We’re all about to show a lot more skin as the weather continues to heat up. And the last thing you need is to be sweaty while dealing with dry, itchy skin.
When it comes to dry skin, we tend to think of a cure rather than a hydrating prevention. Instead of turning to lotions and creams to moisturize, start in the shower with one of the best moisturizing body washes. Body washes and bar soaps for dry skin are plentiful — not to mention face washes for dry skin and even cuticle oil — so SPY did the work for you. Here is our roundup of the best moisturizing body washes and bar soaps for dry skin. And the best soaps for dry skin don’t just hydrate; they offer a host of other healing benefits, too.
1. Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash
Formulated specifically for men’s skin, Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash features “micromoisture technology” that activates during the lathering process. Easily rinsed off, all that’s left behind is a crisp scent while your skin is left feeling both clean and hydrated.
2. CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash
BEST DRUGSTORE BODY WASH
Available online and in drugstores everywhere, the CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash can gently cleanse and hydrate even the most sensitive skin. Green also recommends this body wash for sensitive skin, saying it’s fragrance-free and relies on ceramides and hyaluronic acid, two key moisturizing ingredients.
3. Nivea Moisturizing Body Wash
Made with sweet almond oil, Nivea’s moisture-rich body wash offers smooth and soft skin after every use. Developed with NIVEA’s exclusive “Hydra IQ Technology,” skin is left moisturized with no greasy feel. The subtle scent is light and not overpowering.
4. Lumin Clarifying Body Wash
BEST TEA TREE OIL
Though the Lumin Clarifying Body Wash doesn’t slap tea tree all over its branding like other options, tea tree is nonetheless a critical ingredient in this excellent body wash.
Tea tree oil, aloe vera and ceramides work together to moisturize and cleanse your skin and minimize body acne and breakouts, all without stripping your skin of its natural hydration.
5. Method Stay Hydrated Body Wash
Method is a tried-and-true line, and its moisturizing body wash is no different. Perfect for guys who want a body wash that will simultaneously help with their dry skin and leave them smelling like a tropical vacation. Plus, it’s made from a biodegradable formula and is cruelty-free
6. Every Man Jack All-in-One Bar
Every Man Jack’s moisturizing bar soap hits you with the tangerine and mandarin orange essential oils, and then slathers your skin in that luxe, freshly hydrated feel that only a combination of shea butter, aloe vera and glycerin can provide. No wonder they call this the all-over bar — that’s exactly where you’ll want to use it.
7. SheaMoisture Skincare Kit
You don’t have to choose between a moisturizing body wash or a hydrating bar with this three-piece kit. The body wash features fair trade shea butter, African black soap, oats and aloe, while the shea butter bar soap is formulated for dry skin. And the facial cleanser with tea tree oil helps fight oily skin — because we all know sometimes it’s not one or the other when it comes to skin.
8. Eucerin Advanced Cleansing Body and Face Cleanser
BEST FOR BODY AND FACE
It’s never a bad bet to go with anything by Eucerin for sensitive skin. The Eucerin Advanced Cleansing Body and Face Cleanser is so gentle on skin that it’s as suitable for faces as it is for bodies. Multiple users reported how much this body wash helped with their eczema and dry skin in both places. There were a handful of users who experienced irritation with this body wash, so we’d recommend starting with just a little bit of wash and doing a test on your arm before giving yourself the full body treatment.
9. Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
Soap-free and detergent-free, this mild cleaning bar moisturizes skin while restoring its natural protective oils and emollients. Containing five nourishing ingredients in a non-comedogenic formula, this gentle cleansing bar is an ideal solution for those with extra sensitive skin. Can be used on face and body.