The Very Best Lotions for Dry Skin

Alle Connell
The Very Best Lotions for Dry Skin
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It’s finally summer, and that means short skirts, sundresses and tank tops galore. But if you have dry skin, you know that this time of year can be more stressful than sun-soaked. Worry no longer: we’ve rounded up the very BEST lotions for dry skin at every price point and that will solve every issue. Trust; as you hang out in shorts this summer, your skin will definitely thank us.

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It's finally summer, and that means short skirts, sundresses and tank tops galore. But if you have dry skin, you know that this time of year can be more stressful than sun-soaked. Worry no longer: we've rounded up the very BEST lotions for dry skin at every price point and that will solve every issue. Trust; as you hang out in shorts this summer, your skin will definitely thank us.

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For Keratosis Pilaris sufferers: AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion ($18.99)

If you suffer the red lumpy-bumps of KP, you know firsthand how hard it can be to find a lotion that A) takes care of your dry skin, while also B) not aggravating your skin condition. That's where Amlactin comes in: not only does it keep your skin TOTALLY hydrated and feeling soft, the 12% lactic acid helps keep your KP in check. It does have a very particular smell that vanishes on the skin—but people sensitive to fragrance should check it out before they commit to buying.

For overwashed hands: Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme ($24)

If you need to scrub your hands a lot (doctors and nurses, we're looking at you), Hand Relief is the ONLY lotion for dry shin you'll need. Not only is it soothing and moisturizing, it totally rehabs your cuticles and has a lovely light scent. Apply it at your desk or station and watch the amazing results over a week—seriously, you won't recognize your formerly dry skin.

For the freshly tattooed: Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($13.59)

What makes skin drier, more peely and more itchy than a brand new tattoo? Exactly. Aftercare is vital, not just for the sake of your sanity but for the sake of your future ink—you don't want your new body art to fade or blur, now do you?

That's where Aquaphor comes in. Though you should definitely follow the advice of your artist when it comes to lotions (and even washing), Aquaphor is unscented and free of any irritants. It'll help reduce the dry-skin time of your tattoo by a couple of days—and in this weather, that's a straight up miracle.

For eczema: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion ($10.99)

No matter your treatment regimen, CeraVe is considered the gold standard for eczema care. Formerly only available by prescription, this lotion is soothing, quick to absorb into the skin and totally sting-free. Did we mention it's 100% unscented? Oh yeah. Totally brilliant.

For the luxury lover: L'Occitane Divine Creme ($106)

We love fancy lotions that live up to the hype, and Divine Creme most definitely does. If you have dry skin (especially in a delicate area, like under your eyes), this is the ONLY lotion you need. Not only does it eradicate dryness, it also wears INCREDIBLY underneath makeup. It's perfect in every way.

For winter dryness: Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter ($38)

The ultimate dry skin lotion for those of us trapped by the Winter Witch, this MAY sound like a fancy coffee—but it's actually a miracle lotion. Not only does it smell beyond divine (and that's coming from someone who hates most smells), but it absorbs in a second and helps skin heal up INCREDIBLY quickly. If you're looking for the closest thing to a magical skin-restoring potion, this body butter is it.

For the DIY-ers: Vita Coco Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($32)

So many people love coconut oil, and it's easy to understand why: it's cheap, it's multi-purpose, and it works. Vita Coco makes our favorite coconut oil of all time, because it's super pure and leaves our skin looking (and feeling amazing). A quick caveat, though—if you have an existing skin condition, consult your dermatologist before slathering your skin in any kind of oil. Coconut oil, though beneficial for many, IS comedogenic so it can clog pores.

For dry feet: AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy ($8)

Just because it's boot season doesn't mean you get to neglect your feet. AmLactin's foot cream takes care of even the driest, saddest winter feet. Slater it on, throw on a pair of thick socks, and let the cream do its work. You'll be amazed at your results.

For the sensitive skinned: Burt's Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter & Vitamin E Body Lotion ($8)

Having dry skin when you're sensitive to EVERYTHING is its own circle of hell. Fortunately, Burt's Bees is on the case! This luxurious (and blessedly cheap) moisturizer will help re-hydrate your skin, without making you itchy or red in the meantime.

For dry lips: Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy ($35)

Okay, so it's not exactly a LOTION—but it is the answer you've been looking for to heal the dry skin on your lips. Marketed as an anti-aging product, Fresh's lip serum not only helps to moisturize, but loosens dry skin to make it easier to remove. Just apply to your mouth, then rub in small circles with a cotton washcloth overtop. You'll be astonished at how soft and smooth your kisser feels afterwards.

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