These Body Moisturizers Actually Work Wonders, According to Reviewers

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In the world of skincare, moisturizer is like a drink of water: It's essential for healthy skin, and when used over the long-term, it helps your skin (your body's largest organ!) function at the top of its game. Since you likely already have a good daily moisturizer for your face, we're focusing on the best body lotions, oils, and balms to replenish your dry skin from below your neck to your toes. 

To help us sift through the best body lotions for glowing skin, we scoured product reviews on Sephora, SpaceNK, Amazon, The Detox Market and Dermstore to curate 21 best body lotion bets. Read on to hear from the people about what sets each body moisturizer apart so you can choose the best one for your own skin concerns. 

Moisture Meets SPF

Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter With Sea Buckthorn SPF 40
Supergoop! Forever Young Body Butter With Sea Buckthorn SPF 40 $38

From the People: "I've had skin cancer in the past, so it's really important for me to have good protection. I love that this has the high SPF as well as being really moisturizing. It has a nice smell and doesn't have that gross sunscreen smell to it at all. Third time I am repurchasing!" — Julia5555

"I apply this every time I get out of the shower to my arms, legs, and any other dry or sun-exposed area. It works both as a body butter and sunscreen at once, which is great, because it saves time since you don't need to layer products. It's not greasy, but it is rich and moisturizing." — melebritty

A Softening Body Oil

Susanne Kaufmann Body Oil
Susanne Kaufmann Body Oil $72

From the People: "Natural meets luxury. I notice my legs and arms stay hydrated longer and feel smoother BECAUSE of this extremely nourishing oil. How did Susanne do it? I own her body scrub too! I like to put this oil on after the shower." — SkinsMything

"This was one of those impulse purchases. I wasn’t looking or in need for a body oil, but I purchased this one. Will say it’s pricey but a little goes a long long way. The product stretches that I’m not having to apply a ton on to cover my whole body. I like to use it after I get out of the shower. Not only does it make me soft all over, but it also smells light and fresh!" — CA12

For Exfoliation

Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion
Glytone Exfoliating Body Lotion $43

From the People: "I had the roughest skin on my legs and I tried everything to get rid of those annoying bumps. I had read some reviews about the effectiveness of Glytone exfoliating lotion and decided to try it. After about three days my legs felt less bumpy and rough; after a week they were silky smooth. An expensive lotion but worth every penny!" — Anonymous reviewer

"If you struggle with bacne, or uneven rough/bumpy skin, this lotion is for you! In tandem with the body wash… A MIRACLE in a bottle. I have tried EVERY exfoliating body wash/lotion with no results prior to switching to Glytone products. I need a lifetime supply." — Anonymous reviewer 

Long-lasting Hyaluronic Acid

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion $12

From the People: "My dermatologist suggested using this brand of products. The moisturizing cleanser is so good, my hands and face never feel dry when using. The lotion is light and absorbs quickly. The cream is wonderful for those areas of your body that are so very dry… I had dry flaky legs, [and] my dermatologist suggested using the lotion first to leave a layer of moisture. Then use the cream to lock all the moisture in. It only took three days to get my diabetic legs soft and supple again." — Elizabeth J Pierro

"Fantastic. My allergist recommended CeraVe, and I gave it a try. Once applied, you hardly know it is there. Unlike most lotions, my skin still feels good many hours after application." — Donald Granger

Lightweight and Fresh Scented

Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Body Lotion
Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Body Lotion $35

From the People"I have the rum body wash as well. Individually these are great, but I just love them together. They have a gorgeous fresh scent, and the body lotion makes my skin feel silky soft and hydrated. Worth the money." — SammyV

"This is a lightweight moisturizer but the smell has real staying power—it absorbs easily, and I use [it] to supplement my normal moisturizer. A luxurious product which would make a great gift for a discerning friend, male or female. Would recommend to anyone." — Sarah G

Whipped Hydration

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter $36

From the People: "This lotion is so great. It feels like it melts into your skin and turns into an oil. It made all of my dry skin go away. I use it every night." — rrthrash1988

"I've tried various body lotions, creams, butters, organic, synthetic, with all the buzzwords, but none have ever come close to this. It spreads easily and requires very little to work wonders. Even after the very first use, I knew I made the right decision. It is scented, but it's very subtle." — DireKitten

Fast-drying Body Oil

Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil $115

From the People: "A very hydrating oil, and the fragrance is wonderful. Can get dressed immediately after application." — rous

"I received a sample of this and I have totally fallen in love; it literally melts into skin and the smell is absolutely heavenly; it really lasts on your skin. However, I cannot justify the price as it is a lot of money for a body oil. But if I won the lottery I would have bottles in all of my bathrooms." — Nic88

