Our Top Moisturising Body Lotions & Balms For Dry Winter Skin
As we are heading into winter, using rich and moisturising body lotions is essential to keep our skin smooth, soft and hydrated during the cooler months.
According to, Estee Lauder’s National Education Manager Rogers, our skin is exposed to extreme temperatures of cold weather and indoor heating during the winter months can cause the skin’s moisture levels to deplete and not just on the face, but body skin too. Which in turn leaves a dry, rough and sometimes uncomfortable texture to the skin. Rogers continues to say “it’s essential to include a body moisturiser as part of your daily ritual after showering”.
Leading Australian Dermatologist Dr Shyamalar explains, “Changes in humidity and temperature result in less moisture in the atmosphere. We also produce fewer ceramides, the glue in between our skin cells, thereby compromising our skin barrier”. Dr Shyamalar recommends taking shorter showers at tepid temperatures and that we pat dry and apply a good emollient moisturiser whilst the skin is slightly damp for optimal absorption.
To keep your winter body silky, smooth and soft, we’ve rounded up some of the most hydrating and moisturising body lotions and balms to tackle the dreaded dry winter skin;
endota spa organics Signature Blend hand & Body Lotion
This aromatic and all-organic hand and body lotion is infused with the relaxing essential oils synonymous with endota spa. It smells divine with notes of bergamot and ylang-ylang for an uplifting aromatherapy experience. The formula also contains shea butter for intense hydration for dry winter skin.
Medik8 Nourishing Body Cream
This intensely hydrating moisturise Nourishing Body Cream (previously known as Hydr8 Body) is a deeply hydrating body lotion to transform dry, dehydrated skin. The formula also helps to improve skin tone and elasticity, smoothing dry, rough patches while restoring the skin’s natural protective barrier. It’s fast-absorbing and non-greasy, this rich body moisturiser is perfect for daily use post-shower to keep skin soft and silky.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing Body Treatment
This legendary fast-absorbing moisturising treatment saturates deeply and moisturises intensely. Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe skin, Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant became an instant and overwhelming success and helps to reverse skin dryness and flaking. With a combination of petrolatum and vitamin E, this all-time-favourite apricot coloured balm is a must for dry winter hands.
Aerin Amber Musk Body Cream
IS CLINICAL Youth Body Serum 200ml
This refreshing lightweight serum mist is much more than a moisturiser. It gently absorbs into the skin providing powerful hydration and antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors. The purest form of Hyaluronic Acid, potent extracts of Watermelon, Blue-Micro Algae, Licorice Root and Holy Herb, are combined with essential Vitamin B5, and Extremozymes.
Grown Alchemist Body Cream Mandarin, Rosemary Leaf 500ml
A deeply hydrating body cream formulated with potent bioactive ingredients that noticeably nourish, moisturise and soothe dry skin and visibly restore skin elasticity. The formula contains the aromatic scents of mandarin and rosemary to leave you feeling refreshed and smelling divine.
Mukti Organics Botanique Hand & Body Lotion 500ml
The Botanique Hand & Body Lotion contains antioxidant rich oils blended with Shea Butter and infused with soothing Aloe Vera and hydrating native extracts of Kakadu Plum to leave your skin feeling supple, smooth and deeply hydrated. It’s gently scented with delicious extracts of vanilla, pink grapefruit, geranium and ginger (Read our interview with MUKTI).
Synergie Skin B-juvEnate
Synergie Skin’s B-juvEnate is to increase hydration including Marula Oil, an essential fatty acid and nourishing botanical oil that deeply hydrates the skin and reduces redness while nourishing, healing, moisturising and improving overall skin elasticity.
Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Body Replenish
Head to toe hydration in a jar! This formula will will leave your skin hydrated and super smooth with its breakthrough body moisturiser. It also prevents future moisture loss and can be applied daily on towel-dried skin after showering or bathing.
Jurlique Restoring Body Lotion Lemon, Geranium and Clary Sage
Kiehl’s Crème de Corps 500ml
Moisturise dry skin with this rich, non-greasy body lotion. Made with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene, it leaves skin silky soft. Enriched with Cocoa Butter, which melts at body temperature, Squalane and Beta-Carotene, the lotion is perfect for all skin types, particularly dry winter skin.
