11 Body Creams, Lotions, And Balms For Every Skin Concern

From soothing and smoothing to toning and tightening, we’re rounding up our favorite creams, lotions, and balms for the skin below the neck.
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Written by Meg Storm
01.08.2021
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

All products featured are independently selected by our editors, however, AEDIT may receive a commission on items purchased through our links.

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MEG STORMis the editorial director at AEDIT.

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