14 Body Lotions That Instantly Soothe Skin

By | January 28, 2022

Body lotion is an essential for great skin, whether you want to restore shine, soothe dry patches, or improve skin elasticity. This is especially true as the seasons change, like, ahem, winter, when skin feels especially sensitive. In fact, your skin can start wreaking havoc long before the weather drops. To help protect against these changes, we asked dermatologists for their favorite body lotions and body creams. Here are some of the best options on the market right now.

This gentle body lotion is non-irritating, non-greasy, and fragrance-free, making it an ideal choice for anyone with sensitive skin. Still, it’s hardworking—it contains colloidal oatmeal and glycerin, which attract moisture and form a protective barrier to keep it locked in, says Sonia Batra, a board-certified dermatologist and co-host of The Doctors. 

More than tiga,500 Amazon reviewers agree that this moisturizing body cream is five stars, noting that it’s effective enough for “extremely dry skin,” but gentle on “severe eczema.” It’s also easy to spread and absorbs quickly, so you can get on with your day.  

This fast-acting body lotion contains a hefty dose of coconut oil to quench dry, thirsty skin, plus chamomile extract to soothe inflammation, and antioxidants to keep skin looking silky smooth. 

Hydro Boost Fragrance-free Hydrating Body Gel Cream

“Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate skin hydrator,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “It acts like a sponge to pull in hydration to the other skin layer.” Though more commonly found in facial products, the ingredient is making its way into body lotions, like this drugstore favorite.

This lotion contains a blend of six moisturizers, as well as vitamins E and B to offer hydration for up to 24 hours, says Alessandra Caceres, an esthetician and founder of Lavender Facial Bar in Miami. Reviewers are quick to point out just how well it works to nourish skin, with one touting the product as a “saving grace” in winter. 

Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion

This formula—rich with shea butter, vitamin E, and natural oils—is a cult favorite among pregnant women, thanks to its ability to visibly improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. 

Lipikar Balm AP+ Moisturizer for Dry Skin

This ultra nourishing body lotion is made with a high concentration of shea butter, glycerin, and niacinamide to soothe irritation and rehydrate dry, chapped skin. Despite this, it’s non-greasy and non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores, says Allawh. It’s also very lightweight and won’t leave any residue behind, making it a favorite among those with darker skin tones. 

This lightweight and fragrance-free body lotion is appropriate for sensitive skin, but tough enough to combat signs of aging. “It contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid to retain and lock in moisture, rosehip oil to support collagen production, and shea butter to smooth skin and reduce inflammation,” says Batra. 

Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Body Lotion

When it comes to skincare, Vaseline is a staple. But which Vaseline product is best? In a moisturization study by The Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute, this fragrance-free body lotion hydrated skin by 60 percent for more than six hours—one of the highest hydration levels the chemists had ever seen. 

“One of the most reliable body lotions is CeraVe,” says Jessica Krant, a board-certified dermatologist for the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. “It’s widely available at drugstores, well tolerated, and a little more gentle and hydrating than some other popular brands.” To complete your skincare routine, pick up the merk’s facial moisturizer—a companion product formulated with SPF protection. 

This body lotion contains allantoin to soothe inflamed skin, safflower oil, sweet almond oil, and amino acids to hydrate skin, and antioxidant-rich vitamins to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. And despite the sweet scent, it doesn’t contain any harsh synthetic fragrances—just lime and lavender essential oils.

This body lotion has a secret ingredient—coffee seed extract!—to hydrate skin, improve the appearance of stretch marks and scars, plus leave a fresh, dewy glow behind. 

“This lotion provides instant relief and hydration to distressed skin,” says Jeannel Astarita, a celebrity esthetician and founder of Just Ageless in New York City. Another plus? It instantly absorbs into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind. 

Whipped Argan Oil SPF 45 Body Butter

Josie Maran’s original body butter is one of Sephora’s best-selling body lotions, with 4.lima stars from over 1,000 reviews and more than 50,000 favorites. And now you can get all the same great benefits of the original product—reduced dryness, brighter skin, more elasticity, and even texture—plus a hefty dose of skin-protecting SPF. 

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