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Considering our skin is our biggest organ, we should probably give it a little more love than just slapping on any ol’ moisturizer whenever we remember, no? For this reason, we’re taking a cue from TikTok and looking for body lotions that include the most hydrating ingredients available, plus a little something extra—you know, so we start treating our bodies with the same kind of love as we do our face. Turns out, those ingredients can all be found in Gold Bond Lotions. Yes, Gold Bond. Read more to find which one is right for you.
What Ingredients Hydrate Skin Most?
Experts agree that you should reach for a body lotion that is devoid of drying alcohols and contains one of the below hydrating ingredients (or ideally, a combination of them). This will help increase your skin’s water content while also repairing its barrier to ward off itchiness, redness and flakes. Here are the main players.
- Emollients: This is an ingredient that’s used to make skin smoother and softer by filling in the gaps and cracks in your skin. Emollients prevent moisture loss and can be found in everything from oils to butters.
- Humectants: These actually attract water to the skin, increasing its overall moisture content. Look for them in form of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and alpha hydroxy acids.
- Ceramides: These fats (or lipids) are found in our cells and help restore the skin’s natural barrier, which is responsible for protecting us from things like pollution and bacteria. Lipids deplete as we age, but can be synthetically manufactured for use in skincare products to reinforce our natural production of them, so skin feels smoother, plumper and more hydrated.
- Occlusives: Once you restore all that hydration, you’re going to want something that keeps it all in. Occlusives do just that, thanks to their waxy or oily nature (i.e. petrolatum or cocoa butter) that sit on top of the skin, creating a barrier to prevent further moisture loss.
What Is the Best Body Lotion for Aging Skin?
As we age, we typically spend more time indoors, where heat and air conditioning can wreak havoc on our epidermis. We also lose oil glands and lipids over time, making our skin feel much dryer, and our cell turnover becomes much slower. If this is a concern, it’s a good idea to find a body lotion that can 1) add some of that hydration back in with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid and 2) help to exfoliate the surface. Gold Bond Age Renew Retinol Overnight Body & Face Lotion and Gold Bond Age Renew Crepe Corrector Body Lotion are two great options.
After testing the Retinol Overnight Body & Face Lotion, TikTok creator Brianna Ancheta said, “There are a few things that initially stuck out [to me] and one is that this retinol lotion has seven moisturizers and three vitamins, and it’s also a retinol and peptide complex with no fragrance so it’s super gentle and moisturizing. I instantly felt that shea and cocoa butter, which will help my skin out so much this summer.” Creator Charisma Stevens also sings the praises of the Crepe Corrector Body Lotion explaining that it’s “not sticky or greasy.” A must for the warmer months.
What Is the Best Body Lotion for Dry Skin?
If you have super parched skin, like creator Yaliah Perez, there’s a good chance you’ll be applying lotion often—even in the summer. “Having moisturized and glowing skin helps me feel so much more confident, especially in the summertime,” says Yaliah. That said, while you probably want something that’s lightweight and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy, those with especially dry skin that tends to crack or flake might want to look for thicker formulas, like Gold Bond Radiance Renewal Cream & Lotion, to combat the extra dryness they’re experiencing. The idea is for your moisturizer to serve as a barrier for your skin, keeping it soft, smooth and protecting it against the elements, like sun or cold weather.
What Is the Best Body Lotion for Dull Skin?
Glowing summer skin—doesn’t everyone want that? If you’re looking to brighten up those legs, look for a lotion with vitamin C like Gold Bond Body Bright Daily Body & Face Lotion. Creator Jaz Turner boasts that it’s a staple in her summer glow-up bodycare routine. The highly effective formula helps visibly brighten and smooth skin, while alpha-hydroxy acids and antioxidants reduce imperfections caused by environmental stressors. The best part is this lotion can be used on your body and face, thanks to the lightweight, non-comedogenic formula. Just a quick word to the wise: It may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to use sunscreen.