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        Best Body Oil 2016

        Neutrogena Body Oil

        Best Body Oil 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Neutrogena Body Oil

        You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t love this cult classic. The silky (yet fast-absorbing) texture, faintly floral scent, and repairing benefits of this oil are just three reasons we’re enamored. The hydrator sinks in and dries quickly, even when applied from neck to toes—which really should be done right after a shower to seal in moisture, says Dr. Palm. The sesame-oil mix also provides antioxidant vitamin E.

        Neutrogena | $9
        Best Foot Cream 2016

        L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

        Best Foot Cream 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        L’Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

        Why, hello again. This shea-butter base takes the prize for pampering stiletto-pinched feet too. If you’re as finicky as Goldilocks, our panelists say this item is sure to please: It’s not so light that it fails to soften and not so heavy that you “struggle to apply it,” says Vega. The blend, which also contains coconut oil and honey extract, leaves skin supple, hydrates hardened cuticles, and renders sandpaper soles and heels smooth. Use it during the day to cast a sheer, light-catching sheen, making your feet and calves look infinitely better in your gladiator sandals. At night, make like Vega and slather it on before bed, covering your feet with thick cotton (read: breathable) socks immediately after. This not only seals in precious moisture but also prevents you from an unexpected slip ’n’ slide during a midnight bathroom run.

        L'Occitane | $28
        Best Hand Cream 2016

        L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

        Best Hand Cream 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2012

        L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream

        It feels like buttah. Shea buttah, to be exact. But better smelling and less greasy too, says manicurist Ami Vega, who’s been reaching for this rich moisturizer for years. And its price breaks down to a pretty bargain given how just a “tiny, pea-size dot covers your entire hand,” she says. And the hydrating shield holds on, even after a vigorous hand washing during flu season.

        L'Occitane | $28
        Editor’s Pick
        Best Multipurpose Hydrator 2016

        Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

        “Light and silky, this coconut oil can soften skin, gloss even the finest hair, and tackle what’s left of last night’s smoky eyes.” —DIANNA MAZZONE, ASSISTANT BEAUTY EDITOR

        20% off at koparibeauty.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        Kopari | $44
        Editor’s Pick
        Best 2014 Editors' Pick

        Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2014

        Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

        Some morning routines may as well include a stopwatch. This aerosol mist, infused with aloe, oat extract, or cocoa butter, meets the need for speed. It sprays out fine, thickens on contact, and absorbs in 10 seconds.

        Vaseline | $8
        Best 2014 Body Lotion

        CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

        Best 2014 Body Lotion
        WINNER 2014

        CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

        Even the itchiest scales will be soothed by this sustained-release lotion. Thanks to a standout mix of humectants and barrier protectors like ceramides, “it won’t wear off in 20 minutes,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Ellen Marmur.

        Cera Ve | $15/16 oz.
        Best 2013 Body Lotion

        CeraVe

        Best 2013 Body Lotion
        WINNER 2013

        CeraVe

        You’ll find the usual suspects in this hydrating cream, including glycerin and hyaluronic acid. But the fragrance-free winner stands out from the crowd with “time-released ceramides that strengthen the skin’s barrier and help clinch all that moisture,” says Washington, D.C., dermatologist Noëlle Sherber. Translation: No need to reapply.

        Cera Ve | $15
        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Body Lotion

        Avalon Organics

        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Body Lotion
        WINNER 2013

        Avalon Organics

        Just a dollop of this rich lotion and dry skin throws in the towel. “It contains a triple dose of lipid sources—sunflower, flaxseed, and coconut oils,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Amy Lewis.

        Avalon Organics | $12
        Best 2012 Eco-Friendly Body Lotion

        Alba Botanica

        Best 2012 Eco-Friendly Body Lotion
        WINNER 2012

        Alba Botanica

        Got elbows that could refinish hardwood floors? Introduce them to this insanely emollient lotion loaded with "soothing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and green tea," says N.Y.C. dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton. The organic formula also relieves dry, itchy skin.

        Alba Botanica | $12
        Best 2011 Eco-Friendly Body Lotion

        Nature's Gate Oatmeal Body Lotion

        Best 2011 Eco-Friendly Body Lotion
        WINNER 2011

        Nature's Gate Oatmeal Body Lotion

        Bursting with botanicals such as apricot kernel, sweet almond oil, and ultra-hydrating vegetable glycerin, this natural wonder absorbs instantly, providing grease-free hydration all day long.

        Nature's Gate | $11
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2009

        Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins The Way of the Bath Matcha Tea Body Lotion

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2009

        Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins The Way of the Bath Matcha Tea Body Lotion

        We like to think of it as much more than a hydrator-it's an all-natural pick-me-up. Ginseng, jojoba seed oil and murumuru butter perk up dull, dry skin; the refreshing scent of green tea makes early wake-up calls a breeze.

        Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins | $40/6.7 oz.
        Best 2008 Body Lotion

        Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion

        Best 2008 Body Lotion
        WINNER 2008

        Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion

        More than just a soothing moisturizer, this heavy-duty lotion is a bona fide treatment product, thanks to the addition of exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids and moisture-binding urea. Best of all, it won't sting or irritate dry or sensitive skin: "It's anti-inflammatory, soothing and hydrating," confirms N.Y.C. dermatologist Neil Sadick.

        Eucerin | $11/16.9 oz.
        Best 2007 Lightweight Body Lotion

        Jergens Skin Smoothing Cellular Renewal Moisturizer

        Best 2007 Lightweight Body Lotion
        WINNER 2007

        Jergens Skin Smoothing Cellular Renewal Moisturizer

        Jojoba oil, AHAs and microbeads that dissolve with massage create a "combination of exfoliating and moisturizing that penetrates well and leaves skin soft," says Great Neck, N.Y., dermatologist Jeannette Graf.

        Jergens | $7/16.8 oz.
        Best 2006 Overall Body Cream

        Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

        Best 2006 Overall Body Cream
        WINNER 2006

        Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

        Made with soothing oatmeal, this rich but nongreasy product is best for very dry skin, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Bradford Katchen. It absorbs quickly, and "it's fragrance-free, so it won't irritate sensitive skin-or clash with your perfume," says L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu.

        Aveeno | $9/12 fl. oz.
        Best 2005 Body Treatment Product

        Amlactin 12% Moisturizing Lotion

        Best 2005 Body Treatment Product
        WINNER 2005

        Amlactin 12% Moisturizing Lotion

        Head and (smooth, exfoliated) shoulders above other intensive body treatments, this lotion has 12 percent lactic acid-which makes it comparable to prescription-strength alpha-hydroxy-acid (a natural humectant), says Yale University dermatologist Leffell. The sheer formula softens even the scaliest skin.

        Amlactin | $22/14 oz.
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