These Hydrating Bodywashes Do the Most for Dry, Cranky Skin

Dry skin isn't seasonal. Sure, it might be more prevalent in the winter months, but that doesn't mean it magically disappears once the weather warms up—not for us at least. Spending time out in the sun and swimming in chlorine or salt water (depending on where we find ourselves in the world) makes our skin look and feel parched… and tight and itchy and sometimes even flaky. To make matters worse, we're usually wearing less come summer. Dry skin–disguising clothes like sweaters, coats, and scarves are replaced with shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits.

No matter what time of year it is or how dry our skin becomes, we won't despair, because we know how to fix it. Moisturizing body lotions are usually our first line of defense (along with protective sunscreen), but we also turn to certain bodywashes for help—those that are gentle and, most importantly, hydrating. Keep scrolling to see our 15 favorite hydrating bodywashes to use whenever dry skin strikes. 

1. Nécessaire The Body Wash

This bodywash comes courtesy of our favorite elevated-basics brand, Nécessaire. It's formulated with niacinamide and marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils, so it hydrates and softens the skin while cleansing it. It's also nonirritating and non-sensitizing, so it won't cause any damage to dry, dehydrated skin. Try any of the four different versions it's available in—Sandalwood, Eucalyptus, Bergamot, and Fragrance-Free. 

2. Bioderma Atoderm Shower Gel

If Nécessaire is our favorite elevated-basics brand, then Bioderma is our favorite French pharmacy brand (or one of them, at least). This shower gel is formulated without allergens, soap, or dyes. Instead of irritating dry skin, it moisturizes and softens it on contact. 

3. Bioderm Atoderm Shower Oil

We would be remiss if we didn't mention this shower oil, which is from the same line as the aforementioned gel. It's so gentle and moisturizing that it can be used on both the face and the body. As for the standout ingredients, there are coconut and sunflower esters, which soothe skin; glycerin, which moisturizes; and niacinamide, which supports the skin barrier. It's basically a silky, moisturizing dream for dry skin. 

Best Body Washes for Dry Skin



4. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash

Don't sleep on drugstore bodywashes. Not only are there some truly effective options out there, but they also come at a good price. Take this one for instance. At only $11 a pop, its creamy formula, which is rich in soothing oatmeal, will cleanse and moisturize dry skin. 

5. Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash

This oil-based bodywash was inspired by oil facial cleansers, which is evident from its luxurious scent and silky texture. It uses a blend of seven oils—coconut, meadowfoam, olive, soybean, grape-seed, sesame, and sunflower-seed oils—to moisturize and soften the skin. Its orange blossom and neroli scent is just the cherry on top. Oh, and if you really want to moisturize your skin, follow up this bodywash with Glossier's Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream ($22). 

6. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel

Fans of Sol de Janeiro's iconic Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45) will love this moisturizing bodywash. Just like the cream, it moisturizes with a blend of cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, and açaí oil. It also has the same warm and spicy scent, which honestly smells so good you could leave the house without wearing your daily perfume. 

7. L'Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil

Luxurious is the name of the game when it comes to this foaming oil-to-milk body cleanser. It contains almond oil, which leaves the skin super moisturized and super soft to the touch. It's also what imparts the woody scent. (If you normally prefer fragrance-free options, beware. The almond fragrance is quite decadent.) 

8. Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash With Shea Butter

If you love bodywashes that are super foamy and indulgent with an almost whipped texture, then this one's for you. It suds up into a rich lather, cleansing and moisturizing the skin with ingredients like niacinamide and shea butter. 

9. Ouai Body Cleanser 

How do we love this bodywash? Let us count the ways. First, there's the hydrating formula that combines jojoba and rose hip with skin-balancing probiotics. Then, there's the rich lather. Finally, there's the citrus scent, which makes us feel fresh, clean, and summery. 

10. Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser

Like other Drunk Elephant products, this cream body cleanser is cruelty-free, vegan, and packaged in recyclable materials. It soothes and moisturizes dry skin with passionfruit, sweet almond, and sacha inchi seed oils, plus amino acids and ultra-mild cleansing agents. 

11. Embryolisse Foaming Cream Milk 

This face-and-body cleanser is formulated with prickly pear extract and lipids to moisturize and protect the skin. It has a milky texture that foams up when it comes into contact with water. As for the scent, it's fresh and slightly powdery. Whenever you use it, your skin will feel soft, supple, and moisturized.  

12. La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP+ Gentle Moisturizing Wash

La Roche-Posay is yet another French pharmacy brand we can't get enough of. We love everything from the brand's Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60 ($20) to the Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum ($40). This face-and-body wash is no different. It contains shea butter and thermal spring water to hydrate and soothe even the most sensitive skin. 

13. Kiehl's Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser

This one is for fans of Kiehl's Creme de Corps Body Lotion ($30), which is a super-moisturizing body treatment. The bodywash version is just as moisturizing thanks to an oil-based formula that consists of castor, grape-seed, coconut, and rice-bran oils. 

14. CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash

CeraVe's Hydrating Body Wash is chock-full of ceramides, which are lipids that play an important role in your skin's moisture-barrier function. Translation? The gentle, non-stripping formula will soothe even the dryest and itchiest of skin. 

15. Naturium The Glow Getter Multi-Oil Body Wash

Starting out as an oil, this bodywash transforms into a silky lather that cleanses the skin without stripping moisture. The key is that it contains over 50% glycerin and phytolipids, keeping the moisture barrier intact, balancing the skin, and keeping dry skin at bay. 

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next, Le Labo's Santal 33 Shower Gel Is $60—This Is the $12 Dupe I Swear By