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Editor’s Picks: 14 of the Best Body Lotions to Keep Your Skin Soft, Smooth and Moisturized

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Body lotion is a must-have to moisturize dry limbs and to keep your skin smooth, soft and flake-free. Unlike body creams and butters, it sinks in fast, with no greasy residue, so you can get dressed right away. No wonder most of us use it in our daily post-shower routines (which happens to be the best time to apply it, to lock in hydration).

But with so many lotions out there, does it really matter which one you go for?

Yes. Since body lotion covers a large surface area, you’re absorbing a lot more of it than your facial skincare. That’s why it’s so important to check what’s in the formula. There’s no point investing in the latest luxe product if it’s loaded with harmful or irritating ingredients. 

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Fortunately, you don’t need to choose between a pampering experience and a lotion that’s good for your skin. Keep reading for my top body lotion picks for every preference and price point, and why I chose each one.

The Body Lotion Edit

What to Look for in a Body Lotion

Here’s what I scan for when reading body lotion labels: 

  • Has humectants: Ingredients like aloe and hyaluronic acid help to attract water molecules and hydrate your skin from within.
  • Has occlusives: Natural oils and butters, such as coconut oil and shea butter, will seal in the moisture from the humectants so it doesn’t evaporate.
  • Low in PUFAs: Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) rapidly oxidize (go rancid) in the presence of light, heat and oxygen, producing a cascade of aging free radicals. Research has shown that applying PUFAs topically may change your body’s fatty acid composition,[1] which could impact your health.[2] I recommend avoiding lotions that contain PUFA-based oils in the first five ingredients.
  • Low in mineral oil: While mineral oil is highly effective at trapping moisture, with prolonged use it may accumulate in fat tissue, and cannot be metabolized.[3]
  • Low in squalane: Despite having a much lighter texture than mineral oil, squalane is chemically similar and therefore has the same ability to collect in the body.[4] (For that reason, I think it’s best used in small quantities on the face instead.)
  • Low in silicones: As synthetic film-formers, silicones can interfere with the skin’s cellular renewal processes, leading to drier skin over time. They can also trap acne-causing debris, so be careful with them on breakout-prone areas like the chest and back.
  • Low in fragrance: Overly fragrant body lotions (whether natural or synthetic) may be irritating if you have sensitive skin. 
  • Has a preservative system: Any product that contains water, such as body lotion, requires a preservative to inhibit bacterial growth.

The Best Body Lotions of 2022

Necessaire The Body Lotion
iS Clinical Body Complex
Alaffia EveryDay Coconut Body Lotion
Summer Fridays Summer Silk Nourishing Body Lotion
Megababe Soothing Hydrating Repair Care 24-Hour Sensitive Skin Lotion
Frank Body Smoothing AHA Body Lotion
Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion
First Aid Beauty Sculpting Body Lotion
Alchimie Forever Soothing Body Lotion
Odacite Perfect Nutrients Body Lotion
Pirette Hydrating Body Lotion
Caudalie Vinotherapist Hyaluronic Nourishing Body Lotion
Versed Firm Ground Retinol Body Lotion
Abhati Suisse Kanva Body Lotion

Further Reading

  1. Solanki, Kriti, Matnani, Manoj, Kale, Mrudula, Joshi, Kalpana, Bavdekar, Ashish, Bhave, Sheila & Pandit, Anand. (2005). Transcutaneous absorption of topically massaged oil in neonates. Indian Pediatrics. 2005 Oct; 42(10): 998-1005.
  2. Guyenet, Stephan J. & Carlson, Susan E. (2015). Increase in Adipose Tissue Linoleic Acid of US Adults in the Last Half Century. Advances in Nutrition. 2015 Nov 13; 6(6): 660-4.
  3. Concin, Nicole, Hofstetter, Gerda, Plattner, Barbara, Tomovski, Caroline, Fiselier, Katell, Gerritzen, Kerstin, Semsroth, Severin, Zeimet, Alain G., Marth, Christian, Siegl, Harald, Rieger, Karl, Ulmer, Hanno, Concin, Hans & Grob, Koni. (2011). Evidence for cosmetics as a source of mineral oil contamination in women. Journal of Women’s Health. 2011 Nov; 20(11): 1713-9.
  4. Lautenschläger, N. (2008). Fats and oils in cosmetics – Mother Nature versus petrochemicals? Kosmetische Medizin. 2008(2): 76–80.

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