Smoothing Body Cream

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream $45

From the People: "I was hesitant to buy this because of the price tag. The smell is amazing and not overpowering. The way this lotion sinks in is what I love. No greasy feeling. You can put your clothes on immediately. My legs have seriously never been softer. It is amazing!" — JMSD

"I bought this product on a whim (mostly for giggles), but I'm officially converted. As a coach, my skin becomes incredibly irritated from wearing leggings and compression shorts for long hours. After a week of using this cream, I've noticed my skin is softer, the little bumps and irritation marks on my legs are gone after years of thinking they will never leave, and the smell is fantastic!" — Street98

On-the-go Moisture with Vitamin A and E

Pevonia Botanica Dry Oil Body Moisturizer
Pevonia Botanica Dry Oil Body Moisturizer $45

From the People: "I love everything about this product! It sprays on evenly and moisturizes my skin without being overly greasy or leaving residue on my hands. My favorite thing about this moisturizer is the scent! It's wonderful, my fiancee always comments that I smell amazing when I have it on. I put in on when my skin is still damp from a shower, a little goes a long way!" — Anonymous reviewer

"Pevonia Botanica Dry Oil Body Moisturizer is the greatest to use when I am in a hurry. It leaves nothing on the skin to affect clothing, yet my skin is smooth and soft. The spray is great and goes where you want. I found it at a spa on vacation in Mexico and loved what it did for my skin. I just love it for the summer." — Anonymous reviewer

For Extra-dry Skin

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter
Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter $33

From the People: "Great moisturizer, especially if someone has dry-dry skin. Love to use this after a shower. My legs never looked so bright and vibrant." — VickaFriday

"I got this for my 18-month-old son whose skin was getting frighteningly dry and scaly from winter air. His shoulders, legs, ribs, back, outer thighs and belly were badly chapped, and I wanted something thick, with no irritants. It works like a miracle. His skin absorbs it so nicely, and it lasts a couple of days. Clinique makes great hypoallergenic products, and I'm glad I found this body butter for my baby." — mamajae

The Eczema-fighter

Vanicream Skin Cream Pump
Pharmaceutical Specialties Vanicream Skin Cream Pump $14

From the People: "My kids and I have eczema, and we all use this moisturizer. It lacks all the irritants of most moisturizers. You also get a lot of product for your money. A little goes a long way." — Anonymous reviewer

"I bought this for my son's eczema to replace the super-expensive Mustela Stelatopia cream. I was looking for a less expensive yet still high-quality alternative. I think this fits the bill. It's thick and creamy, and my son's eczema isn't flared up when we use it. You get a lot of product." — Anonymous reviewer

Silky Serum

Moroccanoil Night Body Serum
Moroccanoil Night Body Serum $62

From the People: "Liquid gold… absolutely divine. My skin has never felt more calm, comfortable, smooth, and moisturized. I'm 55, and my skin feels extremely itchy and uncomfortable in the fall and winter months, so I use body butters and body oils exclusively. Never in my life have I used a product that compares to this. Very lightly scented and my skin just glows. It's pricey but it's EXCEPTIONAL!" — llehsaeS

"I've been using this for the past month and I love love love it. I've never used a body serum before but will continue buying it. The texture is thick/smooth, the smell is great, and I love the brightening properties." — shannyrouss

Smooth and Unscented

Alpha Skincare Renewal Body Lotion 12% Glycolic AHA
Alpha Skincare Renewal Body Lotion 12% Glycolic AHA $22

From the People: "I use body lotion daily, and recently decided to upgrade from my usual drugstore brand. I'm so happy I did. This lotion has kept my skin very moisturized and helps smooth out the little bumps I sometimes get on the back of my arms. I also love how it's unscented, and it's easy to get out of the bottle. I will continue to use this daily." — Elle

"Wish I could give more stars! Excellent product. Excellent texture. Absorbs easily. Results after first use. Skin is so noticeably softer. Works well on skin bumps and Keratosis pilaris. Super product. Hope the 12% is around for a long long time. I'm a big fan of Alpha products." — Anonymous reviewer

 Spa-like Hydration

REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Toning Body Oil
REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Toning Body Oil $52

From the People: "So amazing. I'm normally not a huge fan of oils, but this one is great. It absorbs well, and I find it does help my muscles feel a bit relaxed (although that could be from rubbing it in to apply). The scent is light and spa-like, and a little goes a long way. I will be purchasing again for sure!" — xEMx


