Nourish your dry and flaky skin with these star body moisturisers and lotions.
While we think nothing about investing both time and money to our daily facial skincare routines, our body, on the other hand, tends to get neglected. The truth is, not many of us would voluntarily moisturise from the neck down when we could simply go to bed five to ten minutes earlier. Plus, we are also guilty of not committing to a rigorous sun care routine when it comes to the skin on our body.
Yet, the skin on our body works in the same way as the skin on our face. This means that without regular hydration and exfoliation, dead skin cells can pile up and frequent use of harsh cleansers can lead to the damage of skin’s barrier layer and in turn, result in dry, rough and itchy skin.
To avoid this, it is important to keep your skin hydrated from top to toe, especially so if you’re exposed to air-conditioning for long hours every day. The best time to moisturise your skin is when it’s still damp so do slather on a body lotion in the shower before getting dressed.
Lightweight lotions are usually preferred because they are absorbed by the skin quickly so you can get dressed quickly after. Look out for ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid as they lock in moisture for smooth and supple skin immediately.
If you are prone to itching, that could be a sign that your skin’s barrier function has been compromised. This means you should be looking for products that contain oat extract or ceramides as these help rebuild your skin’s barrier layer to strengthen it against further damage.
Read on for the best body moisturisers that have been tried, tested and loved by beauty editors:
For all skin types: Crabtree & Evelyn Goatmilk & Oat Body Lotion, $36 for 250ml
Thanks to its gentle yet deeply nourishing formula that contains goat’s milk, oat kernel and shea butter, you can count on this nourishing body lotion for a satisfying moisture fix. Though intensely hydrating, it has a lightweight texture which penetrates into skin quickly. It also leaves behind a subtle powdery scent that soothes your senses, perfect as a pre-bedtime treat!
For a silky finish: Aveeno Daily Moisturising Sheer Hydration Lotion, $16.90 for 350ml
Widely recommended by dermatologists all over the world, this body lotion is tested to be non-comedogenic and is fragrance-free, which means that it will not clog pores and is suitable for people who are sensitive to artificially-scented products. It contains oat extract and fatty acids to soothe and strengthen skin against moisture loss. Best part? It dries into a silky, powdery finish so you can slip into your outfits immediately without any tackiness.
For strengthening skin: Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Cream, $23.90 for 75ml
Perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin, this intensely replenishing cream instantly cocoons parched skin, providing a comforting veil. And thanks to its bio-compatible formula that is rich in ceramides, fatty acids and squalane, it rebuilds damaged skin barrier to keep recurring dryness at bay. It is also free of potentially irritating colourants, fragrances and preservatives, making it ideal for repairing weakened skin.
For aromatherapy benefits: SpaRitual Close Your Eyes Body Lotion, $66 for 228ml
If you take your self-care ritual seriously, you’ll deeply enjoy this luxurious body lotion. Rub the lotion between your palms and inhale deeply. Scented with Egyptian geranium essential oil, your mind is instantly soothed as tension and stress melt away. And thanks to avocado butter, shea butter, olive and soybean oils, moisture is instantly replenished for softer, smoother skin. Not to mention that SpaRitual products are made with certified organic ingredients, giving you a peace of mind that you’re doing good while feeling and looking good.
For skin-firming properties: Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Toning Body Cream, $78 for 150g
If you’re looking for a body moisturiser that does more than provide hydration, this is your best bet. Beyond plant-based fatty acids that help reinforce skin barrier for more resilient skin, this sumptuous body cream is also enriched with frankincense and Gotu Kola extract, which helps accelerate the production of collagen to improve skin elasticity. Made with 77% organic ingredients, this formula is vegan-friendly, dermatologically tested and cruelty-free— plus points for those who are advocates of clean beauty.
For instant relief: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+, $39.90 for 200ml
An authority when it comes to sensitive skin, La Roche-Posay has been a trusted name for years. According to its research, relieving chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis requires more than merely restoring the skin’s protective barrier; it is vital to rebalance the skin’s microbiome as well.
Responsible for regulating skin’s immune responses towards external particles, micro-organisms found on the skin surface can play a part in skin flare-ups. Formulated to rebalance skin’s microbiome, La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP+ is formulated with a patented ingredient. Gentle and effective, it is suitable even for use on those with atopic eczema and on babies, instantly relieving any discomfort without any stickiness.
For long-lasting moisture: Nivea Body Oil In Lotion, $7.90 for 200ml
Specially formulated for those living in humid climates, this unique product promises the indulgent care of body oils in a lightweight texture of a lotion. Fast-absorbing, it melts into skin upon application and doesn’t leave behind any greasiness and stickiness. At the same time, argan oil locks in moisture for up to 24 hours for round-the-clock smoothness.