With summer on the horizon, hot stuffy days and sweltering temperatures are penciled in for most of us, especially if you live in a warmer state. For those among us with more sensitive skin, that can mean our skin drying out.
Having dry skin can be a nightmarish experience, mostly due to how distracting and irritating the itchiness can get. Besides being itchy, having dry skin can potentially expose you to bacterial infections through the cracks that form on the skin. Dry cracks can even cause bleeding!
Men and women alike are prone to dry skin, especially in environments with low humidity like you get in the summer. Lotions may be a great way to hydrate your skin and keep it from cracking—and they’re essential in your skincare routine.
But you wouldn’t want to miss out on using a hydrating body wash when you jump in the shower. It’s especially great when you only have time for a quick shower or haven’t built a habit of using lotion, because you can ensure you stay hydrated throughout your day!
Luckily for you, dear reader, we’ve come up with an extensive list of the 37 best body washes for dry skin you can buy this 2022. Spoiler—number one is our favorite!
If you aren’t sure what ingredients to look for or what body wash type you need, scroll down to the very bottom for a quick buyer’s guide. Otherwise, you can jump right in.
The absolute peak of the body wash iceberg this 2022 is the unassuming body wash from Blu Atlas. You’ll find the packaging plain, even nondescript—but there’s a direct correlation between the plainness of its packaging and the performance of its formula.
The formulation for Blu Atlas’s product includes green tea, sugar cane, and aloe vera—a star trio of naturally-occurring ingredients that work in tandem to cleanse the pores, retain moisture, cover the skin in a protective layer, soothe and calm irritations and skin issues, and rehydrate the skin. The versatility of this product is astounding, and the combination of gentleness and effectiveness of its formula makes it just as effective for a facial wash or even shampoo.
Most skincare regimens will involve one or more skincare products, maybe even multiple from this list, as skin is a fickle and delicate organ to maintain. Whatever else you decide to purchase, it ought to be in conjunction with Blu Atlas’s body wash. This versatile bottle belongs in every skincare enthusiast’s beauty cabinet.
It’s that good.
2. Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash
Dove’s Go Fresh Cool body wash comes with a cucumber and green tea scent, which is a great scent profile blend that carries connotations of healthiness and cleanliness with it. It also comes with glowing dermatologist recommendations, which is not hard to believe given Dove’s reputation in the industry of personal care and hygiene. This product is also packed with natural oils, making it ideal for restoring them when used in conjunction with a product that dries your skin.
3. Puracy Natural Body Wash
This natural body wash from Puracy comes in three scents, which feature a lot of fancy scent notes that you would otherwise normally find in colognes: bergamot & sandalwood, citrus & sea salt, and coconut & vanilla. Although it comes with iconic and rich fragrances, no concessions are made where the sensitive skin formula is concerned.
The body wash formula is sulfate-free and cruelty-free—attractive to the environmentally-sensitive shopper.
4. Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash
This particular Dove release is soap-free, making it fantastic for people with sensitive skin without sacrificing the fragrances that make most body washes popular. It’s excellent for eczema for this reason as well as psoriasis, as both prevention and remedy. You can use it to prevent skin irritation and you can use it to soothe skin irritation as well. Used consistently over a few days, you’ll see results already.
5. Softsoap Coconut Butter Body Wash
The chief ingredients in Softsoap’s Body Wash are jojoba butter and coconut extract, which act as humectants that aid the skin in retaining moisture. The jojoba and the coconut also lend the product a rich, energizing scent, which is one of the popular selling points for customers.
The product rehydrates, protects, moisturizes, and exfoliates your skin—that’s a lot of bang for your buck! Of course, you will still need an exfoliator to get the best results, but the versatility of this body wash impresses.
6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Body Wash
This soap-free formulation from The Body Shop is also vegan, making it a great choice for socially conscious shoppers. The moisturization is great, it minimizes irritation, and is able to do all that without sacrificing cleaning power. Tea tree is normally drying on the skin, but the formula in this body wash balances it perfectly to leave the natural body oils to flourish on your skin.
Body wash from the Body Shop will always serve you well.
7. Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash
Sebamed’s name is a combination of the word sebaceous, which is a medical term related to natural body oil, and med, as in medicine. Put together, and we know exactly what Sebamed’s products are all about. Its 2-in-1 body wash uses a hypoallergenic formula that’s effective for both dry skin and oily skin, and addresses a host of skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis, by addressing the source of the irritation and reinforcing the protective layers of the skin.
It also comes jampacked with a bevy of vitamins to further support skin health and helps in cellular regeneration when skin is damaged by dryness, surfactants, or even just heat. Sebamed’s body wash comes with just a subtle scent, which makes it great as well for people who like to wear perfume after showering.
