8 body moisturisers made for nourishing dry winter skin
Colder weather warrants a heftier hydrator
Editor / September 22 2023
Humble brag: when it comes to the best body moisturisers for winter, we know our stuff. And if you've arrived here, we're guessing that your summer lotion isn't cutting it in the cold, and that you're in serious need of some of our precious moisturiser-centric wisdom.
Here are the headlines: the richer the better (we're aiming for maximum hydration here), ingredients are important (like, maybe the most important thing to assess), and quick-drying formulas are winter winners (nobody likes standing around feeling like they're turning into an ice sculpture while their moisturiser absorbs).
We won't leave you hanging with just a criteria for the best body moisturisers for winter, though. We've found the exact formulas you need to get your skin through the chill, from velvety shea butter creams to lanolin-loaded lotions. Happy hydrating!
Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
If winter dryness is demanding that you call in the big guns, we advise finding this formula's phone number pronto. An age-old moisturiser rumoured to have once been beloved by Cleopatra, it's also graced the limbs of other luminously hydrated women from Kate Hudson to Lauren Conrad. It's a magical honey, olive oil, and beeswax blend able to soothe/solve anything from razor bumps to insect bites, so handling a bit of regular dehydration is child's play.
$41.99 at Adore Beauty
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Body Cream
Leave it to Charlotte Tilbury to make a fix for flaky skin look chic! This body cream is definitely worth the splurge during winter; it's basically a super silky shortcut to smoother, softer, less-scratchy skin. Hydration may be its major goal, but it also packs a punch in the firming and brightening departments, two areas where winter skin can always use a little extra aid. You can chalk its varied talents up to its mix of magnolia oil, caffeine and damask rose water!
$80 at Charlotte Tilbury
Weleda Skin Food Body Butter
We wonder if our skin breathes an instant sigh of relief upon seeing this exact shade of Weleda green? We know we do! This whipped body butter is like, Elon Musk-level rich, harnessing the hydrating powers of everything from cocoa seed butter to lanolin. It's well aware that winter skin is often dealing with other issues though, so it also comes prepared to soothe any irritation (cheers, chamomile). 10 points to Gryffindor (oops, sorry, we mean Weleda) for the citrus scent, too!
$34.95 at Adore Beauty
Lanolips Lano 101 Dry Skin Super Cream
A cult-fave billed by the brand as a 'tube of glory', this multi-tasking formula is designed to nix dryness across the entire body (arms, feet, face, you name it!). It comes packed with a heftily hydrating trio of sweet almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, but its 'seriously moisturising' status stems from the triple lanolin on the menu. It's a tiny bit more on the slower-drying side, but we promise the (slight) wait will be worth it.
$18.95 at Adore Beauty
Dermal Therapy Very Dry Skin Cream
This is the type of packaging we like to see! When we're trolling the aisles trying to pretend we're not having to itch our dry skin 10 times a minute, we don't exactly have the strength to decode fancy names and subtle hints. This tub makes it simple. In fact, here's a direct quote from us first spying it: "hey, we have very dry skin!" That's how the love affair starts; it'll end with calm, comfortable skin that no longer fits the 'very dry' bill at all (but keeps the emollient-rich cream on-hand in case of any future flare-ups).
$17.99 at Amazon
L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream
Having 'ultra rich' in the name is a major green flag when it comes to winter body care, and this highly-concentrated cream lives up to its lofty promises. How? Said sky-high concentration just so happens to be of silky shea butter, an ingredient with the power to take limbs from scaly to silky in mere days. And while it's off the charts in the 'thick' and 'rich' columns, the formula still falls under 'non-greasy'. Phew!
$64 at Adore Beauty
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
If you're dealing with distress as well as general dehydration (hi, eczema-prone pals), this one's for you. Specifically designed to offer relief to sensitivity-prone skin types (who tend to suffer the most during the winter weather), it's all about repairing the moisture barrier, building the skin's strength back up, and leaving it looking and feeling far better than it found it. Like, your skin may just be mistaken for healthy and hydrated! In winter! Magic.
$68 at The Iconic
JERGENS Ultra Healing Hand & Body Cream
Picture this: it’s the dead of winter and your skin is trying to turn… reptilian. Let’s save the audible gasps for the results once you see your skin after using the JERGENS Ultra Healing Hand & Body Cream. As the name suggests, you can slather this plant-based, vitamin infused cream across your hands as well as your body. The non-greasy formula promises to deliver relief to itchy flaky skin (exactly what you’re after) and it’s in an easy to apply squeezy tube!
$6.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Delaney Loane is BEAUTYcrew's Editor (and resident cateye connoisseur). An expert in everything from sensitive skin solutions to lip oil options that won't leave your hair permanently attached to your face, her words have also appeared across mastheads such as ELLE and marie claire.