There is a lotion and potion to take care of just about any skin concern your face may be, well, facing. But what about your body? The skin below the neck can experience bumps (acne and otherwise), dryness, dullness, uneven tone and texture, age spots, and laxity — in addition to diagnosable skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, and more. A few tweaks to your body care routine can address many of them.
There are a growing number of body lotions, creams, and balms that can treat more targeted skin concerns. Packed with complexion-perfecting ingredients like vitamin E, alpha-hydroxy acids, cannabidiol (CBD), and niacinamide (to name a few), these formulas go above and beyond providing the basic moisture our limbs undoubtedly crave. Here, we’re rounding up 11 of our favorites for everything from soothing and smoothing to toning and tightening.
For Smoothing & Soothing: Melach 33 Luxe CBD Body Butter
What happens when you combine nourishing Dead Sea minerals with 1,000 milligrams of full spectrum CBD? You get this skin-soothing and muscle-relaxing formula that absorbs instantly and is also packed with moisturizing powerhouses (i.e. shea butter and sweet almond oil) and antioxidants (think: vitamin E, grade seed, and pomegranate seed oil). $74, melach33.com
For the Naturalist: Kate McLeod Grounding Stone
There is no better example of skincare as self-care than this serene stone. With just five core ingredients (cocoa butter and almond, apricot kernel, avocado, and coconut oils), this solid moisturizer melts on contact for a luxurious lather. Vetiver and bergamot, meanwhile, provide an energizing aroma. $38, katemcleod.com
For A.M. Moisture: Flamingo Daily Moisturizing Lotion
A little goes a long way with this budget-friendly formula. Squalene provides up to 24 hours of hydration, while willow bark and papaya extract gently slough away dead skin cells for brighter limbs. The best part? It practically absorbs on contact, so you don't have to delay getting dressed after applying. $8, shopflamingo.com
For Scrapes & Scratches: DĒAWY Be Calm Burn Balm
Whether your cuticles are shot from all the hand washing or you are dealing with rough patches on your body, this multipurpose healing balm will do the trick. Agran, castor, coconut, and cannabis sativa oil combine forces with shea butter, grapefruit seed extract, and broad spectrum CBD to ease itchiness, flakiness, cracking, and other dry or wounded skin woes. $55, deawy.com
For the Eczema-Prone: La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP + Body Cream
Formulated specifically for eczema-prone skin, this ultra-gentle lotion strengthens the skin barrier that is weakened by inflammatory conditions like atopic dermatitis. Safe for children as young as two weeks old, the non-greasy formula features shea butter, glycerin, and niacinamide to replenish hydration and essential lipid levels. $20, ulta.com
For Keratosis Pilaris: DermaDoctor KP Duty Moisturizing Lotion with 10% AHAs + PHAs
Suitable for keratosis pilaris-prone skin, this formula addressed classic signs of ‘chicken skin’ (think: roughness, dryness, and bumps) on the body, arms, legs, hands, and feet thanks to a combination of hydroxy acids (alpha, beta, and poly) and ceramides to simultaneously exfoliate dead skin cells and fortify the barrier. Pair with sunscreen to protect from any acid-induced sun sensitivity. $38, dermstore.com
For Crepey Skin: Uma Absolute Anti-Aging Body Balm
Don’t let the word ‘balm’ dissuade you, this Ayurveda-inspired formula is lightweight, quick-absorbing, and toning thanks to a nutrient-rich blend of organic ghee, moringa, pomegranate, grapefruit, and ashwagandha. Massage in circular motions to activate the uplifting notes of neroli, jasmine, and sandalwood. $70, umaoils.com
For a Tighter Tush: Maelys B-Tight Lift & Firm Booty Mask
Consider this firming formula to be shapewear without the Spanx. Pink pepperslim and eco slim accelerate the breakdown of dietary fat and fat cells, while guarana plant extract provides smoother (read: less dimpled) skin. Apply a thin layer to the buttocks and thighs for an instant tightening effect. $49, sephora.com
For Concentrated Care: Amlactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream
If you are looking for a concentrated formula to treat rough, bumpy patches of dry skin on the body, this is it. The rich cream, which can be used twice a day, features alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to soften, exfoliate, and restore the skin. Since AHAs can increase sun sensitivity, be sure to wear protective clothing or sunscreen after applying. $9, walmart.com
For Wellbeing: Skinesiology Body & Mind Cream
Enriched with apricot, almond, and jojoba oils, this softening cream is meant to tend to the body and mind. Take the brand's matching quiz to find the right aroma for you (we’re partial to this woody floral) and cultivate a mindful routine that embraces the formula's vibrational botanical ingredients. $45, skinesiologyskincare.com
For Barrier Repair: Mazz Hanna Body Melt
This crystal-infused body balm features a soothing combination of shea butter, natural beeswax, meadowfoam seed oil, and vitamin E to restore the skin barrier and repair damage caused by transepidermal water loss. Use on patches of compromised skin for a targeted treatment or all over for total nourishment. $58, mazzhanna.com
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