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9 Skin-Hydrating Products for Every Preference

Skin-hydrating products for every preference
Design: theSkimm | Image: Foreverist, Supergoop
Sep 20, 2022

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Dry skin, cracked heels, and itchy, healing tattoos? Never the vibe. And with cooler, windier weather on the horizon, keeping your skin moisturized might take a little more effort. Which is why we’ve rounded up some options for every preference and need — from body oil to in-shower lotion to stretch mark cream. Psst…for more suggestions for keeping things hydrated from head to toe, check out our recs here.

A water-activated in-shower lotion that’s ideal for even the driest skin…

It’s made with almond oil to moisturize and hydrate, minus any sticky residue, and designed to keep things hydrated for up to 24 hours. If you’ve got dry or super-dry skin, you’ll want to apply this to wet skin right after you’ve cleansed, rinse it off, and voila — smooth and soft results, here ya come. ($6.37, Amazon)

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Body oil that doubles as an ultra-hydrating sunscreen…

Without leaving you greasy. The lightweight formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and has active ingredients to prevent sunburns and minimize signs of UV damage. If you’re going to be active in the water, the brand recs rubbing one layer in and letting it soak before applying a second layer for the best coverage. ($15+, Supergoop)

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A dry body oil that’ll also help reduce the appearance of scars…

This one’s an HQ’r fave thanks to its subtle scent and non-greasy feel. It’s made with hemp, antioxidant-rich tamanu oil, and apricot seed oil, to provide lasting hydration for all skin types. Spray it directly onto damp or dry skin, spritz your bath water with it, or even use it to give your scalp a soothing massage. ($36, Shikohin

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A water-activated shower oil in four amazing scents…

The lightweight formula is available in golden passionfruit, guava mango, pure cotton, or sea lavender. All ingredients are organic, plant-based, and designed to boost skin benefits like anti-aging, hydration, and more (plus they’re ethically sourced in Greece and support local farmers). Massage one pump into your skin right after cleansing and before drying off for the best results. Psst…customers say that one pump goes a long way — so don’t use too much or it’ll take a while to absorb. ($19, Korres)

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Cocoa butter that’ll tackle your stretch marks…

This one’s a household staple thanks to its formula of pure cocoa butter, shea butter, and argan oil to keep skin hydrated for up to 48 hours. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil, and has been dermatologist-approved. Bathroom fave = check. ($7.59, Amazon)

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An irritant-free, unscented cream you can use all over…

This dermatologist fave can do it all. It’s got hyaluronic acid and ceramides and will make your skin feel like pure butter, sans greasiness or stickiness. We love that you can use this one on your face, body, or hands — so it’ll never go to waste. Just slather this everywhere and be on your merry way. Plus it's noncomedogenic (aka it won’t clog your pores) and hypoallergenic too. ($17.78, Amazon)

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Whipped body butter that’ll give you a full body glow…

This one from Buttah Skin is packed with vitamins A, B, and E and organic unrefined shea butter from Ghana that’ll give you that nourishing, soothing feeling your skin probably craves when the temperatures dip. Massage it all over now. Feel amazing later. ($29, Verishop)

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A tailored tattoo care kit for every stage of healing…

You’ll get a healing cream meant for the first stages of tattoo healing, a hydrating cream perfect for keeping your ink as fresh as possible, and a brightening cream full of SPF to prevent fading from the sun. It’s the perfect trifecta for your best-looking tattoos ever. ($79, Foreverist)

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Foot cream that’ll revive your tired soles…

You might be familiar with O’Keeffe’s popular hand cream for super-dry hands. And if your feet could use a bit of TLC, the brand makes a restorative cream for ’em that also doesn’t disappoint. This one’s a concentrated formula with allantoin — meant to penetrate thicker and rougher skin — that instantly boosts moisture levels, creates a protective layer on your skin’s surface, and prevents further moisture loss. Pro tip: Lather your cream after exfoliating in the shower or after bathing for the best results. ($14.99+, Amazon)

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