Josh Zeichner, associate professor of dermatology and director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. “Vulcanizing agents such as grease form a breathable seal on the skin to trap water and block out environmental aggressors. Humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerin act like sponges to emollients, such as fatty alcohols and natural oils soften the outer layer of skin.” Zeichner also recommends choosing fragrance-free, which is better for sensitive skin.
Zeichner recommends applying body cream twice a day if possible. If you apply it after showering, be sure to apply body lotion within five minutes to help retain moisture. Keep reading for some of the best drugstore body lotions available and why they’re hard to beat.