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The 35 Best Body Lotions, Butters, and Creams to Soothe Your Skin

These formulas go above and beyond.

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Has winter has zapped your joy and left you with dry, flaky, itchy skin, not to mention a serotonin deficiency? Do you see yet another ingrown hair and vow to give up on everything? There's no better feeling than investing in lotions with rich formulas and watching your efforts pay off in the form of soft, glowing skin. Maybe your skin is struggling to make it through a long, harsh winter, or maybe you're looking for your new favorite year-round product to treat stretch marks, dull skin, or perpetual dryness. Whether you want a fragrance-free product, an intensely perfumed lotion, a lightweight cream, or an intense body balm, there is an option out there for you. Whatever you're hoping to achieve with your new favorite body lotion, you don't have to wait until the summer to feel good about your skin again.

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For Intense Dehydration
Skin Food Body Butter
Weleda dermstore.com

There's a reason why this body butter is a cult classic—it just works really, really well. For skin that's so dry it flakes and has scaly patches, this body butter can reverse that dehydration quickly. It's an intense cream, but it definitely does the job.

For Long, Cold Winters
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
First Aid Beauty amazon.com

Though this intense hydration cream has the look of whipped cream, it's rich and dense on skin. From the added antioxidants to the healing eucalyptus oil, this giant (giant!) tub of repairing skin care will help restore your winter skin to its warm-weather glory.

For Comfortable Legs
Ceramidin™ Body Lotion
Dr. Jart+ sephora.com

If you want hydrating but dread feeling sticky all day, this lotion is for you. It contains plenty of moisturizing ingredients, but sinks into the skin quickly so you can slip on jeans afterwards without a problem.

For Bumpy Bodies
Lotion for Rough & Bumpy Skin
CeraVe amazon.com

Dehydrated skin can lead to issues with texture, like rough patches or bumpy areas. Not only does this lotion moisturize the skin, but it contains salicylic and lactic acids, which exfoliate and rejuvenate those areas.

For Long-Term Benefits
The Body Lotion
Nécessaire nordstrom.com

Nécessaire has graced thousands of Instagrams, with their clean aesthetic and even cleaner products. This body lotion is fragrance-free, making it ideal for sensitive skin. This products also contains hydrating oils and niacinamide, to restore and moisture the body.

For Irritated Skin
Cetaphil Restoring Lotion With Antioxidants
Cetaphil amazon.com

Niacinamide in this antioxidant-packed lotion increases collagen production and fades discoloration.

For A Brazilian Glow
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Sol de Janeiro dermstore.com

This body lotion is amazing for anything looking for the smoothest skin of their life. With powerful butters and oils, this cream will give you the softest, most hydrated body of your dreams.

For Intensely Dry Skin
Dry Skin Gel
Bio-Oil ulta.com

You might be familiar with Bio-Oil, but this new gel is a game-changer. It has the same moisturizing benefits as the oil, but comes in an easily transportable, balm-like gel. This product is not for the faint of heart–it is truly for the driest of skin.

For Dull Skin
Sili™ Body Lotion
Drunk Elephant sephora.com

If you're addicted to Drunk Elephant's skincare products, why not give your body the same special treatment? This lotion is filled with Marula butter, shea butter, and ceramides, which revive tired-looking skin and give the body a glow. 

For Aging Bodies
Retinol Body Treatment
Chantecaille nordstrom.com

Retinol is commonly used in anti-aging skincare products, and is regarded as one of the few truly effective ingredients to reverse signs of aging. It works just as well in body products, to treat skin that needs a revamping. Not only does this cream rehydrate the skin, but it firms the skin as well.

For Very Sensitive Skin
Moisturizing Cream
Vanicream amazon.com
$10.99 (33% off)

If you suffer from eczema, or any other sensitizing skin issue, most dermatologists will recommend this product to you. It has nothing but good, effective ingredients that won't irritate uncomfortable skin. If nothing else works, try Vanicream.

For Perfumed Lotion
Fresh Body Lotion
diptyque nordstrom.com

You're a fan of diptyque's perfumes, but how familiar are you with their body lotions? This cream is cooling and fresh, perfect for someone who needs a quick re-up on their body moisturizer before bed. It sinks into the skin easily, and as an added bonus, it smells like orange blossoms.

For The Outdoorsy Type
Body Butter SPF 40
Supergoop! dermstore.com

If your body parts tend to spend time in the sun, this dual body butter and sunscreen is right for you. Sun damage can dramatically dehydrate the skin, so if you're avid about spending time outdoors, this product is the ideal 2-for-1.

For Clean Hydration
Body Butter
Susanne Kaufmann violetgrey.com

Everything in this body butter is good for you, with shea butter, olive oil, and honey being the main ingredients. Not only does it sound good enough to eat, but this product works to give your body all-day hydration, without feeling sticky.

For Great-Smelling Skin
No. 9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk Super Enriched Body Cream
Trish McEvoy nordstrom.com

This body lotion is scented with blackberry, plum, vanilla, and musk, you smell good every day, while staying hydrated. This cream sinks into the skin beautifully, leaving you with smooth skin that still smells fresh and lively.

The Butter/Oil Duo
BOIS DE ROSE Baume Pour le Corps
In Fiore violetgrey.com

This body butter melts into an oil when it makes contact with the skin. All the ingredients are organic, and the lotion is fragranced with hints of rose and vetiver.

