The Winter is never kind to our skin. But the focus tends to go to our facial skincare. Nourishing and protecting against the elements and sharp winter air. While our bodies are covered in clothes and tend to fall onto the back burner and get slightly more neglected and forgotten about. But really, requiring just as much attention. Especially if you suffer from particularly dry skin like me.
Whether we’re in and out of central heating, or jumping into hot showers to warm us up in the morning. It’s that exposure to such contrasting temperatures that really tires the skin in the winter.
I’ve put 5 different brands of drugstore moisturisers to the test, to help keep you on top of your body care this winter. Read on to find out which ones came out on top.
PALMER’S COCONUT OIL BODY LOTION
WITH VITAMIN E. 24 HOUR MOISTURE.
Price £4.19 250ml / 1.7 pence per ml.
If you’ve ever tried Palmer’s Coco Butter Formula Body Lotion then you might have an idea of what to expect from this. However, I was surprised to discover a much runnier and more lotion-like consistency. Quite different to the thick gloopy-ness of the Coco Butter option.
The Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any real stickiness. The bottle claims 24 hour moisture. While this isn’t untrue, there are definitely more nourishing options out there.
The scent of this is something I personally can’t get along with in the winter months. It’s a very strong, quite nutty and rich coconut scent. Very tropical and very summery, it really lingers on the skin. I’m thinking this could be one for the travelling kit.
This is perfect if you’re heading abroad and want something quick, light and summery scented.
GARNIER ULTIMATE BLENDS BODY RESTORING LOTION: HONEY TREASURES
VERY DRY SKIN. NON GREASY. NON STICKY.
Price: £4.49 for 250ml / 1.7 pence per ml.
I could shout from the rooftops about this one. Dare I say ‘holy grail’? I’ve tried a number of the Garnier Ultimate Blends Body Lotions, but this one just blew the others out of the water. Specially formulated for very dry skin, it’s the ‘very’ that makes this so incredible.
Sitting somewhere between a lotion and a cream this is a lovely thick moisturiser. But not so much that it is an effort to apply. It absorbs quickly and lives up to it’s claims to be non greasy and non sticky. And of course, the scent. Honey Treasures. The clue is in the name, but this smells delicious.
If you have uncomfortable skin all over and want something that’s quick to apply daily and incredibly nourishing. That also comes in a no-nonsense dispenser AND that smells incredible, then look no further.
KIND NATURED COCONUT & MONOI BODY LOTION
FOR NORMAL/DRY SKIN. 97% NATURAL.
Price: £5.99 for 250ml / 2.4 pence per ml.
Warning: this doesn’t smell like coconut as the name might suggest. This was disappointing for me (floral scents aren’t my thing). But, if you’re after something light, floral and fresh, then this one’s for you.
With a light, lotion like consistency this quickly absorbs into the skin. My only gripe is that a slight tackiness tends to linger on the skin slightly longer than other options.
Containing 97% natural ingredients is a win for this one, so if you’re into your natural skincare it’s worth checking out.
THE BODY SHOP VINEYARD PEACH BODY BUTTER
HYDRATION FOR DRY SKIN.
Price: £14 for 200ml / 7 pence per ml. Though this beauty is currently half price – you’re welcome!
Peach is having a moment in the beauty world and this body butter is no exception.
I know this isn’t technically drugstore, but it’s not exactly luxury either, sitting somewhere in the middle. If you haven’t tried a Body Shop Body Butter before, (first of all, have you been living under a rock?) they are literally hard, like a butter. An unusual consistency, but it works.
The Body Butter’s are silky smooth to apply and this one leaves the most stunning peachy scent lingering on the skin. It absorbs like a dream, and really is nourishing and gentle on super dry skin.
If you suffer from dried out and patchy skin in the winter, then this truly works wonders.
AVEENO DAILY MOISTURISING LOTION
CLINICALLY PROVEN TO MOISTURISE FOR 24 HOURS. DRY SKIN.
Price £5.69 for 200ml / 2.8 pence per ml.
Minimal smearing and application effort required, this is a dream to apply.The consistency of the Aveeno lotion is somewhere between a lotion and a gel, allowing for quick absorption.
The scent is very subtle and natural, and doesn’t linger on the skin. You could easily pair this with any perfume and not worry about clashing scents.
I had a lot of tightness and dryness on my torso (I think down to a reaction), which was very uncomfortable. A couple of days into using this, it had seriously improved. Not bad for a drugstore moisturiser. The Aveeno Lotion is incredibly kind to the skin and is true quality at a drugstore price.
I’m not recommending this over medicated creams. However, if you suffer from skin troubles, such a eczema then this could really be a soothing and nourishing addition to your normal routine.