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 products receiving rave reviews from our team and hitting shelves right now.
DEZI SKIN Bebé Balm ($45)
Brand founder Desi Perkins created this nourishing belly balm while pregnant with her daughter Harley. Here, she tells me about how this formula came to be, and what makes it so special:
“My second pregnancy was much more difficult than my first because I felt really uncomfortable in my own skin, which was surprising because everyone says ‘your body already knows what to do…’ But, I experienced lots of itchiness, dryness and overall discomfort. I was also more nauseous than my first pregnancy. So in a way, the difficulties I faced were perfect for developing this product.
The initial formulation had cocoa seed butter and mango butter. But, eventually we added in aloe butter—to fight my itchiness—and tangerine butter to help the nausea. Tangerine is said to help combat nausea! We also formulated it without water to make sure it formed a true barrier and locked in the moisture. It’s almost like slugging for your belly! Lastly, one of my favorite things about the product is that it’s not just for pregnant women! Anyone can use it on dry areas of their body.”
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Body Cream ($60)
Inspired by her best-selling Magic Cream face moisturizer (a beauty editor favorite), this version for the body is just as effective and indulgent. Infused with hyaluronic acid, caffeine, oils, butters and botanicals, it hydrates, smooths and firms without leaving behind a greasy residue.
In clinical trials on 35 people over eight weeks, hydration was boosted in just 28 seconds, and the skin felt and looked 40-percent firmer. Additionally, the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks was improved. Tilbury recommends applying it with her “Magic Massage technique,” which involves massaging the cream into your skin in upward, sweeping motions towards your heart for a nice boost in circulation.
Nakery Beauty MULTI-VITAMIN Tanning Treatment Serum ($34.50)
“So many people have asked me how they can get my tan, but they want it tomorrow—they don’t want to wait five days,” says brand founder Liz Folce. “With this, you put it on, and after a couple hours, you’re ready for the Bahamas. This is a skin care–infused self-tanner with 10-percent plant-derived DHA. Typically, DHA is loaded with synthetics. This is a clean-beauty DHA. In most tanners, it’s 3 to 4 percent DHA, but this is a one-and-done. You can use it on your face, too, and it also contains antioxidants and vitamin D. It adapts to your skin’s color and it’s not orange in the least.”
Folce says the nonsticky, fragrance-free serum (no nasty self-tanner smell here) is great for those who have skin discoloration and imperfections like veins, blotchiness and dark spots and tend to avoid wearing shorts and dresses because of it. You can use it by itself or mix it with your moisturizer (face or body) if you want extra moisturization and to dilute the color a little bit for a lighter tan.
OUAI St. Barts Body Cleanser ($28)
The latest addition on the brand’s beloved St. Barts fragrance franchise, this body wash will transform your shower into an island paradise, and if you’re like me, you need a vacation, stat. Key notes are ocean breeze accord, dragon fruit, tuberose and musk—it’s a beautiful scent that will linger on your skin.
The formula itself features nourishing jojoba seed oil and antioxidant-packed rosehip oil, which leaves skin moisturized, clean and soft, but never stripped. Now I need this in a mini size for traveling!
DermaDoctor KP Duty Body Peel Pads ($28)
There’s something about a peel pad that’s so satisfying. It’s the easiest thing to use, and it delivers big results. If bumpy skin (aka keratosis pilaris or KP) is the bane of your existence, try these new peel pads. They’re large enough to use on parts of the body like the arms and legs, and also work on ingrown hairs (yes, the bikini area is fair game).
Like a peel for your face, these pads rely on a potent mix of acids—lactobionic, glycolic, lactic, salicylic, linoleic and linolenic—for gentle chemical exfoliation that unclogs pores and hair follicles for a smoother look and feel. According to the brand, these pads are also ideal as an added “smoothing step” in self-tanner prep or removal.
Chillhouse Alt Milk Bathing Cream ($38)
“What oat milk does for lattes, Alt Milk does for bathing,” says the brand. This in-shower body conditioner—think of it like a body cream you wash off—adds an upgrade and much-needed moment of self-care to a basic daily routine. You can also use it in the bath too.
Especially helpful for dry skin thanks to its ultra-hydrating blend of vitamins, oils and milks—including oat, pistachio and coconut—it activates when mixed with water to penetrate the skin, leaving it feeling baby-soft and pampered. Plus, it smells like the beach.
StriVectin Bump Exfoliating Body Scrub ($30)
StriVectin knows people with KP (aka chicken skin) are frustrated and want solutions, fast. And as we approach shorts weather, this couldn’t ring more true. This scrub uses a mix of physical and chemical exfoliants like rice powder and lactic acid to smooth the surface of the skin.
In clinical testing, 97 percent of participants saw an improvement in their rough, bumpy skin and 91 percent saw an improvement in their KP after four weeks of use. However, the scrub (and corresponding Texture Smoothing Body Cream) reduced the look of redness from dry skin after just one week. I personally have KP, and the redness is a big part of the battle!
Fig.1 Retinol Renewal Body Serum ($38)
Fig.1’s cofounder and Los Angeles dermatologist Courtney Rubin, MD formulated this body serum based on her patients’ skin concerns, such as dark spots, small bumps and dull or dry skin. And as we know too well, all of those concerns can happen from neck down, and aren’t limited to the face only.
The secret to this fragrance-free serum being both gentle and effective is encapsulated, slow-release retinol, which helps smooth out crepey areas and even the skin tone over time. It also contains soothing niacinamide, brightening vitamin C and nourishing vitamin E to keep everything in balance. You can also use it on the backs of your hands!
Goldfaden MD Body Surge Moisturizer ($65)
Apply this rich and creamy moisturizer right when you get out of the bath or shower on damp skin, really massaging it in to help it absorb and boost circulation. It’s a true multitasker, hydrating and firming in one step, but it also gives the skin a really pretty, natural-looking sheen without being greasy.
Over time, skin looks younger and healthier. It’s the perfect spring pick-me-up for dull, dry arms and legs that have been hibernating in sweats all winter.
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