These 15 body moisturisers are your dry skin saviours
Lizard skin be gone!
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / June 29 2023
There’s nothing like a set of dry, lizard skin-like stems to remind you of the importance of a good body moisturiser. And we’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but with winter well on the way, all that dehydration is only going to get worse.
From lightweight lotions to oil-based long-wearing hydrators and richly-formulated body creams, when it comes to body moisturisers, there’s a bit of something for everyone. So there’s really no excuse for having skin that’s anything other than silky, smooth and luscious in our opinion.
Here are a collection of new body hydrators, some trusted picks and even a lotion that’s gentle enough for baby skin. Dig in, you dehydrated dolls.
Bangn Body Firming Lotion
Not feeling super confident baring your legs? This firming lotion is like a body moisturiser and skin perfector in one happy yellow tube. It’s packed full of antioxidant-rich ingredients that firm and plump skin, and minimise the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and scarring too. We’re talking a potent blend of circulation and collagen production-boosting green coffee bean extract, soothing and exfoliating pineapple enzyme extract, and aloe vera leaf oil for minimising redness and keeping bacteria at bay. On top of all that, avocado, jojoba seed, sunflower, and virgin coconut oils also help to deeply nourish and moisturise skin.
$48 at MECCA
The Booty Co The Booty Lotion
Travel a little higher than our last inclusion with this booty-specific formulation. Infused with guarana seed extract, this pick helps to encourage circulation, blood flow, collagen and elastin production, while simultaneously firming and moisturisng skin, and minimising the appearance of cellulite. Discover a new level of bootylicious with this butt-plumping formula in your routine.
$59 at The Booty Co
The Body Shop Shea Nourishing Body Butter
Shea butter is a tried and true body moisturiser. Enhance your skin’s hydration levels with this impressive nourishing formula that leaves skin moisturised for up to 72 hours after application. The buttery texture melts on application, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth sans stickiness. Score!
$25 at The Body Shop
Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Treatment with 2% BHA
Skin in need of some extra exfoliation that your standard body scrub can’t fix? This salicylic acid-infused body treatment can be applied to skin on the days you can’t be bothered shaving for an extra dose of skin-smoothing goodness. This stuff buffs away dead skin cells, and softens skin and unwanted texture (see ya later ingrown hairs and keratosis pilaris) to reveal radiant, soft to the touch skin.
was $41 now $32.80 at Paula’s Choice
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream
If you’ve always been a fan of Glow Recipe’s cult Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, your limbs are about to become as baby soft as your face with the brand’s new body offering. Boasting all the same skin-refining and nourishing ingredients – we’re talking hibiscus-derived AHAs, lightweight and creamy watermelon seed butter, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants – this baby pink offering is a welcome addition to any shelfie line-up.
$44 at MECCA
JERGENS Oil-Infused Moisturiser - Hydrating Coconut
Drench your skin in silky softness with a coating of this coconut body moisturiser. it features a nourishing oil blend (heroing both coconut oil and coconut water) to address dehydration and dullness in one hydrating hit. The gentle cooling effect will also be a welcome treat on warmer days!
$11.99 at Priceline
Elizabeth Arden White Tea Gingerlily Body Cream
If it's time to call in the big (AKA sumptuously silky) guns to maximise your moisture levels, there's no formula that'll soften and smooth skin like this one. It's the same melts-into-skin style velvety cream you know and love, but this latest formula features a fresh-but-musky white tea and gingerlily scent, perfect for the chillier months.
$35 at Myer
Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream
Take advantage of the fact that the sun’s taking a break over the cooler months and whip out this AHA-infused bad boy to slough away skin cells, refine texture and amply moisturise dry-looking limbs. Vitamin C keeps skin looking radiant and wards against free radicals, while cupuaçu butter and vitamin-rich cajá help to reinforce the skin barrier, ensuring all that delicious moisture is delivered deep into the epidermis where it’s needed.
$72 at MECCA
Lullaby Heavenly Soft Lotion
Got the kind of sensitive skin that can’t usually handle a lovely scented lotion? No worries. This soothing aloe-infused pick is gentle enough for baby skin and keeps skin hydrated long after application thanks to the addition of nourishing avocado and jojoba oils. You’ll be a sweet-smelling convert in no time.
$42 at Lullaby
FENTY SKIN Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream
Love the refillable nature of the original Fenty Skin Instant Reset Overnight Recovery Gel-Cream? Then you’re probably going to be an uber-fan of the brand’s latest body care release. Enjoy a luxurious blend of Kalahari melon, sorrel, baobab, sunflower, rice bran, coconut and jojoba oils, nourishing tropical butters and extracts, and humectant glycerin for hydration that lasts long after application. Honestly if it gives us the glossy, moisturised skin Rihanna is known for we’ll take it. Slather us up.
$65 at Sephora
CeraVe Moisturising Cream
A personal favourite of ours, this sensitive-skin friendly pick is packed full of CeraVe’s tried and true triple-blend ceramide complex that not only hydrates skin but actually helps to encourage skin’s natural hydration process by up to 200 per cent with continued use. If that isn’t enough of a reason to add this to your post-shower routine, then might we tempt you with a formula that also incorporates hyaluronic acid and multivesicular technology to help maintain hydration levels in the epidermis for up to 24 hours post-application? Because this is it also.
$15.99 at Chemist Warehouse
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait Body Milk
Another great choice for the sensitive-skinned among us, we recommend this pick for replenishing moisture and reinforcing the skin barrier when skin is feeling irritated and is in need of dire soothing. The lightweight milky texture makes this guy a fast-absorber once applied too, which means no more awkward jumping around trying to get into your jeans after you slather yourself in moisturiser. Always a bonus.
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
Ella Baché Water Source Moisturising Body Cream
Dry skin? Get a load of this pick. Packing an intensely rich form of hydration that deeply moisturises, you’d be right to think that this body cream might be one to steer clear of if you’re rushing out the door. But thanks to a lightweight, water-based formula, this hydrator is non-greasy and fast-absorbing. Bye, adding this to cart.
$104 at Adore Beauty
Dr Roebuck's Top Stuff Ultra Hydrating Body Crème
QV Baby Moisturising Cream
If you have really dry, sensitive skin QV Baby Moisturising Cream is a great solution as an everyday moisturiser. Formulated to nourish and hydrate the most vulnerable of skin (it’s eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis-friendly), it’s pH-balanced and free from fragrance, colour, lanolin and propylene glycol.
$15.49 at Chemist Warehouse
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.