If you’ve ever spent a relaxing hour or two in the tub, then you already know it’s one of the few quiet moments where you can pour all your energy into self-care. Sometimes means a hydrating face mask and a glass of wine, and sometimes it might involve a compelling read and a bit of aromatherapy. There’s no denying that the actual soak can be the most luxurious part of your R&R for the night, but if you’re determined to extend your personal TLC beyond the bath itself, it comes down to finishing it off with the right body moisturizer.
As beauty lovers, odds are you’re already investing in a quality moisturizer for your face — after all, it’s a must in anyone’s skincare arsenal. But what about the rest of your body? Layering on a post-wash moisturizer, whether it’s a creamy lotion or a lightweight oil, is an essential step to locking in all the work you’ve put into your body. And speaking from experience (in which I took a long soak and exfoliated every inch of dead cell off my skin) giving your skin a heaping dose of hydration does wonders for smooth, velvety skin.
Scroll down to see the body moisturizers I’ve been loving as of late. From lavish creams to drugstore favorites, these buttery products will keep your skin feeling soft to the touch.
Augustinus Bader has long been a favorite among beauty editors for their moisturizing creams, and it’s easy to see why: the brand has mastered the category. The Body Cream will give you rich hydration without leaving any sticky residue on your skin or anywhere else. The whipped texture of this cream gives a light feeling to this formula, which includes shea butter for long-term hydration.
Lavido’s clean skincare products have been a dream for my skin, and their body cream is no different. The Thera Intensive Body Cream features ingredients like tea tree oil to speed up your skin’s regeneration period, along with Vitamin E for additional hydration. The formula was made to cooperate with hypersensitive skin, and with lavender as another active ingredient, it leaves a beautiful scent on the skin too.
When I’m feeling particularly decadent, I’ll slather RéVive’s firming cream all over my body before I go to bed. The result? Taut, soft skin. Not only does the cream feature phyto-tensors, microalgae, and shekwasa (also known as flat lemon) to tighten and lift your skin, but it also includes an notable amount of rich emollients, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin plump and hydrated.
If it’s intense care your skin needs, look to SpaRitual’s Body Salve. This deep hydration treatment is formulated with cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and carnauba wax and adjusts your body temperature to melt into the skin. I recommend rubbing a small amount between your hands before spreading it over your body — a little goes a long way with this product.
If you have ultra-sensitive skin, give Tatcha’s Indigo Body Butter a try. As indicated by the name, the formula is made with Japanese indigo, a botanical that’s been known to sooth irritation and boost the skin’s natural healing. This ingredient contains three active compounds — trypanthrin, indirubin, and isatin — which keep your skin from acting up. Plus, the cream goes on with a natural blue tint that fades away once you’ve applied it. Who wouldn’t find fun in that?
Sometimes, especially during the warmer days, I like to swap out my heavier creams for something lighter like an oil. Bathing Culture’s face and body oil can be used on damp skin right after you’ve stepped out of the shower or bath, leaving vitamins C and E, fatty acids, antioxidants, and more on your skin for a lasting glow.
I can’t remember when or why I started using CeraVe’s lotion, but all I know is that I haven’t been able to stop. I knew I was onto something when friends of mine asked what type of lotion I use for my eczema-prone skin. But when, unprompted, a dermatologist suggested it for everyday use — primarily because of the hyaluronic acid in its formula — I felt like I had struck gold. If you want a fail-safe option that won’t break the bank, this is it.
Don’t let the simple packaging deceive you: this product packs a punch. natureofthings’ Body Crème was designed to be a clean, moisture-rich cream with shea butter and botanical oils like jojoba, grape seed, and squalane. It also contains black pepper to reduce inflammation, which lends a light kick to the otherwise clean and citrusy scent.
For those of you who want something lightweight to use everyday, opt for the Bamboo Lemongrass Moisturizer from LATHER. It features bamboo, aloe, seaweed, and chamomile to soothe your skin while providing it with the moisture it needs.
If you plan to bare your skin at the beach and pool this summer, Sol de Janeiro’s best-selling and award-winning cream will be your new best friend. Originally designed to target the area around your butt, this buttery firming lotion, which features ingredients like caffeine-packed guarana extract, will leave your body with a lifted, all-over glow.