We've tried our fair share of lotions and creams that have given us high hopes and promises only to be left dull and discouraged—especially regarding the state of our skin. Annoying. Finding an exceptional remedy for pesky dry skin shouldn't be difficult. After all, enter any drugstore or beauty retailer and you'll eagerly be met with—quite seriously—hundreds of tempting options. But which ones actually work?
As beauty editors who have practically blockaded ourselves at our desks with piles upon piles of beauty product here at WWW HQ, we're not surprised that many of our fellow editors and colleagues pay visits whenever they're in need of some kind of beauty-related antidote. And while we regularly lend taps of eye cream, glitter, and even CBD-spiked honey for the occasional sore throat (yes, really), nothing has higher demand than skin-quenching lotions, oils, and creams. (Fashion and scaly crocodile skin do not a stylish outfit make.)
Alas, after lots of trial and error, and lots of sacrificial dry skin, there is a select number of the best moisturizers we recommend and offer up to help pacify flakes and roughness. From shimmering lotions to fatty acid–packed oils, we're outlining our 18 top product picks to achieve glowing, hydrated, perfectly smooth skin. Keep scrolling.
For the shimmer enthusiast
It doesn't get prettier than the flattering finish this luxe body serum leaves behind. Sparkling rose gold is speckled throughout a moisturizing blend of supercritical chia seed oil (the brand's hero ingredient!), gotu kola, arnica oil, and camellia seed oil.
For the lotion enthusiast
This skin-saving hand, body, and face lotion is the luscious passion project of world famous hand and parts model Adele Uddo. Rich in nutrition, it's spiked with antioxidants and other hydrating power players like hyaluronic acid, MSM, coffee berry, and raspberry leaf to immediately quench the skin for an enduring, velvety-soft finish.
Described as "yummy vanilla banana custard," this delicious body lotion from Lush is one of our all-time favorites. Yes, it smells amazing (like dessert but in a chic way), but it also gives our skin flawless hydration, making it one of the best moisturizers for dry skin money can buy.
If you're not a fan of frills and fragrance but still want an A+ formula with only the best and most nourishing of ingredients, look no further. Osea's signature lotion is enriched with flake- and scale-banishing ingredients like rosehip, kukui, and avocado oils, alongside shea butter and organic seaweed.
For the cream enthusiast
This glow-inducing, multitasking formula from Noto Botanics is one of our forever favorite dry skin remedies. You can use it on your body, face, or hands, and unlike so many formulas whose softness washes away after the first rinse, the moisture this formula grants lasts and lasts and lasts.
Celebrity hair colorist Lorri Goddard first introduced me to this romantically rose-scented body cream, and my (previously) perpetually parched skin has been thankful ever since. It's indulgent, beautifully scented, and one of the best moisturizers for dry skin currently in my product repertoire.
For the balm enthusiast
Technically, this blue-tansy-dusted balm is meant for the face, but we love using it as a multi-purpose antidote wherever we're feeling cracked and scaly. It's saved our cuticles, elbows, and knuckles on more occasions than we can count, and the packaging is impeccably chic to boot.
For the oil enthusiast
This slightly tinted body oil absorbs insanely fast and is a go-to favorite of my fellow beauty editor Amanda Montell (who always looks glowy and radiant). According to her very discerning testimony, it leaves skin insanely hydrated and smooth—as if you've just executed a super-close shave—for a full 24 hours.
If you're looking to drench your skin in moisture, this lovely body oil from Tata Harper 100% has your back this season. It's chock-full of green juice–like nutrition (think essential vitamins, minerals, and other firming perks) and never leaves skin feeling overly greasy or slick.
Fun fact: Amanda and I are actually roommates and we fight over this luxe body oil. It features high-performance botanical ingredients inspired by Indian ritual and glosses the skin with precious MVP hydrators like sunflower, jasmine, and alma oils. Unsurprisingly, it smells amazing as well.
One-part healing serum, one-part moisture-sealing oil, this firming body oil's impressive roster of skin savers has us addicted. Organic additions like rosehip oil, vitamins C and E, and caffeine keep our skin hydrated, yes, but also taught, tight and silky smooth.
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.