The Best Body Lotions Of 2022

By | January 27, 2022

One of the best ways to keep your skin feeling hydrated and smooth is to create a ritual of applying moisturizer from head to toe as soon as you step out of the shower. Whether you’ve exfoliated dead skin with a scrub, shaved with your razor, or just cleansed with body wash, your skin needs a protective layer of lotion after its natural oils are washed away.

We tested 14 of the top body lotions from the most popular names in body care. The Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion (available at Amazon) won our Best Overall for its creamy and quick-absorbing formula that left behind a smooth, silky finish. We also awarded theHempz Moisturizing Skin Lotion (available at Amazon) with a “Best Fragrance” title for its moisturizing feel and wide variety of delicious scents.

These are the best body lotions we tested ranked, in order: Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing LotionHempz Moisturizing Skin LotionEucerin Advanced Repair LotionJergens Skin Firming Body LotionAlba Botanica Very Emollient Body LotionPalmer’s Coconut Oil FormulaOGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Ultra Moisture Body LotionCerave Daily Moisturizing LotionLove Beauty & Planet Body LotionAveeno Daily Moisturizing Body LotionVaseline Intensive Care Body LotionCetaphil Moisturizing LotionLa Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Body CreamNivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion

Credit:Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Lotion moisturizes with a silky-smooth texture.

Credit:Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Hempz Moisturizing Skin Lotion offers a moisturizing feel in a variety of amazing fragrances.Pros

Great scent variety available

Absorbs fastHow We Tested Body Lotions

Credit:Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

We tested over a dozen body lotions to find the best one.The Tester

Hi, I’m Jessica, the beauty editor at Reviewed. I’ve tested all things skin-, makeup-, and hair-related for our beauty section. My job has led to plenty of conversations with dermatologists, and some advice I’ve heard over and over is that moisturizing is key for healthy skin and your skincare routine should extend beyond your face. Taking this to heart, I make a point to use a body moisturizer every day as soon as I step out of the shower—needless to say, I was the perfect tester for rating the best body lotions at Reviewed.The Tests

I searched popular skincare retailers and read bestseller lists to compile a list of top-rated body moisturizers for testing. I then narrowed down the initial, extensive list to those that cost less than $dua per ounce, the intent being that expense should not be an inhibitor to using lotion generously for healthy skin. Once the bottles started arriving, I tested two a day—one on each side of my body from shoulders to feet—and recorded my results on a scientifically calibrated rubric that asked me target questions about the lotions’ most important attributes. Those included:

Feel: Does the body lotion feel too oily or too dry? Does it feel heavy on the skin after absorbing in? Do you need a lot of body lotion to feel moisturized?

Longevity: How moisturized does my skin feel after letting the body lotion settle in for a minute? After an hour? After six hours?

Packaging: Is it easy to get the body lotion out of its container? Do you end up getting lotion all over the container during use? Does the lotion have a lockable pump or cap to avoid spills?

Smell: Does the lotion have a fragrance? Is it pleasant or unpleasant? How powerful is it?What Should You Know About Body Lotions

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Consider how much moisture your skin needs and whether you prefer a fragranced formula.

After testing more than a dozen moisturizers, I found that many could work well for any one person. All of them contain moisturizing ingredients designed to soothe and hydrate the skin. Some examples include glycerin, pantothenic acid, shea butter, and fruit and plant oils. Knowing that each one provides a protective, moisturizing layer to the skin as promised, the most important factors to consider are consistency and scent.

Before you grab a body lotion, consider when you plan to apply it. While “lotion” connotes a thin formula, some on this list have a thicker consistency that may take more work to spread out and more time to absorb in. If you know that you shower in the morning and need to quickly get into your clothes and out the door, you may want to go with a thinner, fast-absorbing formula, even if it means the moisturizing effect wears off sooner. But if you have the time and need a major moisture boost, a thicker formula that takes some elbow grease but lasts a while once on is a great choice, especially for those who plan to apply it leisurely after a nighttime shower.

Another consideration: A lotion that smells as great as it feels can add great incentive to sticking with a moisturizing routine. However, you may want to opt for a fragrance-free formula if you have sensitive skin, or if you’re worried about having it compete with your perfume or that you simply may tire of it after days or weeks of application.

Our Best Overall pick is a safe bet for its creamy, fragrance-free formula—a Reviewed staffer who uses it occasionally adds essential oils to jazz it up—but we’re confident that there’s a great body lotion to suit your needs on this list even if our top two don’t appeal to you.Other Body Lotions We TestedPros

Pleasant scentPros

Spread easilyCons

Pump doesn’t lockPros

Spreads easilyCons

Formula separatesPros

Variety of scents availableCons

Pump doesn’t lockCons

Slick finishMore Articles You Might EnjoyThe Best Hand CreamsThe Best Foot SpasThe Best Bath BombsThe Best Face Cleansing BrushesMeet the tester

Jessica writes and edits beauty content for Reviewed’s lifestyle section.

Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Emerson College, and she’s written for 7News, Boston.com, Citizine, and Boston Common Magazine.Checking our work.

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