If taking your tights off in winter is often accompanied by a flurry of flakes and your limbs have more cracks than a sidewalk, don't stress. Dry skin happens to the best of us (if not all of us). Especially if you have sensitive skin. But no matter your skin type, we've found the best body moisturiser for you when the weather cools down. Here are the best body lotions for dry skin.
1. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lotion with Vitamin E
Palmer's is the OG of moisturising body lotions with a cult-like following around the world. The product is a best seller thanks to its rich formula, which penetrates the skin easily and locks in moisture. Plus its rich texture won't leave you feeling slippery, just silky and soft. Oh, and that chocolate scent is straight-up heaven.
Reviewer verdict: "I have been using Palmers Cocoa Butter my whole entire adult life. Every day. I apply immediately after every shower. It is as dependable as they come. I love the slight fragrance of chocolate. For me, it never leaves a greasy residue, it soaks into the skin wonderfully. I love it and will continue to use it."
2. Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
Aveeno's body moisturiser is renowned for its light-weight formula that absorbs quickly and offers plenty of longevity (clinically proven to moisturise skin for up to 24 hours). While it's ideal for combination skin, it's also a great option for sensitive skin as it has no added fragrance and it's non comedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores).
Reviewer verdict: "I use this product everyday and when I get out of the shower both face and body. I have sensitive skin and can only use certain products and this is one I can use. It keeps my normally dry skin soft and smooth."
3. Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Strength Fragrance Free Body Lotion
Vaseline has a great range of body moisturisers but it's Intensive Care Advanced Strength Lotion is a winner for those with dry skin, sensitive skin and itchy skin. It promises to deeply moisturise and heal irritated skin within five days, and its results have received rave reviews online. It also contains no fragrance or common allergens.
Reviewer verdict: "This is easily the best body moisturiser I've used. It actually keeps my skin soft and supple all day and has made a dramatic difference with regular use!"
4. Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Lotion
Nivea's Rich Nourishing Body Lotion keeps skin hydrated and moisturised for up to a whopping 48 hours. Its formula – chock full of almond oil and moisture-locking lipids – hold water in the skin, stopping it from drying out so quickly.
Reviewer verdict: "This is my favourite moisturiser ever, I've been using it for years and I can't go a day without it. It keeps my skin so hydrated and smooth and definitely recommend it."
5. Weleda Skin Food
Weleda's cult-favourite Skin Food body lotion is considered the holy grail of organic moisturisers, with a 90-year history of nourishing and protecting skin. It has an intensive formula featuring a mix of plant oils, lanolin and beeswax, as well as skin-calming ingredients like pansy, chamomile and calendula. It's best applied to very dry and rough areas on your body, rather than the entire thing, as it's on the pricier end of products.
Reviewer verdict: "Skin food is simply my MUST HAVE product. I do suffer with dermatitis on occasion and always have dry hands and feet, made worse by the winter months. I use this product daily and can not live without it."
6. Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
Want silky smooth skin with a side of sleep? Lush's Sleepy Body Lotion has got you covered. Users rave about this natural, vegan and organic lotion's incredible scent and snooze-inducing properties. It has a rich consistency so (as the label suggests) it's best used as an intensive night cream.
Price: Starting at $16.95
Reviewer verdict: "The most amazing night time cream I've ever used. Beautiful scent and has a calming effect that sends me off to dreamland. I love it!"
7. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter
Hello, nostalgia. Almost every single one of us has used (or at least smelled) The Body Shop's iconic Coconut Body Butter at least once in our life. And for good reason. Not only does the lotion smell good enough to eat, it also deeply moisturises and softens dry skin. While the formula (featuring Community Trade cold-pressed virgin coconut oil from Samoa Polynesia) is rich, it's also easily absorbed.
Reviewer verdict: "I am a 63-year-old woman with very dry skin for years until I tried this body butter – it has rejuvenated my skin. It is simply the best and I have tried countless creams and body butters – the smell is the icing on the cake."
