It’s pretty easy to remember to apply your daily facial moisturizer each morning, especially if it’s got built-in-block inside that will help shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
However, it’s definitely safe to say that we often forget to give the skin on our body the same attention and care as our face, as while that deeply moisturizing body wash can definitely keep your skin feeling smooth with each wash, it may not be enough to stand tall against those rough spots and dry patches.
With this in mind, board-certified dermatologists suggest that it’s equally important to add a body lotion to your daily routine, as you’ll want to provide flaking and rough skin with a blast of essential moisture that lasts and lasts.
Alas, should you be a bit new to the body lotion club (we’ll never tell!), or are committed to honoring your beauty resolution of using this product more this year, we tapped three skincare pros to break down the five best body lotions of all time.
From inexpensive drugstore finds, to splurge-worthy hydrating essentials, read on below to achieve your softest skin yet.
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Eucerin Advanced Repair Dry Skin Lotion ($36 for 3)
If you are not a fan of body lotions with a thick (and not to mention greasy!) and oil-like consistency, New York dermatologist Sapna Palep, MD, recommends investing in this lotion, as she says that it absorbs quickly into the skin, making it suitable for those suffering from extreme dryness.
“This lotion may be on the thinner side, but it has the ability to lock in moisture for up to 48 hours,” she says. “I’ve seen it wipe out alligator skin, which is hard to do.”
Dr. Palep explains that there’s really nothing this moisturizing body lotion can’t do, as it’s easy on your wallet, is non-greasy, and can be effective for those dealing with skin conditions such as keratosis pilaris. “I like to recommend this body lotion to my patients with keratosis pilaris, which are spiky, dry, rough patches of skin that form on the back of the arms and thighs,” she tells NewBeauty.
And amazing hydration content aside, Dr. Palep adds that this AmLactin product also contains lactic acid, a skincare ingredient, she says, can help exfoliate dry and rough skin.
According to a 1996 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, lactic acid is also an ingredient known for its impressive anti-aging properties. Study participants who used products containing 12-percent percent lactic acid, for example, were noted to have an improved appearance of lines and wrinkles.
An effective body lotion doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, as Dr. Palep says this drugstore lotion is one of the most reliable products on the market.
“This lotion is widely available at drugstores, is well tolerated, and is a little gentler on the skin than some other popular brands on the market,” she explains. “It also is available in an SPF 30 version, making it a great product to use in order to up your sun protection.”
More than a lotion, Santa Monica, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD says this product is more of a bonafide treatment, as it promotes the production of skin-boosting hyaluronic acid, which keeps the skin firm and hydrated. And since this product has a universal appeal, she adds that it’s safe for pregnant women to use.
“This body lotion has a highly unique formulation, which promotes production of hyaluronic acid within the body,” she explains. “This helps capture and maintain moisture levels, aids with sagging skin, and in the smoothing of crepy texture.”
Unlike other body lotions on the market, Dr. Shamban suggests that this product is formulated to deal with all those tough-to-reach areas including areas above the knee, in the upper arm, and around the stomach and breasts.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Charles Galanis, MD says this body cream is a must-have for those dealing with extreme dryness, as it tones and protects the epidermis with amino acids and glycoproteins.
“This Biologique product is specifically formulated with glycoproteins and natural amino acids to help revitalize the skin,” he tells NewBeauty. “It also includes some hop to moisturize.”
Aside from providing hydration to the skin, glycoproteins are also known to have a positive impact on wounds. A 2001 study published by The British Journal of Dermatology, for example, concluded that glycoprotein fraction isolated from aloe vera, enhanced wound healing of human keratinocytes and in hairless mice.
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