will be protected from unwelcome rashes and breakouts. The best part? The affordable formula is so gentle, you can use it on both the face and body without worrying about clogged pores.
Best for Dry Skin: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Dry Skin
Aveeno is a classic lotion brand for a reason: their use of Active Naturals Collodial Oatmeal truly helps to lock in moisture and prevent dry skin better than their competitors on the market. Oatmeal, long known for its ability to soothe sensitive skin in the form of oatmeal baths, actually gives skin the enhanced ability to absorb moisture, which in turn will relieve dry, itchy, or flaky skin over time.
In addition to being super-hydrating, this product is lightweight and non-greasy, which makes it perfect for people with eczema that need a strong product that isn’t too heavy to wear all day. This fragrance-free lotion is dermatologist recommended and at less than $10 per bottle, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Best Firming: Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion
This popular lotion from Philosophy offers the best of a daily moisturizer with the added boost of a firming solution. It’s incredibly hydrating due to the natural olive and macadamia nut oils and unique blend of vitamins E and C. The addition of a powerful antioxidant blend helps prevent skin from environmental toxins and firms skin to help tone wherever the lotion is applied. The cream is also made with Philosophy’s best-selling Amazing Grace fragrance, giving you a light scent to wear all day in place of or layered over your usual fragrance.
At around $40 a bottle, this lotion is on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but the combination of moisturizer, firming lotion, and amazing scent make it worth every penny.
Best Smelling: Nubian Body Lotion, Coconut & Papaya
Lather yourself in the sweet smells of coconut and papaya with this totally luxurious lotion. The super-moisturizing formula is made from shea butter, aloe vera, vitamin E, coconut oil and papaya, which is an unusual lotion ingredient, but is actually very rich in vitamins that are great for healthy skin. The addition of coconut oil, which has exploded into a must-use beauty ingredient in recent years, helps to protect and soften skin for lasting relief.
This brand is also cruelty-free so you can feel good about where your money is going. And at less than $15 a bottle, it’s the cheapest tropical getaway you’ll find.
Best All Natural: Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion, Unscented
If you’re looking for a moisturizing cream that is good for you and good for the planet, look no further than this Puracy Organic everyday cream. After trying out and receiving feedback on four different formulas, the brand settled on an all-natural, food-grade mix of organic ingredients including sunflower oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil, and vitamin E, which will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth without the addition of harmful chemicals.
Thanks to the natural and organic ingredients, this organic lotion is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, never tested on animals, and is biodegradable, so you know you’re making the best choice for the earth. Puracy is so sure that you’ll love their lotion, they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, or they’ll refund your purchase.
Best with SPF: Eucerin Daily Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Creme
You know the deal: it’s important to wear sunscreen every single day (yes, rain or shine). While you may only associate this PSA with the skin on your face, it’s also imperative to protect the skin on your body, too—even when you’re not hanging out at the beach.
This drugstore mainstay from Eucerin is your best bet if you’re looking for a no-frills SPF-infused formula to incorporate into your daily routine. Featuring SPF 30, this lightweight yet creamy lotion protects your skin all while keeping it super hydrated all day long. While it works for everyone, this is a particularly great formula if you have skin that’s on the drier side, or if you have more sensitive skin that tends to react negatively to SPF. This dermatologist-approved lotion is also non-greasy and fragrance- and paraben-free.
Best Anti-Aging: La Mer The Reparative Body Lotion
As skin ages, it experiences a loss of moisture, which can accentuate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is natural and nothing to stress over, but if it bothers you, know that there are body lotions formulated with aging skin in mind that can help turn back the hands of time. Case in point: La Mer’s The Reparative Body Lotion.
The silky, nourishing formula boasts replenishing waters and restorative sea-born ferments that help boost skin hydration levels for a plumped, lifted skin appearance and all-day protection against dryness. Of course, it wouldn’t be a La Mer product without a potent infusion of the brand’s nutrient-rich Miracle Broth to soothe and hydrate all levels of dry skin.
Best for Pregnancy: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter
There’s no denying that your skin goes through a lot of changes when you’re expecting. While some changes—like that gorgeous pregnancy glow—are welcomed, others, like stretch marks, may not be as desired. That’s why it’s important to keep the skin on your growing belly ultra-hydrated.
That’s where this Palmer’s Cocoa Butter cream comes into the mix. While you can't control factors like genetics that can contribute to stretch marks, this deliciously scented cream can keep your skin hydrated throughout your pregnancy. It's packed with nourishing ingredients and like skin-softening cocoa and shea butters, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, lutein, which helps to improve hydration and supports skin-stretching, and argan and almond oils, which are full of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals to nourish and help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
The long-lasting formula keeps skin moisturized for up to 48 hours allowing skin to stretch more easily since it is thoroughly hydrated. It’s also free of not-so-great-for-you ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, and phthalates. To apply, massage wherever you are prone to stretch marks up to three times per day, or whenever you’re in need a moisture-boost. One reviewer said she has no stretch marks since using this cream during (and after) all nine of her pregnancies.
Best In-Shower: NIVEA In-Shower Cocoa Butter Body Lotion
If you’ve never used an in-shower body lotion before, prepare to meet your new favorite product. The benefit of applying lotion in the shower is that you get the same deep moisture as a body butter, without the super heavy feel or leftover residue. Simply shower as you would normally, apply the body lotion, rinse it off, and get dressed as normal.
This dermatologist-approved cocoa butter cream from NIVEA deeply nourishes and promises to provide 24 hours or more of soothing moisture. While cocoa butter can be a heavier ingredient in some lotions, this in-shower lotion allows the wearer to get dressed right after toweling off—no additional dry time needed.
Best Shimmer Body Lotion: Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream
Facial skin tends to get most of the attention, especially when it comes to luminosity. But a healthy glow can (and should) be achieved on body skin too, and this fan-favorite body moisturizer by Glossier can help. The tiny light-reflecting particles in the formula deliver a gorgeous, dewy sheen to the skin post-shower, or whenever you feel like it. In addition to a boost in radiance, expect a smoother skin surface, all-day hydration, and an enhanced skin look.
The perks are seemingly endless, but here’s one more for good measure. The formula dries quickly without unwanted residue or stickiness, cutting down the amount of time you need to wait before getting dressed. Moral of the story: Don’t be surprised if this hero product (see what we did there?) becomes a staple in your medicine cabinet.