8 New and Classic Hydrators That Soothe the Driest Winter Skin

Body creams aren’t always the sexiest or most coveted product in one’s beauty routine, but the cold winter weather makes them essential. Below, we curated our favorite options for the season, with an eye toward the most innovative new launches and never-fail classics.

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($105)

A cream that does more than hydrate, this anti-aging moisturizer infuses skin with antioxidants and highly active compounds like vitamins B, C and E, lactic acid and Dr. Sturm’s signature ingredient, purslane, to smooth, lift and rejuvenate.

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Tata Harper Redefining Body Balm ($125)

This thick balm melts into skin while releasing a herbaceous bouquet of aromatherapy fragrance that make each application a relaxing experience. The multicorrectional formula contains 18 natural ingredients that plump and hydrate, four that lift and firm, and six that minimize the look of wrinkles, making this one of the most healing products for winter.

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($17)

A dermatologist- and doctor-favorite, this cult-classic cream is an oldie but very much a goodie. The oil-free, non-comedogenic formula replenishes ceramides to help restore skin’s natural protective barrier and contains hyaluronic acid to increase moisture levels. It’s also gentle enough to use even on sensitive, keeping you comfortable all day.

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Peet Rivko Body Oil ($48)

A lightweight blend of organic, cold-pressed botanicals (jojoba, sunflower seed, avocado and baobab) makes this the perfect option for those who seek a 100-percent pure and natural alternative. The formula, which is especially suited for sensitive skin, sinks in immediately and spreads easily without coming off on clothes, making it an ideal post-shower hydrator.

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Olio Maestro Body Sculptor ($90)

There’s something about winter that makes the body a little puffy (OK, that something is called nonstop indulging for the entire month of November and December). This innovative body oil in a two-in-one. It’s created with sweet almond oil and grapefruit peel oil to help keep skin hydrated, and coffee, cinnamon, spearmint and lemongrass to help give the stomach, thighs and butt a tighter appearance with repeated use.

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Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream ($45)

A light texture doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice hydration, even during the colder months. This new launch from Brazilian brand Sol de Janeiro delivers 72 hours of moisture in a coconut sugar-infused, oil-in-water gel-cream that smells as good as it makes your skin feel.

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Annick Goutal Body Cream Universelle ($90)

Shea butter and oil envelope skin in nourishing moisture without leaving behind any kind of greasiness. Billed as the “first step” of your beauty routine, the formula was specially created to help intensify and extend the scent of your favorite fragrance.

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Nécessaire The Body Lotion ($25)

We love the sleek, no-frills packaging, accessible price point and formula that’s chock-full of active ingredients. The fast-absorbing lotion contains vitamins A, B, C and E, omegas 6 and 9, and a plethora of antioxidants to leave skin not just hydrated, but also glowing. The cream is also formulated to a specific pH level that helps to support the natural barrier function of the skin, for longer-lasting skin health benefits. 

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Avene Moisturizing Melt-in Balm ($30)

A rich, whipped texture makes this 24-hour hydration cream fun to apply, and leaves skin feeling supple and nourished. A cocktail of plant-based oils help to protect the body against free-radical damage while glycerin infuses the skin with moisture, and the brand’s signature Theramal Spring Water calms and softens.

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