If you're prone to dryness, irritation, itchiness, or eczema, you probably already know how big of an impact the right (or wrong) body wash can have on your skin. That's why it's so important to do your research before bringing any new products into the shower. So, when shopping for the best shower gels for dry skin, look for a formula that's sulfate-free and enriched with moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid — or better yet, barrier-strengthening ceramides, which may be able to prevent your skin from becoming dry over the long-term.
Other bathing advice for people who have dry skin? Rebecca Baxt, a board-certified dermatologist — with whom Bustle spoke for this article — suggests keeping your shower water from getting too hot (no matter how great it feels!), and immediately applying moisturizer after you step out of the shower, while your skin is still damp. "It's all about staying ahead to keep your skin barrier protected, before it cracks," she says.
With that in mind, scroll on to shop five of the best body washes for dry skin, ahead — all of which cost $20 or less, and are conveniently available on Amazon.
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