The 7 Best Body Washes for Dry Skin in 2019

Moisturizing is as easy as jumping in the shower

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There are a lot of things we love about winter, but dry skin isn’t one of them. When the humidity plummets and indoor heat gets cranked up, we can almost feel the moisture getting sucked right out of our skin. When we’re feeling dry and itchy, a long, steamy shower often sounds like bliss, but beware: hot water removes your skin’s natural oils, and spending too much time in water can actually be drying. To stave off dry skin (or prevent it from getting worse), keep your bath or shower short, stick with warm water, and use a gentle body wash designed to hydrate, moisturize, and repair the skin’s damaged barrier. Take your pick from this roundup of the top body washes for dry skin.

Accepted by the National Eczema Association for use on eczema and sensitive skin, this fragrance-free foaming wash is a favorite of dermatologists for anyone with dry skin. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid to attract much-needed moisture to the skin’s surface and three essential ceramides to repair the skin’s protective barrier. Free of soap, sulfates, and parabens, it gently cleanses without irritating and leaves skin feeling moisturized all day long.

Dove DermaSeries Body Wash
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The classic Dove Beauty Bar is gentle enough for dry skin, but parched and itchy skin can benefit from the extra relief of Dove DermaSeries. Ten times more nourishing than a regular body wash, it’s formulated with sunflower oil to create a skin barrier that locks in moisture and glycerin, a humectant, to draw in water into the upper layers of the skin. Hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic, this body wash is free of steroids, sulfates, fragrance, dye, aluminum, phthalates, and parabens. More »

When your skin barrier is disrupted, it becomes prone to irritation and dehydration. This soap-free body wash helps to maintain skin’s optimal pH level, preserving the protective barrier and minimizing moisture loss. 

Every Man Jack Shea Butter Deep Hydration Body Wash
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Every Man Jack body wash uses coconut-derived surfactants to gently cleanse and rich shea butter to rejuvenate dry, rough-looking skin. There’s also aloe and glycerin mixed inside the sleek black bottle to soothe and protect the skin while helping to maintain its natural moisture level. More »

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel
Courtesy of Sephora

We’re not sure what’s more decadent: the creamy lather of this body wash or its delicious pistachio-caramel fragrance. Nourishing dull, dry skin with cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, and acai, Brazilian 4 Play is so rich it can double as shaving cream. Devotees love how the scent lingers long after toweling off.  More »

Moroccanoil Shower Milk
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Infused with argan oil to hydrate dry skin, this silky body wash also improves skin’s tone and texture thanks to a nourishing blend of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. It’s pricier than your typical cleanser, but reviewers note that a little goes a long way when you use a loofah or sponge. More »

Hempz Triple Moisture Herbal Whipped Creme Body Wash
Courtesy of Ulta

Don’t be turned off by the name: This thick cleanser has the consistency of a creamy wash, not whipped cream! Its non-drying formula is enriched with 100% pure natural hemp seed oil, which is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, to soften even the driest skin. Hydrating yangu oil and antioxidant-rich apple fruit extract and cogon grass extract work together to help retain skin’s moisture. This sulfate-free wash is 100% vegan. More »

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular body washes for dry skin on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different body washes overall, screened options from 11 different brands and manufacturers and read over 10 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.