The 12 Best Body Lotions to Buy in 2018

Moisturize all over with these nourishing creams

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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.

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.

You know the deal: it’s important to wear sunscreen every single day (yes, rain or shine). While you may only associate this PSA with the skin on your face, it’s also imperative to protect the skin on your body, too—even when you’re not hanging out at the beach.

This drugstore mainstay from Eucerin is your best bet if you’re looking for a no-frills SPF-infused formula to incorporate into your daily routine. Featuring SPF 30, this lightweight yet creamy lotion protects your skin all while keeping it super hydrated all day long. While it works for everyone, this is a particularly great formula if you have skin that’s on the drier side, or if you have more sensitive skin that tends to react negatively to SPF. This dermatologist-approved lotion is also non-greasy and fragrance- and paraben-free.  More »

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.

There’s no denying that your skin goes through a lot of changes when you’re expecting. While some changes—like that gorgeous pregnancy glow—are welcomed, others, like stretch marks, may not be as desired. That’s why it’s important to keep the skin on your growing belly ultra-hydrated.

That’s where this Palmer’s Cocoa Butter cream comes into the mix. While you can't control factors like genetics that can contribute to stretch marks, this deliciously scented cream can keep your skin hydrated throughout your pregnancy. It's packed with nourishing ingredients and like skin-softening cocoa and shea butters, antioxidant-rich vitamin E, lutein, which helps to improve hydration and supports skin-stretching, and argan and almond oils, which are full of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals to nourish and help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

The long-lasting formula keeps skin moisturized for up to 48 hours allowing skin to stretch more easily since it is thoroughly hydrated. It’s also free of not-so-great-for-you ingredients like mineral oil, parabens, and phthalates. To apply, massage wherever you are prone to stretch marks up to three times per day, or whenever you’re in need a moisture-boost. One reviewer said she has no stretch marks since using this cream during (and after) all 9 of her pregnancies.

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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.

If you want your body to shine like a diamond look no further than this cost-effective lotion from dermatologist-favorite brand Olay. Olay is known for their body washes, creams, and lotions—and this radiance-boosting version is no exception.

Starring luminous minerals and antioxidant-rich vitamins B3 and E, this body lotion does more than just hydrate your skin. The luminous minerals in the lighter-than-air cream create a subtle yet stunning effect wherever you apply it, so your skin will never appear dry or flaky. Also, since it is loaded with vitamin E and vitamin B3, it’s said to also improve the appearance and the feel of your skin after just one week.

Rub all over your legs, arms, or wherever you want to add a soft sheen (avoid your face!) once daily. The best part? The fast-absorbing formula is super flattering, so it works for all skin tones.  More »