There are a myriad of non-toxic body lotion options on the market, but finding one that dries quickly, doesn't feel greasy, and keeps skin feeling hydrated all day is another story. Here's are the best lotions for insatiably dry skin.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
The most common culprits in body lotions are synthetic fragrances and shelf-stabilizing preservatives. Synthetic fragrances are often derived from petrochemicals, may contain ingredients cited on the EPA's Hazardous Waste List, and have been linked to everything from cancer and birth defects to hormone disruption and diabetes. (If you want to know more about the hazards of synthetic fragrances, here's a great article.) And don't forget: the beauty industry is largely unregulated (more on that, here). When "fragrance" is listed on your product, it may be a cover for a creative concoction of chemicals that the manufacturer doesn't want you to know about.
Preservatives have also been linked to breast cancer and hormone disruption. The six most concerning shelf-stabilizing ingredients found in lotions are: BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), anything ending in -paraben, DMDM Hydantoin, Retinyl Palmitate, and Triethanolamine (source).
Do your homework and read your labels! (Here's how.) Or, buy your beauty products from a brand you know steers clear of toxic ingredients.
Quick caveat: living in an exceedingly dry climate like Colorado does. not. help. dry skin. As a result, our standards for body lotion are heavily weighted to the moisturizing factor. Our go-to is Nubian Heritage's Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver, which is affordable, has little to no fragrance, and goes on like butter. Winning. The only catch: since it's super thick, it's hard to get the last bit out of the bottle. Wish it came in a jar. (Nubian Heritage folks, are you listening?)
Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver Body Lotion, Nubian Heritage available on Amazon from $10
We also tried... Beautycounter's Body Butter is truly decadent, but it's really pricey at $39 for a 4.4oz jar. Beautycounter's Hydrating Body Lotion is a better price and smells sweet, but it's not as nourishing. Honest Company's Hydrating Lotion didn't feel as hydrating while applying, nor over time.
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