I run down the best body moisturizers on the market today from cheap to steep. Every moisturizer here has passed with high marks the exacting standards of the best makeup artists, beauty editors and dermatologists in the business.
You can't go wrong with Cetaphil, Eucerin or Neutrogena moisturizers when you are in your drugstore beauty aisle, but Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is a beauty editor favorite. It's not too thick and leaves skin perfectly moisturized. When looking for a good skin cream, look for glycerin or hyaluronic acid. These pull water to the skin. Petroleum helps skin retain moisture, which is why you want to apply when skin is slightly damp. Price: About $13.50
Moisturizers truly don't get better than this. But be ready to hand over your salary. You won't believe the price tag on this stuff. But there's a reason beauty editors and celebrities swear by this stuff. Stop by a counter at a department store and ask to try a swipe on your hand. It's silky, creamy and fabulous. I tried out a tester around my eyes one month and was surprised at the plumping properties. <p>
Price: $130 on up
A few years ago, I read that Lucy Liu's favorite all-time beauty product is Aquaphor Original Ointment. She stated she rubs it on everything, her lips, her legs and even her face in winter (to keep the wind from chapping her skin). So I had to buy it. In the winter, nothing works like this to keep my legs from shriveling up in the New York wind. It works by keeping the moisture in, while blocking wind, heat and cold from sapping your skin of moisture.
Put some on your feet and sleep in socks and your feet will be super soft. The only downside to Aquaphor is the texture. It can feel like you're slathering your body in Vaseline. A little goes a long way.
Price: $8-$16, depending on size of tub. Buy it online.
For years after I moved to New York I suffered from the most excruciating itchy dry legs. The furnace heat in buildings just sapped my legs of all moisture. I tried some beauty editor favorites, which did the trick (hello giant tub of Aquaphor, see above) but I couldn't stand the feel of it on my legs. It was sticky like Vaseline. Then I found out about natural oils and the benefits of extra virgin coconut oil and safflower oil. I use extra virgin coconut oil (you can cook with it too) in the shower. It's silky, smooth and a little goes a long, long way. Safflower oil is another great after-shower bet and both are great for shaving. <p>
Tip: Try applying oil after you cleanse skin. Then rinse off excess oils. <p>
Price: About $8-$10
Adkins recommends Bliss Naked Body Butter in her wonderful article What Type of Hydrating Moisturizer Should I Choose?