When it comes to skin care, your mind probably jumps straight to your face. After all, there's an infinite number of steps and products you can include in your routine: cleansers, moisturizers, toners, spot treatments, you name it. However, this face focus makes it easy to forget about the rest of your skin (guilty over here). Taking care of your skin with an in-shower body lotion or an after-shower formula keeps it feeling healthy, soft, and smooth.
The body lotion you choose depends on personal preference. In-shower formulas are used like body wash, so you'll rinse it off (they're big time-savers, IMO). Wet skin formulas are used on — you guessed it — wet skin, and absorb into damp skin. Your third option is a regular body lotion, but using any product post-shower helps it also absorb better (similar to formulas designed specifically for wet skin).
Ready to recommit to body moisturizing? There are endless options out there, from budget-friendly to luxe, lighter textures to thick creams, and gradual tanning or SPF formulas. Here are 11 old classics and new favorites to fend off dryness. Once you get into the habit and start seeing results, you'll forget what your skin felt like before.
One of the OGs in the in-shower body lotion game, this rinse-off formula works with the humidity of your shower to hydrate skin.
This cult-classic formula is super rich and nourishing, so it's a great option if you shower at night and have some time to let it sink in after applying it post-shower. Plus, true to the name, it has a heavenly natural cocoa scent.
The formula of this brand-new product activates with the help of water on just-showered skin.
This upscale option includes vitamins C, E and pro vitamin B5 to give your skin an extra boost of TLC. Plus, for a ~fancy~ lotion, it won't break the bank.
If you're looking for a glow-boosting lotion, this gradual tanning options hydrates while building a natural-looking tan.
Another bronzing option, I can attest that this smells more divine than any other tanning formula you've tried, and it leaves skin smooth and soft too. At the end of your shower, turn off the water, apply, and chill for a few minutes before rinsing off.
Although this is technically a body wash, I'm a big fan of anything that takes away a step. This formula cleanses while it hydrates (plus, since it's Aveeno, you can channel your inner Jennifer Aniston).
Though nourishing and effective, full-on skin oils can be intimidating — they tend to get a little messy and takes a while to sink in (if you don't want to stain your clothes, that is). This option blends it with a lotion for an easier application, and it absorbs quickly.
This cream oil is a bit thicker than the Neutrogena option, but it comes with all of the skin-softening benefits that Dove is already known and loved for.
This rinse-off body lotion is formulated with almond oil for skin that needs some serious hydration.
We all know that daily SPF is a smart skincare habit, and it's beneficial for your body as well (especially if you'll be out and about with your skin exposed, or you're fair and burn easily). While actual sunscreen on your body takes the cake if you're spending a bunch of time in the sun, this formula is an everyday protection option that feels more like a lotion than a sticky sunblock.