The 7 Best Body Lotions for Every Skin Type and Concern
The vast majority of skincare products are formulated for the face—whether in the cleanser, exfoliant, serum, toner, mask, or moisturiser category—but true skincare junkies know that the skin on the body requires care, too. In fact, it's kind of crazy to think about how much time and money we spend caring for such a small and specific portion of our skin, especially when neglecting the rest of it. We have no judgement, though, because we're guilty of it, too. With so many new formulas and frustrating skin concerns, it's easy to forget about caring for all of our skin, not just some of it. What's more is that this attention imbalance is commonplace. At least that's what we concluded after doing some research (aka conducting an informal skincare poll of friends, family, and coworkers).
To remedy this situation and inspire you to create a more holistic skincare routine, we're here to share the 7 best body lotions for every skin type and concern, based on our own opinion, that of expert dermatologists, and finally, the rest of the Internet. So go forth and moisturise your way to clear, smooth, and glowing skin.
This Kiehl's body lotion is a classic. It's one of the most recognisable products from the brand, because so many people swear by it for moisturising their skin even in the dead of winter. It's all thanks to sesame oil, beta-carotene, and cocoa butter. The 3 star ingredients work together to moisturise, soothe, and soften the skin.
French brand L'Occitane is known for its creamy and luxurious moisturisers. This body lotion is no different. It contains 15% shea butter to keep skin ultra hydrated and soft, yet it somehow doesn't feel waxy (we don't understand how that's possible, either). "I have used this for many years and I think it's the best. I have tried other lotions just to see how great they really are. I always come back to this lotion. It's not greasy and it last a long time on my skin, which use to be dry skin, but not after this product. It doesn't have much of a scent, but that's ok, because if I want to wear perfume, I can," a Sephora customer writes.
Grown Alchemist's body lotion is a favourite of many of our editors, thanks to it's oil-infused formula and naturally-sourced botanicals. Listen to this ingredients list: shea butter, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, almond extract, aloe vera, wheatgerm extract, and vitamin C. That's just a portion of the good-for-skin ingredients found inside. We're obsessed.
This body lotion contains some powerful ingredients—including retinol, ceramides, and antioxidants. They work together to firm, tighten, plump, and hydrate the skin. It's one of the most popular body lotions on Dermstore, with reviews like this: "If this lotion is ever discontinued, I really don't know what I would do. I knocked off a star due to the high cost, but I always pick this up when Dermstore is either doing one of its numerous 20 or 25% off sales. It has made a dramatic difference to the texture of the skin on my arms, making it look like smooth, young, even toned skin, not dry, red and dull 53 yr. old skin. I am using it on my legs now for my numerous razor bump scars and also am seeing better quality of the skin there."
StriVectin's body lotion is infused with caffeine and peptides to improve the skin's firmness and elasticity. Over time, it strengthens the skin's barrier to retain more moisture and look firmer. Take it from one Ulta customer, who wrote "I wouldn't use this on a daily basis given the price point, but I do use this on nights where I go out and show my legs because you see the tightening effects almost immediately."
This Nivea lotion is infused with Q10 and promises smoother, firmer, skin in 2 weeks with continued use. It's also unscented, and dye and aluminum-free. "I’ve lost a lot of weight and this lotion is helping tighten the skin on my abdomen," one reviewer writes.
Most tanning lotions simply tan the skin...they don't actually hydrate that well. This St. Tropez pick is the exception to the rule. In our experience, it builds a noticeable tan after only a few days, without staining the palms or wafting out that strange faux-tan fragrance. Plus, it helps keep our skin's moisture intact.
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