The 9 Best Body Lotions to Buy in 2018

Moisturize all over with these nourishing creams

There are dozens of different body lotions lining the shelves at the drugstore, making it understandably overwhelming to find the right one for daily use. But one thing’s for sure: daily moisturizing is essential to keeping skin looking smooth, youthful, and healthy as you age. Whether you’re looking to hydrate super parched skin, firm up aging skin, or are looking for a lotion with a little fragrance, there's undoubtedly a lotion out there for you.

Below, find the best body lotions on the market, all under $50.

Make the most out of the moisturizing effects of 100% natural hemp seed oil with this ultra-soothing body lotion. This unscented and THC-free lotion is has garnered more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, thanks to its dramatically hydrating formula and budget-friendly price point. Made with shea butter, ginseng, and vitamins A, C, and E, this nourishing formula promises to protect skin from natural and environmentally triggered elements, which can cause skin to age faster.

If you’re interested in scented lotions, Hempz also sells the same standard body lotion formula in a number of different scents, from Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon to Green Tea & Asian Pear. “If you don’t already know about this product, then its time that you learn. This is the absolute BEST moisturizer on the market,” one reviewer writes, and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

This everyday body lotion is so gentle and reliable, it’s the perfect choice for every member of the family. In addition to being a drugstore staple, this lotion has more than 2,200 five-star reviews on Amazon and is praised by devotees who swear by it.

The affordable lotion is made from ceramides, a component that occurs naturally in the skin. The ceramides moisturize and build up the protective layers of the skin for up to 24 hours while remaining lightweight rather than sticky or goopy. This moisturizer is also free from fragrances, oil-free, and is hypoallergenic, so even people with the most sensitive skin will be protected from unwelcome rashes and breakouts. The best part? CeraVe daily lotion is so gentle, you can use it on both the face and body without worrying about clogged pores.

Aveeno is a classic lotion brand for a reason: their use of Active Naturals Collodial Oatmeal truly helps to lock in moisture and prevent dry skin better than their competitors on the market. Oatmeal, long known for its ability to soothe sensitive skin in the form of oatmeal baths, actually gives skin the enhanced ability to absorb moisture, which in turn will relieve dry, itchy, or flaky skin over time.

In addition to being super-hydrating, this product is lightweight and non-greasy, which makes it perfect for people with eczema that need a strong product that isn’t too heavy to wear all day. This fragrance-free lotion is dermatologist recommended and at less than $10 per bottle, it’s just what the doctor ordered.

For men with dry skin who need a no-fuss solution, look no further than this top-rated, 3-in-1 body lotion from NIVEA. This dermatologist-tested lotion is gentle enough to use on the face, hands, and body, while providing deep moisture all day long for dry skin.

While most lotions on this list are unscented, this gentle cream has a slight “Sea Minerals” scent. Thankfully, reviewers have found that the fragrance does not cause irritation and is not overpowering, so you won’t leave the house smelling like the ocean all day long.

This popular lotion from Philosophy offers the best of a daily moisturizer with the added boost of a firming solution. It’s incredibly hydrating due to the natural olive and macadamia nut oils and unique blend of vitamins E and C. The addition of a powerful antioxidant blend helps prevent skin from environmental toxins and firms skin to help tone wherever the lotion is applied. The cream is also made with Philosophy’s bestselling Amazing Grace fragrance, giving you a light scent to wear all day in place of or layered over your usual fragrance.

At around $40 a bottle, this lotion is on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but the combination of moisturizer, firming lotion, and amazing scent make it worth every penny.

Lather yourself in the sweet smells of coconut and papaya with this totally luxurious lotion. The super-moisturizing formula of is made from shea butter, aloe vera, vitamin E, coconut oil and papaya, which is an unusual lotion ingredient, but is actually very rich in vitamins that are great for healthy skin. The addition of coconut oil, which has exploded into a must-use beauty ingredients in recent years, helps to protect and soften skin for lasting relief.

This brand is also cruelty-free so you can feel good about where your money is going. And at less than $15 a bottle, it’s the cheapest tropical getaway you’ll find.

If you’re looking for a moisturizing cream that is good for you and good for the planet, look no further than this Puracy Organic everyday cream. After trying out and receiving feedback on four different formulas, the brand settled on an all-natural, food-grade mix of organic ingredients including sunflower oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil, and vitamin E, which will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth without the addition of harmful chemicals.

Thanks to the natural and organic ingredients, this organic lotion is non-toxic, hypoallergenic, never tested on animals, and is biodegradable, so you know you’re making the best choice for the earth. Puracy is so sure that you’ll love their lotion, they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, or they’ll refund your purchase.

When you’re looking for a more powerful anti-aging lotion to help keep skin supple over time, turn to this collagen skin rescue lotion from Advanced Clinicals. A safe alternative to collagen injections, this lotion helps firm skin when applied and can even reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and sagging skin.

In addition to its anti-aging benefits, this collagen cream is a great everyday moisturizer for even the driest skin. Active moisturizing ingredients including green tea, aloe vera, and chamomile to moisturize and also fight facial puffiness throughout the day.

If you’ve never used an in-shower body lotion before, prepare to meet your new favorite product. The benefit of applying lotion in the shower is that you get the same deep moisture as a body butter, without the super heavy feel or leftover residue. Simply shower as you would normally, apply the body lotion, rinse it off, and get dressed as normal.

This dermatologist-approved cocoa butter cream from NIVEA deeply nourishes and promises to provide 24 hours or more of soothing moisture. While cocoa butter can be a heavier ingredient in some lotions, this in-shower lotion allows the wearer to get dressed right after toweling off—no additional dry time needed.


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