Not all body creams are created equal. There are so many options, depending on one’s specific skin type and individual concerns. The right body cream will strike a good balance between moisturizing while also delivering key nutrients or ingredients to target problem-specific areas.
At its core, a body cream should provide proper hydration. In the short term, this helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier function to prevent skin irritation, minimize redness and ward off skin infections. Hydration keeps the skin fortified. In the long term, moisturizing makes the skin appear more youthful. Those who don’t moisturize develop wrinkles at faster rates that those who do.
To make the most of your body creams, the best time to apply is immediately after bathing or showering (while you’re still slightly damp) in order to capture and retain the water left on your skin. Also, don’t forget to keep your bathroom door closed while moisturizing to get an added boost of hydration from the increased humidity.
Looking for a versatile body cream that does more? Consider these three.
This lotion is an elegant formulation that contains a high concentration of green tea polyphenol and resveratrol, potent antioxidants that defend against sun damage and premature aging. It also contains hyaluronic acid and skin-repairing agents like ceramides, which protect the skin while keeping it plump and youthful-looking. This is a great product for those seeking a moisturizer with added anti-aging benefits. While not specifically formulated for facial skin, this lotion is lightweight and gentle enough for use on the face and neck. I also like to use it on other sun-exposed parts like my arms and hands for added protection and anti-aging defense (in combination with a body sunscreen, of course).
Caffeine is used in skin care products for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It’s especially popular in targeting cellulite and under-eye puffiness. This caffeine-infused cream by Bliss doubles as a moisturizer and skin-firming agent to deliver smoother and tighter skin. Warm the product in your hands, then gently massage on trouble spots like thighs, buttocks and stomach for 30 seconds. Despite being a thicker cream, this product surprisingly blends nicely and dries quickly. Use in conjunction with exercise and a healthy diet to achieve noticeably diminished cellulite and lumpiness (or dimpling).
A dermatologist favorite! Cetaphil is known to make great products, among which this gentle moisturizer is a standout. This advanced formulation contains ceramides and filaggrin to fortify the skin’s natural barrier. Filaggrin is a skin protein deficient in those with eczema. This product is great for those with sensitive or eczema-prone skin. It provides deep hydration while calming redness, dryness and irritation. It is light and nongreasy (and gentle enough to use on the face). This product is truly versatile—either as a regular moisturizer on normal skin or as a calming cream on persistently dry or itchy patches. If you’re looking for a moisturizer that repairs and rejuvenates, than look no further.