PMD Clean Body
Clemence Organics Ultimate Hand + Body Lotion
Formulated with certified organic lavender and Rosehip oil this lotion promises increasing skin elasticity, balancing skin tone and a richly moisturised complexion. It also contains jojoba for long-lasting moisture and Aloe vera to absorb quickly, leaving skin feeling soft and hydrated without any greasy residue.
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel
Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel has the moisturising benefits of an oil with the light and easy application of a gel. Unlike traditional water-based creams, lotions and body butters that tend to evaporate straight from the skin, Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel allows the product to absorb quickly into the skin leaving the skin feeling immediately nourished and moisturised.
WELEDA Skin Food Light, 75ml
Skin Food Light is a rich but quickly-absorbed lotion. It combines organic sunflower oil with skin-calming extracts of pansy, chamomile and calendula leaving the skin moisturised and regenerates the skin’s own protective barrier, protecting it from drying out.
COSRX Oil Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion, 100ml
A lightweight daily moisturiser recommended for both morning- and night-time routine. Made up of birch sap, which is a natural skin-friendly ingredient for sensitive, irritated skin the product is quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving any greasy residue, which makes it perfect for anyone with oily and combination skin.
Aspect Pigment Punch Body
Want to hydrate your skin but also tackle dark spots? Aspect Pigment Punch Body’s key ingredients include Tyrostat-11™ (Rumex Occidentalis and L-Ascorbic Acid) -a powerful complex including Vitamin C to help illuminate and even out skin tone.
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Sensitive Cream
An extra-gentle formula that’s formulated especially for sensitive skin, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Sensitive Cream is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, and is made from 98% naturally-derived ingredients. It hydrates, softens and brightens and helps to improve skin elasticity and plumpness.
BreezeBalm Honest Hydration Naked Body Cream
This ultra-hydrating, fragrance-free formula was established in 1985 including a unique blend of minimal ingredients which rapidly moisturises and deeply soothes dry and sensitive skin, leaving it feeling soft, hydrated and radiant. Dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, it’s gentle on skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Arbonne® Botaniques Coconut Body Lotion
This sweet, coconut lotion nourishes and smoothes skin with Sustainable Shea Butter, Sesame Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and antioxidant Vitamin E. The lightweight, non-greasy body lotion formula promises to leave the skin looking soft, supple and radiant. It’s delicately scented with coconut fragrance derived from natural botanicals and essential oils.
Santa Maria Novella Idrasol Cream 250ml
WELEDA Skin Food Body Butter
Sisley Black Rose Beautifying Emulsion
Ella Bachè Source Moisturising Body Cream
Smooth, soothing, moisturising body cream which drenches the body in intense moisture and nourishment, leaving it velvet-soft. This rich and protective cream provides skin revitalising moisture for the entire body. Perfect for daily use, it restores moisture levels to even the driest skin.
MINENSSEY BODY LOTION 100% Essential Oils
Minenssey Body Lotion is an enriched botanical body lotion formulated from the earth with an invigorating blend of essential oils to deliver smooth and supple skin. Its aroma is inspired by sweet spring Australian gardens, rich with notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.
AMPERNA Lightweight Soothing + Emulsion
This award-winning lightweight cationic moisturiser contains a probiotic, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and emollients to help nourish the skin and protect it from free radical damage. It absorbs deeply into your skin rather than leaving an oily or shiny film.
Dermal Therapy Very Dry Skin Lotion
Dermal Therapy’s Very Dry Skin Lotion provides optimum hydration and protection for dry and cracked skin and creates a 24 hour moisture lock. Containing a non-greasy formula that removes dead skin cells and is fast-absorbing, this clinically tested formula is an ideal everyday body moisturiser.
Lucas Papaw Ointment 200g
Function of Beauty Customised Body Lotion
It’s not every day you get to customise your own body lotion according to your skin moisture level, and aesthetic preferences (including colour + fragrance) but Function of Beauty lets you do just that. Individually formulated this vegan, cruelty- and gluten-free formula easily absorbs onto your skin and can be either fragrance-free or scented based on your preferences. We opted for a light purple lotion with a lavender scent!