Chantecaille Retinol Body Treatment
Chantecaille Retinol Body Treatment $102

From the People: "When hand lotion was not available, I bought this to use instead because of the retinol content. Amazingly it was superb. A very light cream that was non-greasy and instantly absorbed, my hands felt smooth and soft and the effect lasted for hours. Better than the original hand cream in my opinion! A very little goes a very long way so well worth the outlay. I'm also sure it would be just as effective if used as intended but would be less cost-effective if used extensively as a body cream." — Angela

"Yes, it is pricey, however, it is a 200ml bottle, and a little goes a long way! Beautifully light, lovely subtle scent, absorbs super quickly into the skin and leaves skin soft and hydrated. I use it every day and would happily re-purchase." — LinC27

All-over Moisture

Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver
Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver $48

From the People: "This moisturizer is pricier than what I am used to, but it's worth every penny. And a little goes a long way, so it lasts me more than a month. I use this as my daily facial moisturizer for morning and night. I have eczema, and it's hard to find creams that moisturize, hydrate, and last longer than a few hours. But this product does exactly what it says: It's a DRY SKIN SAVER. I love it!" — JAMIEMAY24

"One of the best lotions I've tried. I love that this is unscented. I hate when lotion scents compete with perfume. I live in a mostly arid climate, at altitude, and I've always had really dry skin and difficulty finding a lotion that can hold up. This lotion lasts all day without being heavy or greasy. So happy I found this!" — heb12

A Year-Round Essential

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream Head-To-Toe-Hydration
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream Head-To-Toe-Hydration $16 $13

From the People: "So, I work at a restaurant which means constant cleaning and using chemicals and other gross stuff that made my hands extremely dry and broke the skin, and just awful. This little gem healed my hands after a day! Couldn't believe it! My fingers used to hurt so much that I couldn't even tie my shoes! And now, like magic. I AM A BELIEVER! Thank you, Yu-Be!" — Anonymous reviewer

"Small tube that packs a punch. First received as a gift and it lasted a year. Use it daily on moist skin to lighten brown spots and suspicious moles. Also good on cracked fingertip skin. Faint odor, not greasy, and just great." — Anonymous reviewer

*As of 2019, Dermstore, which previously published Yu-Be product reviews, is no longer available.

The Drugstore Staple

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion $9

From the People: "It's been keeping my eczema in check for quite a while now. I know my eczema isn't going to go away, but at least it's now so much more tolerable. I usually apply it right after a shower, which is key. I used to have to apply lotions multiple times a day, but I now just do twice or even sometimes just once a day, and it seems to really keep my skin moisturized for a long time." — Jason

"I have to use lotion on my skin right after I get out of the shower or else my skin will itch. I have used different kinds of lotion over the years and have never found anything to match this. I like that it has no scent & leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not oily or sticky. The secret to using lotion is to always apply it on damp skin. … So far [it] is the best stuff out there!" — HoosierGuy

The Fragrant Body Milk

Ellis Brooklyn Verb Excellent Body Milk
Ellis Brooklyn Verb Excellent Body Milk $55

From the People"I recently received a sample, and was immediately hooked. The scent is both clean and refreshing without being too overpowering—perfect for daytime!" — rbrab

"The scent smells incredible (my boyfriend loves it!), and the lightweight product just melts into my skin. So much more refreshing than a typical moisturizer." — lbr27

Soothing Shea Butter and Colloidal Oatmeal

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Hydra Therapy Lotion
Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Fragrance Free Hydra Therapy Lotion $13

From the People: "I am really loving this lotion! As the weather gets cooler, it has still been hydrating enough for my skin. It does go on a little thick but I love how it absorbs right away without leaving my skin greasy." — Stacy C.

"Instantly fell in love with this product! I’ve dealt with dry, sensitive skin my whole life, and the obnoxiously cold winter weather here in MN only makes things worse. This product provided the “winter weather rescue” I desperately needed. It calmed down my overall redness, dryness, and psoriasis patches. But what impressed me the most is how it significantly improved the keratosis pilaris on my arms. On top of all that, it’s an incredibly affordable price, so it’ll definitely be taking a permanent role in my skin care routine!" — Sara D.

Botanical Balm

Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm
Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm $48

From the People: "This is my absolute go-to body moisturizer in every season. Keeps elbows smooth and the “scalies “ away! I buy it for clients and friends for Christmas and everyone loves it. Smells pleasant but not too strong." — Debra B.

"I am obsessed with this product! A cross between a body oil and moisturizer. Also great for massages!! Super luxurious!" — Karrie L.

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