For Smoothie Skin
Skin Smoothie Avocado & Apple Scented Body Lotion
Jergens grocery.walmart.com

The newest addition to Jergens line, this Skin Smoothie lotion smells good enough to eat, while also sinking quickly into the skin, leaving the body hydrated and comfortable. The smell is not overwhelming, but pleasant and fresh enough for perfume-ambivalent wearers.

For Flaky Skin
Creme de Corps
Kiehl's Since 1851 nordstrom.com

This Kiehl's body lotion is a staple for severely dry skin. It soaks into the skin, giving the body relief from itchy, uncomfortable dryness. With cocoa butter and sesame oil, this cream is ideally used after showing for some much-needed hydration.

For Glowing Skin
Summer Shine Body Lotion
Mario Badescu nordstrom.com

If you're doing to give your body some hydration, why not make it a glam? This body lotion contains Vitamin A, which softens the moisturizes the skin. In addition to giving the skin some moisture, this body lotion also gives a subtle shimmer that rejuvenates the look of dull, sallow skin.

For A Boost Of Fun
Unicorn Fruit Body Butter
Truly ulta.com

This body butter is whipped and resembles cake icing, but that's only half the fun. With açaí, matcha, and rose water, this butter intensely moisturizes the skin, without taking itself too seriously.

For Stretch Marks
The Body Lotion
Augustinus Bader nordstrom.com

Augustinus Bader is known to make effective, and splurge-worthy products. This body lotion contains amino acids and effective vitamins that nourish the skin, while also reducing the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. What else could you ask for? 

For Kylie-Like Skin
Coconut Body Lotion
KYLIE SKIN nordstrom.com

This body lotion smells like a tropical vacation, but that's not all. Packed with hydrating ingredients, like coconut oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil, to name a few, this product is a must-have for anyone who needs a boost of hydration.

For All-Over Results
Moisture-Rich Body Lotion
Clarins sephora.com

This body cream was created with Winter in mind, with shea butter working against dehydrating weather. Not only is it great for bodies, but it also doubles as a hand cream, if hand-washing has exacerbated dry skin.

For Handcrafted Results
Body Butter
Mab & Stoke mabandstoke.com

This body butter is made by hand in small batches, using organic oils. It sinks into the skin, protecting it from dehydrating factors while relieving the skin of itchy or uncomfortable patches. If you love it, you can also subscribe to make sure you get a refill whenever you need one.

For Tropical Vibes
Body Lotion
SheaMoisture amazon.com

If you love the smell of coconut, you'll definitely love this lotion. It contains coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut water, all designed to give your body nourishment and hydration. Your skin will glow, and you'll smell like you're on vacation.

For Fresh Skin
Life Body Lotion
Fresh nordstrom.com

This lotion contains Vitamins C and E, and which smooth and moisturize the skin. This product also contains shea butter, which intensely hydrates. The lotion is effective yet lightweight, and sinks into the skin without leaving a residue.

For Itchy Skin
Aveeno Relief Moisture Repair Cream
Aveeno bedbathandbeyond.com

An oat-based lotion is basically the equivalent of rubbing on anti-itch cream, but this new variety from Aveeno is also especially good at treating the dryness that causes the skin irritation in the first place. Slather it on skin post-shower or rub it on dry patches that are more exposed to harsh air.

For After You Shave
Stubble Cream
Fur dermstore.com
$30.40 (20% off)

Apply this body moisturizer in tandem with tea tree oil, an antimicrobial that helps heal—and prevent—ingrown and bumps caused by razor burn.

For Dry Skin
Vaseline Intensive Care Body Lotion
Vaseline walmart.com

This lavender-scented lotion moisturizes like a thick cream, thanks to a special blend of humectants that draw water into skin, but its lightweight texture absorbs quickly.

For Intense Skin Problems
Barrier+ Lipid-Boost Body Cream
Skinfix sephora.com

For more intense skin issues than your typical dry skin (read: eczema, psoriasis, and the like), seek out an allergy-tested formula like Skinfix's. The lotion comes enriched with shea butter and triple oat complex to moisturize and halt itching, plus it's unscented for super reactive skin types.

For Long-Lasting Moisture
Lubriderm Daily Moisture
Lubriderm® bedbathandbeyond.com

For hydration to last you for days and days and days, invest in an affordable lotion like this one that moistens intensely parched skin for hours and doesn't leave grease spots on your sheets at night.

For After You Shower
Olay Rinse-Off Body Conditioner with Shea Butter
Olay walmart.com

After showering, apply this and rinse off. The skin-quenching formula restores moisture levels after they've been depleted by hot water.

For Investing In
Supérieur Body Nightly Renewing Serum
Révive nordstrom.com

Yes, it's worth the price tag. The glycol and lactic acids in this serum help fade stretch marks and firm texture, while hyaluronic acid hydrates without leaving you oil-slicked. 

For Aging Skin
Mutha Body Butter
Mutha violetgrey.com

Wrap your body in this whipped concoction of butters, vitamins, and fatty acids that minimizes stretch marks and the look of crêpey skin.

For Dry Spots
Aesop Concentrate Body Balm
md formulations skinstore.com

For itchy, dry spots, pat on Aesop's aloe vera-enriched body balm that smells like an orange grove (though not in an overpowering way) and makes your skin feel cool to the touch after application.


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