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The power of a good body wash cannot be understated, so we asked our dry-skinned contributor to road-test a truckload of body washes and come back with a top-ten list of favorites.
Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash
What it is: An oil-free wash formulated with salicylic acid to cleanse oily, acne-prone skin without drying or clogging pores.
What we think: “This stuff became my secret weapon post-workout to keep from getting the dreaded 'backne' or body zits around my jog bra. It works like a charm.”
To buy: NeutrogenaBody Clear Body Wash, $7.79 at walgreens.com
Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash With NutriumMoisture
What it is: A mild cleanser that features a blend of nutrients found naturally in skin, to prevent stripping your body of moisture.
What we think: “I have super dry skin, so I tend to avoid anything that feels ‘squeaky clean.’ This left my skin cleansed— even after a spinning class, so, wow — as well as soft and hydrated for the entire day.”
To buy: Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash with NutriumMoisture, $8.59 at drugstore.com
Caress Tempting Whisper Wild Peony & Red Plum Body Wash
What it is: A totally affordable body wash that softens skin as it cleanses and is infused with a spa-quality scent.
What we think: “I loved that the fragrance was sensual and lush without being too fruity. This became my favorite date-night body wash; It gives me smooth skin with just the right touch of come-hither scent.”
To buy: Caress Tempting Whisper Body Wash, $2.97 at walmart.com
SheaMoisture Argan Oil + Raw Shea Body Wash
What it is: A mild wash packed with a super-hydrating blend of argan oil and raw shea.
What we think: I tend to get an 'ash' cast to my skin if I let it get too dry. This body wash tackled that excessive dryness as I washed. My skin was positively glowing from the inside out and so soft that I could wear layers without itching. I’m in love!”
To buy: SheaMoisture Argan Oil + Raw Shea Body Wash, $7.19 at target.com
Yes to Grapefruit Rejuvenating Body Wash
What it is: Packed with invigorating grapefruit essence, this natural formulation soothes and calms irritated skin.
What we think: “I sometimes hear ‘natural’ body wash and worry that it won’t cleanse, but I was so impressed with this one! It worked on some seriously allergy-prone, dry, itchy skin and calmed it right down, leaving me soft for the rest of the day and well into the next. An added bonus: The scent woke me right up, even without a pre-shower shot of espresso.”
To buy: Yes to Grapefruit Rejuvenating Body Wash, $8.99 at dermstore.com
Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash With Shea Butter
What it is: A creamy concoction packed with shea butter and designed to hydrate all day.
What we think: “I hate when my skin starts to dry out midday, so I was happy this product’s shea butter formula kicked in right away and delivered soft, supple skin from morning shower all the way to bedtime. I kept touching my arm to check, but, nope, no dryness!”
To buy: Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter, $4.49 at drugstore.com
Dial Skin Therapy Replenishing Himalayan Pink Salt Body Wash
What it is: This award-winning body wash hydrates and cleanses with Himalayan pink salt.
What we think: “The smell was positively heavenly, and my skin? WOW, what softness! Who knew something with salt could leave my dry skin so soft and touchably smooth? Not me, but I’m glad I found out!”
To buy: Dial Skin Therapy Replenishing Himalayan Pink Salt Body Wash, $5.79 at walgreens.com
H2O Plus Natural Spring Shower and Bath Gel
What it is: Packed with watercress, aloe and Vitamin E, this gel gently cleanses and features a refreshing scent.
What we think: “I like clean fragrances, and this one has such great, unisex appeal that my boyfriend kept stealing it! I may have to get him his own...or, you know, we’ll just buy more.”
To buy: H2O Plus Natural Spring Shower and Bath Gel, $10 at h2oplus.com
Nourish Organics Coconut & Argan Body Wash
What it is: A repairing, natural body wash that unites hydrating coconut and argan oil for soothing results.
What we think: “The fragrance of this body wash was so inviting and heavenly, but the long-lasting effects on dry, aging skin (think knees, backs of arms, etc.) was unbelievable. Even my elbows looked younger, and the hydrating effects lasted well into the next morning.”
To buy: Nourish Organics Coconut & Argan Body Wash, $9.99 at target.com
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Body Wash
What it is: A coconut-scented body wash that packs in tons of hydration to encourage soothed, moisturized skin post-bathing that lasts all day.
What we think: “The scent is mind-blowing and it really did leave my skin touchably smooth and hydrating all day long. I’ll be back for more.”
To buy: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Body Wash, $3.99 at drugstore.com