Best Body Wash For Dry Skin
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The 21 Best Body Washes For Dry Winter Skin

Soft, hydrated skin starts in the shower. Ahead, discover the 21 best body washes to help restore and replenish dry skin this winter. 

When it comes to best practices in skincare, it’s essential that your body receive the same love and attention that your face does. We spend countless hours indulging in the latest luxuries for the face, from hydrating mask masks to purifying toners. Now it’s time to focus that attention on the rest of the body. Enter the first step of body care: cleansing. 

Yes, that’s right — your body cleanser matters. As colder temperatures draw near, our skin gets drier and craves an extra bit of moisturization beyond lotions and oils. Finding the perfect body wash is equivalent to finding the ideal hairbrush: Once you find the one that best suits your needs, you’ll notice a transformation. Dr. Annie Chiu, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and founder and director of The Derm Institute in Los Angeles, says, “When you use the right body wash and products, you help your skin by removing pollution buildup, dead skin, and product buildup, and improving lymphatic drainage.” 

This winter, choose a body wash that both detoxes and restores the health of your skin. “By detoxing, you help your skin absorb beneficial products more efficiently. This is especially true  in winter, when our skin thirsts for moisture,” Chiu explains. Chloé Mortaud, cofounder of the luxury French body care line Mademoiselle Provence, recommends washes that contain repairing ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil for optimal hydration. 

Finding a body care ritual that leaves your skin replenished and brings about an overall sense of calm is more important than ever. “It’s all about finding body care that personally works for you and your routine right now. A routine will take care of not only your skin but also your mind and spirit. I call it holistic beauty,” says Mortaud. Ahead, discover the 21 best body washes to restore and replenish dry skin this winter. 

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Best Overall

The latest addition to my own body care regimen, Nécessaire’s The Body Wash is the ultimate in gentleness, making it the perfect candidate for an everyday wash. I use it both in the shower and during a de-stressing evening bath and have had zero skin irritation thus far. Formulated with three of the most luxurious oils, marula, cacay, and meadowfoam, this delicate wash leaves skin feeling brand-new.

nécessaire The Body Wash available at VIOLET GREY for $25.00 BUY NOW
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Best Luxury Buy

Treat yourself to a high-quality, luxurious body wash like Sisley’s Izia Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel. This gel-to-foam formula delicately cleanses skin without drying it out, which is crucial in the colder months as you don’t want your skin to get even drier. After lathering this rich wash on your body, your skin instantly turns silky smooth. Expert advice: Remember that when using body washes (especially with a loofah or towelette), a little bit goes a long way.

HAIR RITUEL BY SISLEY Izia Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel available at Selfridges for $62.00 BUY NOW
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Best For Dry, Sensitive Skin

There’s no question that sensitive skin requires more attention and care. So when choosing a body wash for sensitive skin, it helps to do your research. Farmaesthetics’ Almond Blossom Organic Body Wash is an excellent choice for sensitive skin as it appeases while also delivering a luscious organic bathing experience. Enriched with almond and honey, this formula keeps sensitive skin clean and free of bacteria that may cause irritation or dry patches.

Farmaesthetics Almond Blossom Organic Body Wash available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $45.00 BUY NOW
D.S. & Durga $50.00 BUY NOW
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Best Moisturizing Body Wash

This season is all about hydration. And while products infused with hyaluronic acid, the ultimate hydrator, are a must, you want one that doesn’t completely strip the skin of its essential moisture. D.S. & Durga’s Body Wash is infused with vitamin-rich ingredients like aloe, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, rosemary leaf extract, and argan oil to hydrate and soothe dry skin beyond the shower.

D.S. & Durga Body Wash available at Net-a-Porter for $50.00 BUY NOW
Le Labo $27.00 BUY NOW
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Most Refreshing

There is no better feeling than a refreshing shower, whether it’s a quick morning rinse to reset before starting the day or a long, calming evening shower to help you unwind after a long day. To enhance your shower experience, reach for Le Labo’s Basil Shower Gel. Formulated with citrusy verbena notes and fresh basil, the aroma delivers an immediate energizing boost. It’s also fused with moisturizing rosemary leaf and sesame oils which leave skin feeling fresh and supple. It’s the refresh you never knew you needed.

Le Labo Basil Shower Gel available at Net-a-Porter for $27.00 BUY NOW
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Best For Soothing Skin

The best remedy for dry, dull skin is soothing it with calming products. Sachajuan’s Body Wash in Fresh Lavender is the ultimate skin relaxer. Enriched with Earth Silk Technology, which harnesses natural ingredients to promote smooth, hydrated skin, and a strong aromatherapeutic scent, this formula eases the mind and soothes the skin. For optimal results, continue your body care routine post-shower by using Sachajuan’s Fresh Lavender Body Lotion — a perfect nighttime routine.

