Launch List: The Best Body Care Launching in January

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Hundreds of products come across our desks every month, but not all of them deliver on their claims or live up to the hype. (Not everything that goes viral on TikTok is a miracle worker.) This is our exclusive curation of the best-in-class body-care products receiving rave reviews from our team and hitting shelves right now.

1 / 10

JLo Beauty Tighten + Tease Ultimate Body Serum ($60)

We’ll have whatever JLo is using—she makes 53 look like 25—including this new exfoliating body serum loaded with alphahydroxy acids (lactic and glycolic), firming peptides, niacinamide, fermented olive oil, and bentonite clay to smooth and brighten skin. Use it on your arms, legs and/or chest when you get out of the shower and you’ll feel the difference. I also love that it’s free of synthetic fragrance.

In a clinical study, 100 percent of participants demonstrated a measured increase in hydration immediately after applying the serum, and after four weeks of use, 89 percent demonstrated a measured increase in the appearance of brightness.

2 / 10

LUSH Salt Water Soother Epsom Salt Cube ($7)

Whether you’re a CrossFit champ or you just want some spa-like reprieve after a long day on your feet, this magnesium-rich bath cube is a wonder-worker for sore muscles. The scent is seriously minty—think peppermint, spearmint and eucalyptus oils all mixed together—but in the best way that LUSH knows how to pull off so well.

Just fill your tub with warm water, drop the cube in and let it fizz up as you close your eyes and take a few really deep breaths. FYI, this will turn your water a dark teal color, but it does not stain your tub (you may need to rinse a few spots afterwards, but that’s usually the case with any bath bomb).

3 / 10

BEAM Gut Health Probiotic+ ($50 for 30 capsules)

This isn’t your average probiotic: BEAM took its blend of eight strands of probiotic bacteria a step further by adding ginger root (helps food move through the GI tract more easily) and licorice root, which helps relieve symptoms associated with indigestion.

The result is a healthier gut microbiome (many wellness gurus call the gut our “second brain”), minimized bloating and increased overall wellness. The brand recommends taking the daily capsule in the morning before breakfast on an empty stomach, and like any supplement, consistency is key.

4 / 10

L’Occitane Immortelle Shea Body Balm ($75)

Rich and decadent but quick to absorb, this Body Balm feels more like a cream, and the scent is one I really enjoy (though the brand’s Almond is still my front-runner)—it’s clean and fresh with hints of citrus.

One thing that makes this shea butter–infused formula stand out from other body creams is the key ingredient immortelle essential oil, which comes from the immortelle flower (a signature L’Occitane ingredient in many of its products). Over time, it helps bolster skin’s elasticity and fade the appearance of dark spots. Results of a clinical study show that after two months of use, dark spots were visibly reduced by 22 percent, skin’s firmness was increased by 10 percent, and skin tone evenness was improved by 24 percent.

5 / 10

essie on a roll apricot nail & cuticle oil ($15)

I often forget the difference cuticle oil can make until I start using one consistently and my nails look so much better and healthier. This easy-to-use one comes with a mini rollerball applicator that lets you massage as you apply, which helps boost circulation to the area as well. It’s also mess-free because you don’t have to use your finger to apply it.

The formula is made of 97-percent natural ingredients, including apricot kernel and jojoba oil, but it doesn’t leave behind a greasy residue (just a nice, moisturized feeling).

6 / 10

MAËLYS B-GLOSSY Smoothing Body Serum ($59)

I love a good body serum, especially this time of year. I’ve really become dedicated to my body-care routine, and I notice a big difference in my skin when I apply a serum, let it dry, and then a lotion or cream on top. This formula is essentially like a face serum because the ingredients are top-notch: peptides, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and more than 12,000 drops of moisturizing meadowfoam seed oil, which is also loaded with antioxidants.

In a 56-day clinical trial—yes, it’s a body serum backed by clinical research, which we love—the serum decreased the appearance of wrinkles and crepey skin on the body, and gave the skin a more youthful-looking appearance.

7 / 10

Native Candy Shop Collection ($9–$13)

This one is for all my fellow sweet tooths out there: Native has a new limited-edition collection inspired by candy, so you can now also get your sugar fix in the shower. There are four different scents: fruity Gummy Bear, Sweet Cinnamon Hearts (a nostalgic blend of nutty spices with a candy coating), tart Sour Berry Rope (a citrusy twist on mixed berry), and creamy Strawberry & Vanilla Taffy.

All scents are available as a Body Wash and Deodorant, though some have different deo options, whether it’s a sensitive formula, travel-size or plastic-free alternative. Gummy Bear also comes in Shampoo and Conditioner.

8 / 10

Nakery Beauty Intensive Repair Treatment Eczema Relief Soothing Treatment Wash ($32)

Packed with 2-percent colloidal oatmeal (the go-to ingredient for eczema sufferers), aloe and niacinamide, this steroid- and sulfate-free, calming cleanser can be used on both the face and body to reduce redness, dry skin, rosacea and itchy irritation from eczema.

“A team of dermatologists told me their eczema patients can’t cleanse with a soap, they can’t use sulfates, they can’t use fragrance—and this is the solution,” says brand founder Liz Folce. “Many people I spoke to in my focus group have eczema on their hands and face, so I wanted to make a wash that cleanses without stripping the skin, takes off makeup and contains ingredients that help with eczema. It provides instant and long-term relief for inflammation, redness, and even the most sensitive skin types. I also wanted people to have that lather experience. You can use it on your scalp, too—it’s amazing.”

9 / 10

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Firmeza Body Oil ($52)

If you love the brand’s cult-classic Bum Bum Cream, you must try this silky, deliciously scented oil. Infused with a proprietary blend of stimulating Brazilian guaraná, muirapuma and jaboticaba, as well as circulation-boosting micro algae, it works to visibly firm skin (like the cream). Brazilian olive oil makes up the nongreasy base and also gives the skin a pretty glow.

In a blind consumer testing study, after one use, 94 percent of participants said their skin was left feeling deeply hydrated all day, 98 percent reported optimal absorption into their skin, and 97 percent said their skin was instantly nourished. After two weeks of use, 99 percent saw a significant improvement in dry, ashy skin.

10 / 10

Perricone MD High Potency Hyaluronic Intensive Body Therapy ($49)

Body care has been steadily rising into the spotlight over the past couple years, and 2023 is going to be even bigger for the category. Built on the idea that we should be using skin-care ingredients from the neck down, this fragrance-free, nongreasy cream takes the concept to the next level. Formulated with four types of hyaluronic acid, as well as two “natural building blocks” of the ingredient, it deeply hydrates for a smoother and plumper-looking skin.

DMAE and brown algae extract provide firming benefits, which makes this cream ideal for those with a crepey skin texture (something Perricone MD is really good at addressing). Over time, skin becomes softer and more even in tone, too.

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