The Best Body Lotions Under $20 for Extremely Dry Skin
Thanks to my sensitive skin, winter weather makes my entire body equally as dry as my face. And seeing as the flaky, rough patches that develop on my thighs and around my knees aren't my idea of accessorizing, the second I spot any dryness, I reach for the nearest bottle of body lotion to slather all over my legs. But this has led me to my next dilemma: A lot of creams are greasy as hell, and not necessarily moisturizing.
On the bright side, I've wasted so much time standing around in my bathroom waiting for lotions to absorb into my skin, that I eventually figured out which ones will actually dry fast and hydrate my skin, without leaving any residue. Even better: Many of the best ones I've tried are affordable — we're talking under $20 — and the vast majority are available at the drug store.
Keep reading to find out which deeply hydrating body lotions made the cut. You'll definitely want to have these in stock for winter.
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Dove DermaSeries Replenishing Body Lotion
When your skin is just as easily irritated as you are, Dove has you covered. Its DermaSeries line is specifically formulated for sensitive and dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This gentle lotion moisturizes clinically dehydrated, flaky skin without any harsh additives.
Kopari Coconut Melt
If you want all of the hydration that coconut oil has to offer without the greasiness, this jar is for you.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin
When in doubt, reach for a bottle of Aveeno's moisturizing lotion. Although its creamy, it absorbs quickly so you can get dressed right after you've applied it. The formula is also fragrance-free, so it's a great pick for skin that gets irritated by common scents in body lotions.
Burt's Bees Milk and Honey Body Lotion
Formulated with milk, honey, and other nourishing botanicals, this lightweight cream is an affordable body lotion option — especially if you're making the switch to clean beauty products.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
This is the gold standard of body lotions. And there's a reason why you've probably had it stocked in your bathroom at some point: It's lightweight, uber-hydrating, and gentle enough for all skin types. With ceramides as the hero ingredient, this lotion seals in moisture to stop the cycle of dry skin in its tracks.
St. Ives Smoothing Rose & Argan Body Lotion
A rose-scented body lotion by any other name wouldn't smell as sweet at this St. Ives product. The formula is infused with nourishing, skin-smoothing argan, coconut, and soybean oils.
Vaseline Intensive Care Calm Healing Lotion
The latest edition of this classic drugstore buy includes soothing lavender to calm irritated and inflamed winter skin.