Sachajuan Body Wash (Fresh Lavender) available at Net-a-Porter for $44.00 BUY NOW
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Best Body Wash For Extremely Dry Skin

For extremely dry skin types, less is truly more — and Bioderma’s Atoderm Gel Douche is the body wash to try. The creamy, soap-free gentle foaming gel contains zero dyes or other drying agents. Bring this simple yet effective foam into your daily routine and you will instantly notice softer, healthier-looking skin.

BIODERMA Atoderm Shower Gel available at VIOLET GREY for $24.99 BUY NOW
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Mademoiselle Provence - Rose & Peony Bath & Body Wash
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Mademoiselle Provence - Rose & Peony Bath & Body Wash
Mademoiselle Provence
Rose & Peony Bath & Body Wash
$12.20 BUY NOW
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Best For Added Softness

Mademoiselle Provence’s Almond & Orange Blossom Body Wash is a timeless French answer to soothing and softening dry, sensitive skin. “You want to take equal care of your skin and mind this winter, especially with everything that is going on,” says Mortaud, who formulated this gentle and soothing wash. It contains sweet almond oil, a natural moisturizer, and sunflower oil, “which helps your skin maintain its natural protective barrier,” Mortaud explains.

Mademoiselle Provence Rose & Peony Bath & Body Wash available at Mademoiselle Provence for $12.20 BUY NOW
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Babo Botanicals - Sensitive Skin Fragrance-free Hydra Therapy Wash
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Babo Botanicals - Sensitive Skin Fragrance-free Hydra Therapy Wash
Babo Botanicals
Sensitive Skin Fragrance-Free Hydra Therapy Wash
$20.00 BUY NOW
9 /21
Best Natural Body Wash For Dry Skin

When it comes to appeasing dry skin, be mindful of which ingredients are in your body cleansers. Our go-to plant-based formula, Babo Botanicals’ all-natural Hydra Therapy Wash helps restore softness and comfort to dry skin. Natural oat protein protects the skin’s barrier and retains its moisture, while organic calendula leaves skin soothed and nourished. Sometimes the best remedies for dry skin are the simplest.

Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Fragrance-Free Hydra Therapy Wash available at The Detox Market for $20.00 BUY NOW
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Best Skin-Balancing Formula

Because the body-care goal in winter is to detox and nourish, it can be complicated to find a formula that truly does both. Introducing the ultimate balancer, Ouai’s Body Cleanser. Infused with hydrating ingredients like jojoba seed and rosehip oils to nurture the skin for a supple finish, this formula softens the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Infused with lactobacillus ferment, which helps kill bacteria and fosters healthy skin, this body cleanser will leave your skin feeling balanced and velvety soft with each wash.

Ouai Body Cleanser available at Sephora for $56.00 BUY NOW
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Best Anti-Aging Formula

Collagen, an ingredient that will forever be beauty’s obsession, aids in cell regeneration, reverses anti-aging signs, and supports the skin’s overall suppleness. Algenist’s Liquid Collagen Body Mylk was designed using cold-pressed technology to ensure optimal efficacy. Formulated with the brand’s patented active vegan collagen, alguronic acid, and lactic acid, this body milk moisturizes and plumps the skin to noticeable effect. Sit back, relax, and let this innovative formula do the work for you.

Algenist Liquid Collagen Body Mylk available at Net-a-Porter for $60.00 BUY NOW
Murad $44.00 BUY NOW
12 /21
Best For Acne-Prone Skin

Treating acne-prone skin in the winter can be tricky due to the drying properties in most acne-based washes. Murad’s Acne Body Wash treats and prevents body breakouts via salicylic acid, which penetrates deep into pores to clear active breakouts. But it’s also infused with green tea and licorice root, which prevents skin from overdrying and leaves it feeling calmed and soothed.

Murad Acne Body Wash available at Murad for $44.00 BUY NOW
13 /21
Best For Reenergizing Skin

Seek energy beyond that first cup of coffee in the morning with Aēsop’s Citrus Melange Body Cleanser. This formula is the perfect way to awaken your senses and add a little pep to your step on those post-daylight-saving, dark winter mornings. Enhanced with citrus-centric ingredients like petitgrain, lemon, and grapefruit rind, this gentle body wash thoroughly cleanses and purifies the skin while also supplementing and nourishing its natural oils.

aesop Citrus Melange Body Cleanser available at Net-a-Porter for $45.00 BUY NOW
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Best For Detoxifying

Believe it or not, dry skin needs a detox too — and you can successfully detox dull skin without drying it. Opt for a clay-based formula like MIO’s Clay Away Detoxifying Body Cleanser, as clay is a natural element that’s been used to heal and restore the skin for centuries. Enriched with three different types of clay — green, cornish, and montmorillonite — this wash helps lift impurities and return hydration to the body.

