Best Lotions for Dry Skin: Top Recommendations and Reviews 2016-2017

Dry skin is an affliction that affects most people at one point or another in their lives. If you’re suffering from dry skin, you probably know that it can feel impossible to find a lotion that combats it accordingly. While some creams are too greasy, others are too light, and barely seem even to permeate the surface of the skin.

While some creams are too greasy, others are too light, and barely seem even to permeate the surface of the skin.

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Whether you’ve combatted dry skin all of your life, or you’re just getting started learning to deal with it, these lotions will help you address the problem.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter

An old standby that’s helped generations of people enjoy softer, better-moisturized skin, Palmer’s Coca Butter lotion is infused with vitamin e for a dense, healing texture. Ideal for rough, chapped skin on rough areas like elbows and heels, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter offers 24-hour moisturizing for the people who need it the most.

Ideal for rough, chapped skin on rough areas like elbows and heels, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter offers 24-hour moisturizing for the people who need it the most.

Plus, it smells great! The only two drawbacks are that it can be a bit heavy for people with acne-prone skin and that the coconut scent will rub off on everything which isn’t appealing to individuals who don’t enjoy it that much.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

While it doesn’t feature the fancy packaging of most body lotions on the market, CeraVe is a moisturizing cream that works for some of the driest, toughest skin out there. Frequently recommended by dermatologists for seasonally or chronically rough and chapped skin, this lotion comes in a large tub and is meant to protect and heal dry skin.

Frequently recommended by dermatologists for seasonally or chronically rough and chapped skin, this lotion comes in a large tub and is meant to protect and heal dry skin.

Infused with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, skin drinks this stuff up and comes back asking for more. While it works well for most people, the formula has heavy texture that may be too dense for some people.

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion

Another old standby, Lubriderm’s Daily Moisture Lotion is a go-to formula for dry skin. Unscented, sold in a nondescript bottle, and enriched with Vitamin B5, this is the must-have for anyone who wants long-lasting moisture without a heavy, greasy feel.

What’s more, since it isn’t scented, it’s unlikely to irritate the skin or cause breakouts on sensitive skin. The only drawback is that the formula is designed to be non-greasy, and it may be too light for some people who need a cream-style lotion.

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Butter

Sold in a small yellow tub with nondescript red and black text, this body lotion is designed to last forever, both in the tub and on your skin. Heavy, dense, super-hydrating, and made from shea and jojoba butter, this is the ideal body butter for anyone who needs heavy, long-lasting moisture.

Ideal for intensive use on hands, feet, and elbows, this cream can be used to bring immediate softness to problem areas, especially when applied and worn under socks.

Its only drawbacks? The heavy scent may be a bit too much for some people, and it can take a moment for the formula to soak into the skin.

Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 15 Body Lotion

Another fragrance-free, straightforward cream, this one is cheap, easy to find, and comes with SPF 15, so it protects your skin from harmful UV rays while it moisturizes. Available in a variety of weights (from light to heavy), this lotion can be ideal for people with varying skin hydration needs.

The only drawback to the lighter varieties is that they may not provide as much protection as someone needs. The formula is developed by dermatologists, though, and it’s designed to suit a variety of skin types and compositions.

Aveeno Eczema Therapy Cream

Designed for people suffering from eczema, this handy little cream works well on all skin types, and isn’t reserved for only people with eczema. The magic of this formula lies in its ingredients, which include colloidal oatmeal and ceramides, which protect skin and keep in moisture.

Highly emollient, dense, and creamy, this formula is ideal for anyone with severely dry skin, and will work wonders for wintertime scales.

While it’s ideal for the body, this formula should not be used on the face, as it is too heavy and may cause breakouts and clogged pores.

Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion

Looking for a lotion, that will stop that persistent itch from dry skin? Look no further than Aveeno’s anti-itch offering. Designed to sooth irritation and leave skin hydrated, smooth, and healthy, this unique lotion is ideal for people with sensitive skin or skin allergies.

Thick, easy to spread, and creamy, this lotion is fortified with a triple oat complex, which even makes it ideal for treating things like poison ivy itch or chicken pox rashes. Just be sure not to use it on your face, since it may cause breakouts.

Nivea Smooth Daily Moisture

Gentle, soft, and smooth, this is an excellent body moisturizer that won’t weigh your skin down. Instead of being heavy, dense, and creamy, it sinks in fast and leaves no sticky residue, which makes it perfect for busy people on the go.

Just keep in mind that people with severely dry skin may need to reapply it a few times a day for the needed effect.

J.R. Watkins Apothecary Hand & Body Lotion

Natural, dense, and creamy, this is one thick lotion that’s ideal for people with dry skin. Designed to soothe dry skin during the winter months and year-round, this sinks in fast and leaves a nice lemony smell.

There’s no sticky residue to worry about, and people love the smooth formula. The only drawback is that it can be a bit pricey compared to other comparable lotions on the market.

Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion

Designed to soften babies’ butts, this gentle formula is ideal for adults and kids alike. Non-irritating, fragrance-free, and highly absorbable, this is ideal for people who want lotion that doesn’t feel like lotion. Keep in mind, though that the light formula means you may have to re-apply to problem areas.

With these ten lotions, winter weather and dehydrating seasons are no match for your skin. Kick dry skin to the curb with one of these fantastic formulas.

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