8. Betadine Natural Defense Body Wash
While normally famous for a first-aid disinfectant, Betadine is broadening its horizons with the introduction of this naturally-formulated body wash. The body wash features manuka honey and aloe vera gel, meaning the formula is soothing and is great for sensitive skin. The manuka honey also gives it a sweet honey fragrance, which is a gentle yet subtle scent.
9. Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure-Castille Soap
This is one of the 37 best body washes for dry skin in 2022 from Dr. Bronner that is great for both dry skin and acne. The peppermint fragrance is also a welcome departure from the subtler and more muted fragrance-free formulations of the body washes that follow.
Mint is always closely associated with freshness and cleanliness, and it is no exception with this Dr. Bronner body wash. You’ll feel and actually be clean as well, retaining all the important oils that your skin needs to stay healthy!
10. Olay Fresh Outlast Body Wash
As sure as “Outlast” is in this product’s name, this body wash has a softening effect on the skin that lasts all day with a scent that lingers just as long, comparable to a cologne. Impressive longevity!
The moisturizing is excellent and comes in two fragrances: rose and shea butter. Perfect for him and for her!
11. Glytone Mild Gel Wash
This release from Glytone will be a little different from the following entries as it specifically targets acne, as opposed to just skin drying. This product moisturizes well and is also great for controlling oil for people with overly oily skin.
12. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash
Aveeno has a reputation for being a no-frills skincare brand, often featuring products that are unscented but are very effective. Aveeno’s body wash line is no exception to that rule, giving us a body wash that has a clean smell but moisturizes, hydrates, and softens the skin incredibly well.
Aveeno’s product lines cover every possible base you can imagine with skincare, and you can’t go wrong purchasing any of them.
13. Cetaphil, Ultra Gentle Refreshing Body Wash
Cetaphil is famous for its sensitive and hypoallergenic products. This body wash moisturizes your face and carries a clean fresh scent note, the same fresh note that you normally expect from products labeled unscented. This is also a thick product, which is easier to lather with your bare hands than with a washcloth or a pouf.
14. CeraVe, Hydrating Body Wash
CeraVe is a big name in the industry and they are known for creating hypoallergenic and sensitive skin-oriented products, and it features a certification from the National Eczema Association. For people with eczema, you’re looking at a remedy with this CeraVe product.
Fragrance-free, sulfate-free, soap-free, this product is free of everything it should be free of, and it’s everything a person with sensitive skin looks for in a moisturizing body wash. This product also comes a little thick and may take more effort than normal to rinse off.
15. Olay, Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash
A second entry from Olay, this shea butter-focused body wash specifically targets after-shower itching and does a spectacular job of limiting it. It doubles somewhat as a lotion, leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturized for the remainder of the day. Olay has decades of experience in the industry, and they definitely shine in their products on the list.
16. Vanicream, Gentle Body Wash
The description on the back says soap-free, and that might come across as counterproductive in a body wash, but soap washes typically feature harsher ingredients that can strip the skin of its oils and make it vulnerable to bacteria, drying, and irritation. It’s a good idea to look for the soap-free label on a body wash bottle, but it may not be too common.
With Vanicream, the soap-free formula works and it results in a gentle formula that is nonetheless effective. It also creates a rich lather, which is not too common and is often a sacrifice with natural and sensitive cleaners. It also prevents dandruff, which comes from a microbe known as Malassezia.
17. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP+
La Roche-Posay is a French brand that falls under the L’Oreal Group, so this is actually a familiar brand and not a new player. That said, the L’Oreal Group knows its stuff when it comes to skincare and personal hygiene, and it shows with their Lipikar Wash AP+. It’s a thorough cleanser—enough to get off makeup, which is a huge plus for makeup users—but it manages this without drying the skin, which is impressive.
Note that this product is unscented as well.
18. Eucerin Skin Calming Body Wash
This Eucerin entry has “skin-calming” in its name—and it lives up to its name! It advertises omega oils and lipids in its formulation, meant to alleviate irritation and allergy flare-ups. It does this exceptionally well, but it should be noted that this is an oil-based product. It might surprise some if they come out of the shower oily, but this is normal and it’s good for the skin.
19. Nécessaire, The Body Wash Fragrance-Free
Nécessaire’s commitment to clean and sustainable ingredients reflects in this body wash, and it’s a wonderful cocktail of vitamins and other goodies. No sulfates, no fragrances (though it does feature three fragranced versions for the interested, including sandalwood, eucalyptus, and bergamot) or dyes—this product has been carefully formulated to avoid any potential allergenic triggers and irritation.
20. Babo Botanicals Sensitive Skin Hydra Therapy Wash
Babo Botanicals advertises a plant-based formula, and it works wonderfully as a hypoallergenic product. It’s another great product for sensitive skin and revitalizes dry skin just as well. Babo Botanicals also goes the extra mile and is gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free just so they’re sure they’ve covered all bases.