MIO Clay Away Detoxifying Body Cleanser available at Net-a-Porter for $25.00 BUY NOW
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Best Rose-Scented Wash

Aerin, a beloved luxury lifestyle brand, has an ethos of curating products that encourage us to live beautifully and with little effort. Its Rose de Grasse Body Wash is a simple yet luxurious addition to your body care routine. Meticulously crafted with a fusion of roses — including the iconic hundred-petaled Rose Centifolia, handpicked in France — this body wash is the perfect everyday indulgence.

Aerin Rose De Grasse Body Wash available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $65.00 BUY NOW
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Best Luxury Fragrance

While the goal with a body wash is to enhance the skin’s health and softness, smelling good is also essential. One of our favorites, Hermès’ Un Jardin en Méditerranée Body Shower Gel possesses an aroma that transports you directly to the gardens of Tunisia. “A perfumed expression of a Mediterranean memory, a mosaic of olfactory, visual and tactile sensations,” is how renowned French perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena describes it. Sign us up!

hermès Un Jardin En Méditerranée Body Shower Gel available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $58.00 BUY NOW
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Kiehl’s - Creme De Corps Smoothing Oil-to-foam Body Cleanser
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Kiehl’s - Creme De Corps Smoothing Oil-to-foam Body Cleanser
Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser
$30.00 BUY NOW
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Best Body Wash For Dry, Itchy Skin

When my skin feels extra dry, especially as I get seasonal eczema, I tend to reach for oil-based body washes, since oils instantly provide nourishment and relief for uneven textures. Designed for dryness, dullness, and texture, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-to-Foam Body Cleanser is one of the most effective oil-based cleansers. Enriched with castor oil and grapeseed oil, this formula immediately conditions skin without leaving it feeling weighed down by the oil.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Smoothing Oil-To-Foam Body Cleanser available at Bluemercury for $30.00 BUY NOW
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Apotheke - Charcoal Liquid Soap
Best Body Wash For Dry Skin - Apotheke - Charcoal Liquid Soap
Charcoal Liquid Soap
$22.00 BUY NOW
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Best Charcoal-Based Cleanser

A delicate, natural exfoliant, charcoal thoroughly removes dead skin and impurities without being too harsh on the skin. The Brooklyn-based company Apotheke, founded by Chrissy Fichtl’s passion for soap-making, scent formulation, and essential oils, has formulated the ultimate charcoal-based cleanser. Its plant-based Charcoal Liquid Soap exfoliates the skin via charcoal and moisturizes with cedarwood and sandalwood.

Apotheke Charcoal Liquid Soap available at Apotheke for $22.00 BUY NOW
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Best CBD-Infused Formula

There’s no denying CBD is having a moment, from CBD-infused face serums and masks to fitness creams and bath bombs. When CBD is fused with body care, it acts as the ultimate hydrator and stress reliever. Lab to Beauty’s Brightening Body Wash is enriched with CBD and a hyaluronic blend to boost the skin’s complexion, leaving it with a luminous glow.

LAB TO BEAUTY Brightening Body Wash available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $50.00 BUY NOW
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Best Cream-Based Formula

And finally, a cream-based formula. Cream body washes tend to be the best solution for achieving softer skin. Maison Francis Kurkdijan’s Shower Cream leaves the skin looking and feeling flawless. To enhance your overall experience, indulge in Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose Body Oil post-shower. Says Chiu, “A few drops of this body oil combines the antioxidant effects of argan oil and softens and hydrates the skin with sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil.”

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN PARIS Shower Cream available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $60.00 BUY NOW
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Best Gel Cleanser

Gel-based formulas are a nice, neutral place to start if you feel overwhelmed with where to begin. Though lightweight, they provide a thorough cleanse, leaving skin sleek, soft, and clean — what more could we want? Indulge in Chanel’s iconic Chance scent with this gel-based iteration. Its rich, conditioning formula lightly lathers the skin and creates a subtle, lasting aroma.

Chanel Chance Body Cleanse available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $55.00 BUY NOW
About the Author
Adrienne Faurote is a contributor at Editorialist covering all things fashion and beauty. After studying Fashion Design at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York, Adrienne then moved on to become the Fashion Market Editor at Marie Claire Magazine for over 5 years. When she's not covering the season's must-have fashion trends or reviewing the latest beauty fads, you'll find her trying popular boutique fitness and wellness trends.
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