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14 of the Most Hydrating Body Moisturizers and Oils for Dry Winter Skin

Itchy, irritated skin, be gone.

By: Hannah Baxter

There’s rarely a day in our office when someone isn’t complaining about dry, itchy skin. Despite our devotion to all things beauty, often our everyday products aren’t equipped to deal with the ravishing effects of winter weather. And since over 30 million Americans have eczema (not to mention other irritating skin conditions), it’s essential to invest in an effective moisturizer for your whole body. Whether you enjoy an old-school cream or prefer to swipe on an oil post-shower, these are the 14 hydrating products you’ll find in any skin-care aficionados bathroom.


Body Creams

A rich moisturizer is still one of our favorite ways to calm irritated skin. With added vitamins and other skin-soothing ingredients, these body lotions are a must-have for your self-care routine.


Nécessaire The Body Lotion, $25

This new multi-vitamin moisturizer is fragrance-free (perfect for sensitive skin) and absorbs surprisingly fast compared to your typical body lotion. The added marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils drench your skin with moisture, keeping it that way all day long.

Avène TriXera Nutrition Nutri-Fluid Balm, $42

Like all of Avène’s products, this body balm is loaded with its signature thermal spring water to help soothe and soften skin, plus ceramides and fatty acids to strengthen your skin barrier.

Bastide Corps-A-Corps Body Cream, $48

Provence olive squalane, shea butter, and sweet almond extract help this cream turn your skin incredibly supple and soothed. It also smells out of this world.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Moisturizer for Dry Skin, $20

The skin’s microbiome needs specific care to remain healthy, which is why the prebiotic action of this lotion deeply hydrates dry skin. It’s even suitable for those with eczema and babies two weeks and up.

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion for Extra Dry Skin, $8

Vitamins E and B5 help replenish skin with essential lipids and eliminate any trace of itchy dry patches. Plus, the price can’t be beat.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, $30

Cocoa butter, squalene, and beta-carotene are just a few of the hydrating ingredients in this cult-favorite body moisturizer. Your skin will feel deliciously soft and smooth after application, no matter how dry.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter, $36

Josie Maran’s signature ingredient, argan oil, is whipped into this creamy body butter with white tea extract and avocado oil. Your skin will be baby-bottom smooth in no time.


Body Oils

If you’re not a fan of cream body lotions, or would rather apply something while your skin is still damp from the shower or bath, these body oils are about to be your new skin-care favorites.

EiR NYC Savasana Body Oil, $45

Packed with calendula-infused olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, and more, this rich, all-purpose body oil will thoroughly quench your skin. We recommend applying straight out of the shower for the best results.

Uma Oils Absolute Anti-Aging Body Oil, $90

An indulgent body oil filled with rose, sandalwood, grapefruit, and neroli that will soothe parched skin and keep your skin glowing.

Neutrogena Body Oil, $10

This skin-care standby still works beautifully on extra-dry skin, and with the affordable price, you don’t have to feel bad about slathering it on head to toe.

L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil, $50

Formulated with 50 percent almond oil and camelina oil, which are rich in omega 6 and omega 3, respectively, this Provencal body oil nourishes your skin, leaving it with a satiny-smooth finish.

Biossance 100% Squalane Oil, $58

Your body’s production of squalane decreases as you age, which can cause your skin to become even dryer. That’s where this Biossance oil comes in, made with totally renewable squalane from sugarcane to deeply hydrate your skin.

African Botanics Firming Botanical Body Oil, $90

For a deeply nourishing treatment that also helps tone and firm your skin, this African Botanics oil is a definite favorite. The marula and pinotage grape seed oils, along with vitamins C and E, hydrate and stimulate the production of collagen.

Balmyard Beauty Romantic Call Body Oil, $82

Coconut, shea, and sweet almond oils pack the skin with much-needed moisture, while hibiscus seed oil’s healing properties help even out the skin tone for a soothed, luminous finish.

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