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12 Hydrating Body Lotions to Get You Through Fall

Don’t let dry skin win this season.

By: Hannah Baxter

Despite our pleas for summer to stick around a little longer, fall has officially arrived, and while we’re grateful that our daily commute now generates significantly less sweat, the reality is that our skin is about to suffer. Mainly in the moisture department, since cool, arid weather is quickly becoming an everyday reality. So if you aren’t already in the club of people who moisturize their entire body after a shower or bath, it’s time to hop aboard the hydration train with a new lotion. Whether you enjoy an ultra-decadent body butter or want a fast-absorbing formula that won’t stick to your work clothes, these are the 12 products we’re keeping on our bathroom shelves this season.


Avène Cold Cream Body Lotion, $27

For anyone needing a particularly soothing formula, this French pharmacy staple has got you covered. Dry, flaking skin is calmed with added allantoin, while safflower seed, sesame seed, coconut, and mineral oils lock in moisture.

Necessaire The Body Lotion, $25

A nourishing body lotion that’s chock-full of vitamins A, B³, C, E, and omegas 3,6, and 9. Necessaire’s minimalist product line might even encourage you to reorganize your bathroom to match its chic aesthetic. It also helps maintain a healthy pH level for your skin.

Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion, $16

Don’t overlook baby formulas when you’re on the hunt for optimum hydration. This formula contains jojoba, sunflower, and sweet almond oils, along with vitamin F (or linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid for skin barrier health) and the brand’s signature avocado perseose.

Augustinus Bader The Body Cream, $165

Dr. Bader, the brand’s founder, has over 30 years of experience with regenerative medicine, which is why this cream is one of the best money can buy for keeping your skin healthy, glowing, and firm. A blend of amino acids, medical-grade vitamins, and synthesized molecules found in the skin create an ideal environment for regeneration, while Brazilian candeia oil supports skin barrier health.

M-61 Hydraboost Body Butter, $24

For skin that is hydrated and firmed, turn to this decadent body butter. It’s packed with peptides and vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid to plump the skin, and plenty of soothing aloe for lingering irritation.

Jergens Lavender Body Butter Moisturizer, $8

If you love slathering on a thick layer of lotion before bed, the added lavender essential oil in this will help lull you to sleep. Rich shea, cocoa, and mango butters will also have your skin feeling baby-bottom soft after just one use.

Algenist GENIUS Collagen Body Mylk, $60

This formula is full of vegan collagen and lactic acid to help smooth and tone your skin, plus the brand’s patented alguronic algae-derived acid. Don’t let the thin texture fool you—your skin will feel deeply moisturized all day long.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $14

When your skin reacts to everything under the sun, this lotion is here to keep you feeling soothed and supple. There’s not a scrap of fragrance or essential oils in sight, and controlled-release technology helps to replenish your ceramides, which make up 50 percent of the skin barrier.

Skylar Isle Body Lotion, $28

When you’re rushing to apply lotion after your morning shower and would rather not have your thighs stick to your jeans, then this lightweight formula is for you. But there’s no lack of moisture here, with added hyaluronic acid, coconut, rosehip, and hemp seed oil, plus plenty of shea butter.

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, $30

There’s a reason you’ll spot this moisturizer on every industry insider’s bathroom shelf—it really, really works. Added beta-carotene, a naturally derived antioxidant, helps protect the skin from external stressors, while cocoa butter and sesame oil keep your skin feeling sinfully soft.

Amlactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion, $16

This formula contains 12 percent alpha hydroxy acids to help remove dead skin and promote new cell growth without disrupting your skin’s natural pH (which should hover around 5.5). If you struggle with flaky or clogged skin, this is about to be your new staple moisturizer.

Follain Organic Bath Co. Rose Body Butter, $38

Want an ultra-rich body butter? Look no further than this moroccan rose oil, shea butter, and argan oil formula. Your skin will be packed with fatty acids for overall health, and you won’t feel a single patch of dryness from day to night.

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