21. HONEST, Soothing Therapy Body Wash
HONEST’s body wash uses a special formula to address eczema. What’s intriguing about this product is that it features a coconut scent when most gentle formulas choose to go unscented because some fragrances can trigger allergies. It’s a bold move by the manufacturer, so people with coconut allergies should tread lightly. Otherwise, it’s a gentle body wash that handles eczema well and leaves a great coconut afterscent.
22. SKINFIX, Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash
This body wash from SKINFIX is another remedy for eczema, and it does that exceptionally well. It’s fragrance-free, as you would expect with gentle products, and it does a stellar job of softening the skin and leaving it smooth.
If you have eczema or even simply just dry skin, this is the relief you’ve been looking for!
23. VMV Hypoallergenics, Essence Skin-Saving Superwash Hair and Body Milk Shampoo
VMV Hypoallergenics focuses on allergy-friendly products, and that applies as well to this two-in-one product that functions as both body wash and shampoo. The very best body washes are gentle enough to be applied to hair, and this VMV Hypoallergenics product is one such body wash. This is another fragrance-free entry, perhaps even a pioneer, as the manufacturer has been producing it for over 30 years.
That kind of longevity is earned through consistent quality and results, so this is a body wash you can’t go wrong with.
24. ALAFFIA, EveryDay Shea Body Wash
ALAFFIA appears on this list with a sulfate-free, cruelty-free product—this one checks all the boxes you’re looking for if you’re following our quick buyer’s guide below. This also comes unscented, which is a design choice by some manufacturers as there as some popular fragrances—such as lavender—that can trigger allergic reactions in a lot of people.
As far as efficiency goes, this body wash is basically medicine. It works that well.
25. Bioderma, Atoderm Face and Body Cleansing Oil
Bioderma gives us a two-in-one product that works for the face as well as it works for the body. With an eye toward sensitivity, Bioderma intended for this product to be a mild cleanser, and it does just that—it also provides relief for people suffering from dry, itching skin.
There’s a nice fresh scent note in here, and it complements the product well.
26. Eucerin, Advanced Cleansing Body and Face Cleanser
This Eucerin product does exactly what it says it does: it also doubles as a face cleanser. If it’s gentle enough for your face, which is the most sensitive part of your skin, it’s definitely gentle enough for the rest of your body. This product is also mostly lather-free, so don’t be surprised when it doesn’t sud quite as much as other body washes.
This product is ideal for people with sensitive skin who are also allergic to dyes in other body wash.
27. Dove, Deep Moisture Instant Foaming Body Wash
Dove is a household name in skincare and personal hygiene, so it’s to be expected that we’ve arrived at their third entry on this list. The Dove brand is particularly known for its focus on products that are gentle on the skin. Dove’s popularity is not unearned, as their products work with great results. This body wash is also made cruelty-free, making it a great pick for conscientious consumers.
28. SheaMoisture, Olive and Green Tea Bubble Bath and Body Wash
SheaMoisture gives us a body wash that runs a little thicker than most body washes we’re used to, but it reveals a hidden benefit. The thickness means you need less product to lather than with other products, meaning a SheaMoisture bottle will last you noticeably longer than other brands. This makes it a great budget buy already. Throw in its hydrating properties, some fragrant essential oils, and it’s easy to see how this one made the list!
29. Nivea, Men Maximum Hydration 3-in-1 Body Wash
Nivea is an industry leader, and it comes as no surprise that a Nivea product appears on this list. This particular body wash comes in three scents: aloe vera, fresh, and aloe-citrus. This body wash is another ideal hydrating body wash for people with dried skin.
Nivea’s body wash also differs from the others on this list by featuring a more powerful scent. It’s strong enough to double as a perfume in a pinch if you happen to have none around you! There are also plenty of scent choices here, which is a generous choice by Nivea.
30. Curél, Skincare Itch Defense Body Wash
Curél’s body wash is ideal for people who suffer from terrible itches, which can be an absolute nightmare. Itches can either come from dry skin or allergies. It does this by addressing the source of the itches, rehydrating and moisturizing dry skin while calming allergies. One great bonus for this product is that it’s gentle enough to be used on babies six months and older.
Look out for the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the bottle as well!
31. Mrs. Meyer, Clean Day Body Wash
This product from Mrs. Meyer comes in two scents: basil and honeysuckle. Both of these are done well with subtle scents that last about the duration of the shower and linger slightly afterward. This Mrs. Meyer product’s claim to fame is that it is a body wash that does not dry skin, and neither does it leave any sort of uncomfortable residue. It holds its own against particularly stubborn grime and is ideal for someone who is constantly outdoors and getting dirty!
32. Alba Botanica, Very Emollient Bath and Shower Gel in French Lavender
For the customer with multiple triggered allergies and generally sensitive skin, Alba Botanica brings us this very thoughtful body wash—with a subtle scent and a modest lather, this is a body wash that tiptoes carefully around a person’s allergenic triggers. Some emollients have a tendency to leave an uncomfortable filmy, slippery layer on the skin. This body wash is an exception.
