It’s pretty easy to remember to apply your daily facial moisturizer each morning, especially if it’s got built-in block 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. 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 that in mind, we tapped the skin-care pros to break down the eight best body lotions of all time.
Pretty Rx Body Mousse ($54)
“This is my pick for the best body lotion of all time,” says Johns Creek, GA plastic surgeon Myla Bennett, MD. “It is a luxurious whipped body cream that hydrates and nourishes the skin. It is full of vitamins A, C and E and thyme. My patients love it and my skin has never felt better!”
“Being in South Florida, UV protection is a must,” says Miami facial plastic surgeon Miguel Mascaró, MD. “I love this product because it does three essential things: It keeps the skin moisturized, it has SPF 50, and it’s great on sensitive skin. Just about everyone can use it!”
Eucerin Advanced Repair Dry Skin Lotion ($36 for 3)
If you are not a fan of body lotions with a thick consistency, New York dermatologist Sapna Palep, MD recommends investing in this lotion because it’s suitable for those suffering from extreme dryness sans any signs of oiliness.
“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 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.”
Amazing hydration content aside, Dr. Palep adds that this AmLactin product also contains lactic acid, a skin-care 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 lactic acid, for example, were noted to have an improved appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Dr. Palep says this drugstore lotion is one of the most reliable products on the market. “This lotion is widely available at drugstores, it’s well tolerated, and it’s 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. “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 smooths 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 spots 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 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. 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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