Many of us have a love-hate relationship with the end of the year. While we have the holidays to look forward to, there's the change of seasons that fuels the hate side of it all. Maybe it's the bitter windchill, the lack of light past 5 p.m., or the onset of seasonal affective disorder that makes winter such a drag — or, more likely, it's all of the above. Toss
dry skin into the mix, and yeah, you've got a frontrunner for worst time of the year. To be fair, dry skin isn't restricted to cold months, as anyone who suffers from it year-round will be more than happy to tell you. But it does tend to worsen when the weather is chillier and blustery, and it's also harder to treat when you're fighting against the elements. That's why you need to arm yourself with the best heavy-duty body lotions, balms, oils, and even butters to tackle the problem from head-to-toe before spring rolls around. Our top body lotion picks for cold weather season, ahead. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Jergens Vanilla Hand and Body Lotion
Maintaining hydrated skin doesn't have to come at a high cost. Jergens' new lotion is oil-infused, promises 24-hour wear, and smells like vanilla cake.
Vanilla Hand and Body Lotion, $, available at
Target More Lanolips Everywhere Multi-Cream
This balm is in a league of its own for one reason: lanolin, a wool-derived wax that has been known to absorb faster and deeper into skin than other moisturizing agents on the market. Even the most dire skin woes can be healed by this stuff.
Everywhere Multi-Cream, $, available at
Violet Grey More — PAID — Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin™ Deluxe Moisture Body Crème
Sure, words of affirmation are great, but lathering on this velvety-soft body crème is our
love language this season. Infused with cold-pressed hibiscus flower oil to retain moisture, nourishing shea butter to soothe dry spots, and meadow foam oils to soften skin and promote elasticity, this spa-worthy formula deserves permanent residency on your shelf.
Super Healthy Skin™ Deluxe Moisture Body Crème, $, available at
Beauty Pie More Avène Moisturizing Melt-In Balm
As soft as a freshly-washed basket of white linens — and lightly scented like one, too — this gentle formula is lovable for all skin types, including the most sensitive.
Moisturizing Melt-In Balm, $, available at
Birchbox More Bioderma Atoderm Cream
It's French, fragrance-free, and comes with a pump for easy, soothing relief. What more could you ask for?
Atoderm Cream, $, available at
Violet Grey More Sans Ceuticals Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil
Slather your body — face and hair, too! — in this vitamin-packed oil straight out of the shower when your skin is still damp to trap in moisture and keep the bitter cold out, all day long.
Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil, $, available at
Sans Ceuticals More Susanne Kaufmann Rose Oil
Technically you should avoid extra-hot showers to keep your skin happy when it's cold outside, but if you just can't break the habit, pick a luxe body oil to smooth over your skin post-shower to make up for it. The pure rose oil in this formula, sourced from Damascene roses, will make you feel like you're bathing better than a modern-day
Rose Oil, $, available at
Need Supply Co More Buckler's Chapped Skin Remedy
Whether you like to spend your winters locked inside with the heat cranked and a hot cup of tea in hand or bravely hitting the slopes, this all-over balm will repair wind-battered skin no matter where you fall on the dryness spectrum. Chamomile and aloe juice calm irritation, while the calendula and shea butter soothe overnight.
Chapped Skin Remedy, $, available at
Buckler's More Malin + Goetz Vitamin b5 Body Moisturizer
Free from pore-clogging oils, wax, and silicone fillers, this shea butter-and-honey formula is
body moisturizer to pack in every suitcase you own.
Malin + Goetz
Vitamin b5 Body Moisturizer, $, available at
Malin + Goetz More Burts Bees Burt's Bees Hand Salve
Salves are the unsung hero of body care: They pack a major punch of hydration where you
need it, like the backs of your arms, hands, elbows, and knees. This purse-friendly tin will keep your driest patches soft in a pinch.
Hand Salve, $, available at
Target More Aesop Resolute Hydrating Body Balm
Wheat germ — yes, wheat germ — is the hero ingredient in this skin-soothing formula, which hydrates, relieves irritation, and promises to calm eczema, too. It's just the icing on the cake that the packaging looks great in an Instagram.
Resolute Hydrating Body Balm 120ml, $, available at
SkinStore More Vanicream Moisturizing Cream Skin Cream
It might not be the
sexiest tube of lotion
, but it
one of the most universally beloved for sensitive skin. This no-frills moisturizer rehydrates without oils, dyes, or added fragrances, so you never have to worry about your body care making those skin flare-ups even worse.
Moisturizing Cream Skin Cream, $, available at
Target More Meant The Absolute Balm
But if you're trying to fit your aesthetic while simultaneously easing itchy, dry skin, here's your solution: This multi-purpose balm uses coconut, monoi, and argan oils to quickly absorb into skin so you might look — and smell — like you belong in a tropical paradise... not in a blizzard.
The Absolute Balm, $, available at
Meant More La Roche-Posay Lipikar Eczema Soothing Relief Cream
If you have eczema-prone skin, this one's for you: Fragrance-free and lighter than a feather, this simple cream keeps dry skin at bay and calms flare-ups on contact.
Lipikar Eczema Soothing Relief Cream, $, available at
DermStore More Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream
Since winter seems to be the longest season of 'em all, it's helpful to look for a body product that doesn't just soothe dry patches in a quick pinch, but keeps you hydrated in the long run. We know this emollient cream was originally formulated for infants and diaper rush, but it's just as good for an adult's scaly elbows and arms. Even better, it includes AHAs so your roughest spots are smooth in just a few uses.
Stelatopia Emollient Cream, $, available at
DermStore More Glytone Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream
Sometimes you have to treat your elbows and heels to some extra T.L.C. — especially when Mother Nature has restricted your
to anything bulky and tight. Treat your calloused patches with this heavy-duty cream that is as exfoliating as it is softening.
Ultra Softening Heel and Elbow Cream, $, available at
DermStore More Naturopathica Deep Forest Bath & Body Oil
When you want to smell like that mom-and-pop cabin in the Catskills, but don't have the spare budget to make the trip, smooth on this woodsy-scented body oil. Yes, it's deeply moisturizing, relieves irritated skin, and doesn't leave you slick and greasy, but it also smells exactly like it would if you were hiking Kaaterskill Falls and not stuck in the office forced to inhale your coworker's leftover takeout.
Deep Forest Bath & Body Oil, $, available at
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