The Best Body Lotions For All Year Round

By | January 27, 2022

Aside from sun protection, moisturizer is arguably the most important element of any skin-care routine. “Moisturizer doesn’t just add water back into your skin, it also traps in the water you already have to plump it up and protect it,” Mona Gohara, a board-certified dermatologist at Yale University, previously told Allure. But try as we might, so often, the skin-softening process ends at our necks.

That is, until now. It’s time to heed expert advice and find the body moisturizer that’s going to make every inch of your skin happy. “Your skin absolutely needs moisturizer,” says Gohara. “Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. It’s not bloody or gutsy, but it’s still an organ, and organs need water.”

The easiest way to get the rest of your body in on the hydrating action? Slather on a luscious lotion that’s formulated specifically for dry, tired limbs. Whether you prefer a frill-free body lotion, a luxurious cream, a lightweight oil, or a rich balm, these products are guaranteed to wrap your skin below the chin in some serious TLC.

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Courtesy of brandLove Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Delicious Glow Body Lotion

We granted Love Beauty and Planet’s Delicious Glow Body Lotion back-to-back Allure Readers’ Choice Awards in 2020 and 2021 because it’s not your garden-variety moisturizer: Natural murumuru butter and a luxurious rose scent transform skin into pure, all-over dewy perfection. Its key ingredient, glycerin, attracts water to the skin so your moisture barrier stays protected.

Courtesy of brandGlow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream

Glow Recipe has expanded its beloved Watermelon Glow family with the brand’s first foray into body care: Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream. Like its predecessors (which include a moisturizer, mist, and lip treatment), this pink-tinted formula is spiked with hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) derived from hibiscus, and antioxidant-rich watermelon seed butter. It sinks into skin within seconds and leaves behind a soft, velvety finish that smells almost bubblegum-like. Hot showers are no match for this dreamy cream.

Courtesy of brandLondon Grant Honey Coco Body Custard

London Grant’s Honey Coco Body Custard blends Japanese camellia, Hawaiian kukui nut, rosehip oils, and mango butter into an intoxicating gel-to-oil formula that smells like a vacation in a jar. This rich-yet-lightweight balm instantly softens dry spots and leaves the most lovely, all-over glow. You can apparently even use it to soothe sunburns and bug bites in a pinch. 

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