Unless you’re that brave soul that goes totally tight-less or forgoes a coat in the middle of winter, your limbs are at least somewhat shielded from the bitter cold. But unfortunately, that’s not always enough to stop the seasonal beauty side effects–namely, dryness from wrecking havoc on our arms and legs.
That’s where body moisturizers come to the rescue! Not only do they provide a recharge of hydration to our skin, but they leave our stems feeling and looking silky smooth. In the event you’ve run dry, we put together our picks of the best body moisturizers for winter plus some other with top formulas to try.
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Kiehl's Creme de Corps ($48, nordstrom.com) is one of our all-time faves, regardless of the season. It's incredibly rich but doesn't leave your arms or legs feeling uncomfortably greasy. Made with beta-carotene, it provides your skin antioxidant protection and needed moisture.
Take a closer look at Nivea's Cocoa Butter Body Lotion ($11, walmart.com), and you'll see this formula is made specifically for dry skin. The cocoa butter is the star ingredient, for sure, but it's also made with vitamin E and the brand's "Hydra IQ Technology," which is supposedly what helps it last for 24 hours. At $11, it's definitely worth a shot, no?
Not a lotion or a cream, Biotherm Lait Corporel Body Milk ($26, biotherm-usa.com) has a thinner, fluid-like consistency that absorbs quickly and soothes dry skin within minutes. It gets an A+ from us, for sure. If thick formulas aren't for you but you want a hard-working product to help heal your arms and legs, this is a must-try.
We're big fans of Vaseline's Intensive Care line (particularly the lotion dosed with calming aloe), but this product, Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Unscented Lotion ($4, drugstore.com) has piqued our interest for a few reasons. For one, it's unscented, and if you are sensitive to fragrance, that's golden. It's also formulated with droplets of actual Vaseline jelly and gets a badge of approval from the National Eczema Association.
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer ($8, ulta.com) is a Daily Makeover favorite not only for it's convenience (there's no need to dry off!) but also for its coconut oil-enhanced hydrating properties. A little goes a long way, so no need to buy in bulk unless you're that obsessed.
You'll have to love thicker consistencies, but The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Body Butter ($36, thebodyshop-usa.com) hasn't done us wrong when we need a quick surge of hydration. Made with, argan oil, which is known for its moisturizing properties, it makes caring for dry skin a little bit more enjoyable. Yeah, it's possible.
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Restorsea Body Butter ($120, restorsea.com) gets the Daily Makeover seal of approval for its velvety texture and hydrating capabilities. And while it's a splurge, it also claims to help firm and tone skin and is free of silicone, parabens, and mineral oil. Now that's worth the price.