I Was Skeptical About Body Lotions, But These 17 Are Game-Changing

For years I've had a multi-step skincare routine, I wouldn't dream of not applying sunscreen every morning, and never go to bed without removing my makeup first. I take skincare very seriously, but when it comes to bodycare, I'm ashamed to admit that in the past I've been far less committed, and especially as far as hydration was concerned, my attitude was 'pretty much anything goes'. 

The thing is, as a beauty editor I'm sent hundreds of products every month, and with multiple bottles of body lotion gathering dust on my shelves, for 2023 I set myself the new year's resolution of committing to daily body lotion application. Now I have to admit, it wasn't easy. Getting out of the shower and standing in the cold applying moisturiser is really not my idea of fun. But the thing is, the skin on your body needs moisture just as much as the skin on your face. Whether your skin is naturally oily, dry or sensitive, keeping it hydrated is key to its health. I certainly never thought I had particularly dry skin on my arms and legs, but once I started applying body lotion daily, I realised just how much of a difference it makes...

For starters, my skin feels so much softer and smoother. I don't find myself having to exfoliate as much, my fake tan lasts for days longer than it used to, and there's something very comforting about that clean, fresh, body lotion scent lingering on skin all day long.


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Of course, if you do have typically dry skin, daily body lotion application will help soothe any dryness-related irritation and keep skin feeling comfortable. Second, keeping moisture levels up generally keeps skin looking and feeling softer and healthier, so if you experience body acne or areas of redness or sensitivity, you may well notice skin looking much calmer and clearer.

One of my other issues with body lotion is the time it takes to sink in. The last thing I want to be doing is standing around waiting for moisturiser to absorb, and I hate the feeling of having a greasy, sticky layer on my skin. A body lotion only makes the cut for me if it has the ability to sink in quickly, without leaving residue on my skin or clothes. Oh, and I also love a lotion that smells good—I like to think of it as fragrance layering, so something noticeable but not overpowering is what I look for. Over the past few months, I've worked my way through my personal stash and collated an elite edit of the best body lotions around for silky-soft limbs. Keep scrolling to see which ones hit the mark.

Shop the Best Body Lotions:

1. Necessaire The Body Lotion

2. Gypsy Water Body Lotion

3. Beauty Pie Deluxe Body Moisture Cream

4. Sol De janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

5. CeraVe Moisturising Lotion

6. Glossier Body Hero

7. Coco & Eve Glow Figure Whipped Body Cream

8. First Aid Beauty Smoothing Body Lotion

9. Susanne Kaufmann Hyaluron Body Gel

10. Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Moisturiser

11. Mutha Body Contour Serum

12. The Body Shop Almond Milk Body Lotion

13. Kora Organics Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion

14. Aromatherapy Associates Lotion

15. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

16. Superdrug Me+ Niacinamide Body Gel

17. Elemental Herbology Juniper Berry & Geranium Body Cream

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines. While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.