Tried and Tested: The Very Best Under-$10 Body Creams for Dry Skin

We road tested a whole bunch of body creams, butters and salves for the ultimate tried-and-tested roundup

Body lotions and creams are an absolute skin-softening essential, especially as the mercury starts to plummet. We asked contributor Jane Johnson to road test a whole bunch of body creams, butters and salves for the ultimate tried-and-tested roundup. Even better? They’re all under $10!

Dial 7-Day Skin Therapy Moisturizing Lotion

Dial 7-Day Skin Therapy Moisturizing Lotion

Walgreens

What it is: A daily body lotion packed with Himalayan pink minerals for a hydrating, non-greasy lotion that absorbs quickly for long-lasting softness that won’t clog pores.

What we think: “I’m suddenly a huge fan of pink minerals. This skin-softening lotion really goes in fast, and my skin was super comfortable all day. It kept it so soft, I didn’t need to reapply after showering that afternoon.”

To buy: Dial 7-Day Skin Therapy Moisturizing Lotion, $4.97 at walgreens.com 

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Body Cream

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Body Cream

target

What it is: A clinically-proven body cream that delivers 24 hours of continuous hydration through a proprietary Natural Shiitake Complex, which fortifies skin, making it stronger and more resilient from the inside out.

What we think: “As someone who is starting to experience the ravages of time (it’s not just marching across my face, evidently), I’m excited by the firming and soothing results of this body cream. My skin feels smoother and definitely less fragile.”

To buy: Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Body Cream, $8.99 at target.com 

Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion

Eucerin repair very dry skin

soap.com

What it is: A rich, fragrance-free moisturizer that provides instant soothing and long-lasting relief for extremely parched skin. It’s amped up with alpha-hydroxy acids to help skin naturally exfoliate while the product penetrates deeply for long-lasting relief.

What we think: “For any of us who have itchy dry skin that can actually crack, this is like calling 911. It sinks in quickly without feeling greasy and leaves a protective shield that keeps everything from itchy sweaters to bad moods from causing stress. Well, maybe not bad moods, but it’s just sooooo good.”

To buy: Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion, $9.99 at soap.com

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Body Butter Infused with Frankincense & Myrrh

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Body Butter Infused with Frankincense & Myrrh

target

What it is: This raw, healing butter infused with ancient healing ingredients strengthens and rejuvenates even the most parched, cracked dry skin, leaving it soothed and healthy.

What we think: “For those of us who get 'ashy’ and suffer from skin so dry it can crack, this is our saving grace. It sinks in quickly and helps relieve the discomfort while it hydrates with lasting results. Tip: Apply it on wet skin just out of the bath air dry for a hydration bonus.”

To buy: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Body Butter Infused with Frankincense & Myrrh, $7.20 at target.com 

Yes to Carrots Daily Moisture Body Lotion

Yes to Carrots Daily Moisture Body Lotion

target

What it is: Packed with beta-carotene from carrots and sweet potatoes, this fan favorite natural moisturizing lotion keeps skin hydrated and happy, head to toe.

What we think: “You’d think with carrots in the name that the scent might be a bit odd, but it’s really delightful, and I’m crazy about the lightweight feel and lasting results. I keep it on my desk and apply all day long. It’s a must-have!”

To buy: Yes to Carrots Daily Moisture Body Lotion, $9.99 at target.com 

Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer

Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer

soap.com

What it is: Fortified with anti-aging benefits, this lotion leaves skin soothed and soft for up to 24 hours, and features a lasting touch of radiant shimmer.

What we think: “I was a little nervous with the word ‘shimmer’ (I love glitter, but I have my limits). This moisturization did not disappoint and the shimmer left behind a gorgeous, golden glow, which turned me into kind of a man magnet, let me tell you. No complaints here!”

To buy: Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer, $4.49 at soap.com 

Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion

Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion

burt's bees

What it is: This long-lasting moisturizer is packed with nourishing natural butters and oils, and delivers amazing results without clogging pores or leaving skin feeling greasy.

What we think: “The scent of this lotion is positively intoxicating (so yummy!) and the results really last all day. I love using it after a nighttime bubble bath. I slather it on wet skin, air dry, and wake the next morning soft and smooth.”

To buy: Burt’s Bees Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuaçu Butters Body Lotion, $8.00 at burtsbees.com

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer

soap.com

What it is: An award-winning skincare savior, this spray sinks in immediately with skin-nourishing benefits that leave skin soft and glowing all day long.

What we think: “Let’s face it: There are some mornings when I just can’t get it together. This spray is perfect for those times, since it sinks in immediately but leaves lasting softness behind all day. It’s also great for the gym!”

To buy: Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, $7.89 at soap.com 

Johnson’s Baby Intense Moisture Cream Dry Skin Relief

Johnsons Baby Intense Moisture Cream

target

What it is: This light lotion might have been designed for little ones, but it works just as well for us grown-ups, sinking in quickly to relieve parched, dry skin without feeling heavy or greasy.

What we think: "Don’t let the weightless feel of this lotion fool you: It left my skin hydrated and silky smooth well into the night without clogging my pores. If it can handle seriously dry skin like mine, it can definitely handle yours."

To buy: Johnson’s Baby Intense Moisture Cream Dry Skin Relief, $4.27 at walmart.com

Avon Moisture Therapy Intense Healing and Repair Skin Protectant Ointment

Aveeno Positively Ageless Skin Strengthening Body Cream

Avon

What it is: A wonder ointment that creates a moisture barrier on skin by locking in hydration.

What we think: “Since I have severely dry skin, winter can be a serious challenge. I love that this creates such soft skin that literally stays smooth and moisturized all day long. No more itchy, dry elbows, heels or other tough-to-treat patches!”

To buy: Avon Moisture Therapy Intense Healing and Repair Skin Protectant Ointment, $6.00 at shop.avon.com

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