8. Moo Goo Full Cream Moisturiser
If you're after a natural option to nourish your skin, Moo Goo is a winner. The brand is renowned amongst eczema sufferers for soothing flare ups (especially in children) but their full range offers something for every skin type. The Full Cream Moisturiser is best for extremely dry skin, sensitive skin and ageing skin thanks to its moisturing mix of natural oils, concentrated Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and milk protein. It's also free from Phenoxyethanol, Parabens, Petrolatum and Paraffin Oil, Silicones and PEG's.
Reviewer verdict: "Loving the FULL CREAM MooGoo. Have tried loads of other creams & lotions but this is THE FIND! It has a gentle natural fragrance, sinks right into my skin, is NOT greasy/oily, and actually repairs some of the damage that my overworked hands had."
9. Trilogy Pure Plant Body Oil
Trilogy's natural and nourishing formula features a blend of rosehip, apricot and almond oils to hydrate skin, reduce stretch marks and improve pigmentation. And don't let the word "oil" mislead you, this formula soaks into the skin quickly and won't leave a greasy residue. It is also fragrance-free so ideal for sensitive skin.
Reviewer verdict: "My skin is the most hydrated it’s ever been all the while using quality natural oils. There’s no nasty chemicals and my skin feels and looks well hydrated all day long without any greasy feeling. The product goes a long way. After a shower I lightly towel dry and apply all over. Just love it!"
10. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
This award winning moisturiser is one of the best body creams on the market thanks to a dynamic moisture trap matrix that helps hold hydration in longer. But its scent is the real drawcard with a heady mix of bergamot, strawberries, mandarin, musk, amber and warm vanilla.
Reviewer verdict: "I have woefully dry skin which is further complicated with sensitivity and keratosis pilaris, even the most plain Lush moisturisers triggered KP flare ups. This stuff just inexplicably works - soothing, hydrating and smells absolutely delicious. I think the best part is that it dries down quite quickly and doesn’t get all stuck on clothes after applying like a lot of rich moisturisers do. I’m on my fourth tub, I can’t live without it."
11. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
This cult-favourite cream receives rave reviews for its delicious scent and skin tightening properties. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (try and say that without giggling) uses guarana to increase blood flow to the skin and cupuaçu butter to soften it. It's also ideal for elevating your tan thanks to its subtle bronze shimmer. However it is on the pricier end of the scale but reviewers say it's worth every penny.
Reviewer verdict: "I was hesitant first to spend so much money on body butter but after trying the smaller size first I fell in love. The smell is divine but the formula is just perfection. It leaves my skin smooth and hydrated without greasiness."
12. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP is the ideal moisturiser for the whole family, suitable for severe dry skin in babies, children and adults. Its cream-gel formula rebalances the skin's microbiome while ingredients like Shea Butter and Nicinamide replenish your skin's protective barrier. It also ticks all of the fragrance-free, paraben-free, non-greasy and non-sticky boxes.
Reviewer verdict: "I suffer eczema and have very dry skin. This is the first product I've found which keeps it under control. I love it. Worth every dollar."
13. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Lotion
If your dry, damaged skin needs some serious TLC, SheaMoisture's Hydrating Body Lotion is a great option. Ingredients like shea butter and coconut deeply moisturise while frankincense & myrrh extracts reduce inflammation.
Reviewer verdict: "This is hands down my favourite lotion! It's very thick, creamy and not greasy! My skin is very dry and this lotion definitely helps to lock in the moisture after I get out the shower and last throughout the day!"
14. EGO QV Intensive With Ceramides Light Moisturising Cream
If you suffer from sensitive skin you can rest easy (and well moisturised) using QV's Light Moisturing Cream. Its formula is non-comedogenic, fast absorbing and non-greasy, alleviating very dry, irritated, flaky or itchy skin caused by dry skin conditions such as eczema. It also contains ceramides which are clinically proven to help reinforce your skin's barrier and prevent dryness. Even though it's light in texture, it still packs a super hydrating punch.
Reviewer verdict: "This is my Holy Grail moisturiser. It has a slight scent to it, although nothing too strong. My skin gets extremely dry/flakey during the colder months and oily during summer, I use this on my body as well as my face and it doesn't break me out. I really like the addition of ceramides and niacinimide which isn't present in other QV products."