Colder weather is on its way, which means hot drinks, cozy sweaters, and for lots of us, dry, itchy skin. While the latter is not something we look forward to, there are some things you can do to keep dry skin at bay. One of the most important things you can do is remain hydrated and protect your skin externally, too—we suggest investing in a good humidifier, hand cream, and gloves, as well as a rich and hydrating body balm. Many balms can be used not only on your body but also on hands, feet, lips, and anywhere else that can get severely dry.
Though there are a lot of balms out there that claim to help dry skin, we saved you the trouble of trial and error and picked our favorites that will actually get you feeling baby-smooth on the coldest days of the year.
The Best Body Balms
1Best for Sensitive SkinIntensive Repair Essential Oil Balm Eucerin Read More
2Best Shea-Butter-BasedRaw Shea Nourish Body Balm Palmer's Read More
3Best Fragrance-FreeMoisturizing Melt-In Balm Eau Thermale Avène Read More
4Best VeganPineapple Haze Sensitive Skin Body Balm Truly Read More
5Best ScentBrazilian Bum Bum Cream Sol de Janeiro Read More
How to Choose a Body Balm
Balm Versus Lotion or Cream
While balms, lotions, and creams will all help moisturize your skin, they are not the same thing. Lotions will offer the lightest coverage. They typically have the highest water content, which means they hydrate your skin but don't really create a barrier. Creams will be a bit thicker, but some still include water. They are most often used on your hands, feet, and face, though you can find full-body creams as well. Balms will be the thickest of all with little to no water content and often an oily, waxy residue. This helps them lock in moisture, and they work best after a bath or shower when your skin already is already moist.
If you have sensitive skin, you will want to make sure that your balm is free of common irritants like fragrances, dyes, and parabens. There are many options out there—including those listed in this article—that are sensitive-skin-friendly, but a good rule of thumb is the fewer ingredients, the better.
How We Selected
To find the best options among the many body balms on the market, we picked s0me top sellers and customer favorites for all different types of skin. We then took into account ingredients, feel, efficacy, scent, and price, as well as researching customer reviews to settle on the body balms you'll find below.
|Active Ingredients||Shea butter, sunflower seed oil, vitamin C|
|Active Ingredients||Shea butter|
|Active Ingredients||Shea, camelina, and safflower oil|
|Active Ingredients||Vitamin E, Jojoba oil, CBD|