Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant

Best lotion for very dry skin

Aquaphor Healing Ointment is marketed as a protectant against dry, cold air for all-over skin moisture and healing. Most users say it works best on very dry skin, including rough patches on the elbows, knees and feet. Its main ingredient, petrolatum, acts as a barrier to protect against moisture loss. Aquaphor also contains glycerin, which attracts moisture to the skin, and bisabolol, an anti-irritant that reduces inflammation. Users say you don't have to use much to get good coverage, and that a single tub of this cream can last for months. That said, this product may be too thick for all-over use during warmer months, but reviewers say this ointment is an excellent option for severely dry skin and other ailments (like eczema).
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CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

Best body lotion

While it's not as intense as Aquaphor, experts say CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is very hydrating. Testers appreciate its lighter-weight formula, saying this lotion soaks into skin quickly, leaving treated areas soft and smooth yet not greasy. Unlike many competitors, CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion works well for all skin types including sensitive, dry and oily. Dermatologists also say that this formula releases moisture over time to work all day.
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AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Body Lotion
AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Body Lotion

Best exfoliating lotion

Experts agree that for best results, skin hydration should be paired with exfoliation. For this reason, many dermatologists recommend a lotion with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids, specifically AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Body Lotion, which contains a high concentration of lactic acid. Users and dermatologists alike praise this lotion for its ability to banish flaky, dry skin and help alleviate the skin condition keratosis pilaris.
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Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion
Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion

Best baby lotion

Though experts say any fragrance- and irritant-free lotion is suitable for children, many point to Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion as the best among those formulated for babies. Experts praise its natural citrus and vanilla scent and its non-greasy, easily absorbed formula. It is also certified vegan, made with organic ingredients, paraben- and perfume-free and deemed to be free of any potentially harmful ingredients by the Environmental Working Group. Though not formulated for especially dry or sensitive skin, Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion is a good option for regular skin types.
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