33. Be-One Organics, Tea Tree Oil Body Wash
Be-One Organics brings us a USDA-certified product, which guarantees that this body wash is 100% organic—ideal for the environmentally-conscious buyer! Organic tea tree oil and organic peppermint oil take center stage in this product, giving us a nice and minty yet subtle scent profile. This makes it another brilliant unisex product. As with organic products, these need to be shaken before use as the ingredients do separate over time.
34. HEMPZ, Pure Herbal Extracts Sensitive Skin Calming Herbal Body Wash
This body wash from HEMPZ features a very pleasant creamy scent note—very clean and unisex. It has some great mileage too since it only takes a little bit to work up a great lather. As another gentle wash, this is also ideal for sufferers of eczema!
35. ATTITUDE, Natural Care Super Leaves Science Shower Gel
Here’s a pleasant pro: this body wash boasts EWG certification! The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization that looks into personal care products to verify whether they’re truly cruelty-free and chemical-free. With a clean lemon leaf scent, it’s a subtle unisex scent that works both for him and for her.
36. Dettol, Sensitive Anti-Bacterial Body Wash
When your skin is particularly fickle and reacts badly to most synthetic ingredients, it’s time to turn to something sensitive and antibacterial. This body wash from Dettol is the best of both worlds, and it’s gentle enough to soothe any ongoing skin issues you might already suffer from while preventing any others from developing. For sufferers of eczema, this is a safe buy.
There’s a light fresh scent note on the body wash as well.
37. Beauty by Earth, Lavender Citrus Body Wash from Beauty by Earth
This body wash from Beauty by Earth is free from animal cruelty, is sulfate-free, and makes use of lavender and citrus essential oils. They produce a great citrusy scent that leaves you feeling fresh and clean! It’s a great unisex scent that works for everybody. Scent goes a long way towards making your shower time recharging and reinvigorating!
FAQs On The 37 Best Body Washes For Dry Skin In 2022
A few questions may be swimming in your mind after that intro. You may have been led to believe that personal hygiene is as simple as stepping in the shower, soaping and shampooing, rinsing, and then drying off. But there are quite a few questions you should be asking yourself before you embark on the all-important journey of finding the right body wash. Your skin is your largest organ, and you should treat it with care. That means finding the right products to maintain it because dry, itching skin can ruin your day like nothing else.
Read on below to find out some things you should keep in mind before heading to your local supermarket to pick up the right bottle of body wash.
Why Should I Use Body Wash Over Bar Soap?
A lot of people are more used to using traditional bar soap. Most of our parents grew up using that and they’ve passed that habit on to us. Body wash, however, has some cool benefits over soap that you should know about!
Body wash is a lot more convenient to use than bar soap since all you need to do is squeeze some into the palm of your hand, lather it up, and rub it all over your body. Bar soap can become slippery, it can leave stubborn residue in its container, and it disintegrates when used, making them difficult to use when there’s little of it left!
It’s also easy to control how much product you’re using with a squeeze bottle, whereas bar soap just stays lathered even after you’re done using it.
You can also pack your body wash for travel. If it’s recently been used, it just needs a quick rinse and a wipedown for you to pack it with your luggage. Imagine the nightmare of trying to do the same with a bar of soap!
Also, if you own a bathtub and are in the mood for a sensual bubble bath, body wash can easily work up a lather for your bubble bath. Trust us, you’re going to have a lot of trouble trying to do that with a bar of soap!
What Are Some Good Body Wash Ingredients for Me to Look For?
Humectants are substances that help the skin retain moisture. This is especially helpful in low-humidity environments as it helps the skin combat dryness and dehydration. One of the most popular humectant ingredients in body washes is hyaluronic acid.
Occlusives are a class of substances that also help the skin retain moisture by creating a protective layer around the skin to prevent water loss. Shea butter is a common occlusive that’s popular for soothing irritated skin and is an excellent moisturizing agent. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one!
What Does Sulfate-free Mean in Body Washes?
You’ll want to look out for the keyword sulfate-free on the list of ingredients on a bottle of body wash because sulfates like sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are surfactants that attract both oil and water. In theory, they’re supposed to be good for you.
Surfactants are like arms with hands at both ends—the hand that attracts oil will grab onto oily dirt, and the hand that attracts water will grab onto water molecules when you pour water on it. This makes them effective at dislodging dirt and grime off our skin, leaving us with a squeaky kind of friction—giving us the expression “squeaky clean.” The problem with surfactants is that they’re too effective at getting rid of oil. Because of that, it also gets rid of our skin’s natural oils, which are supposed to keep our skin protected and hydrated.
That’s why surfactants are also used in industrial-grade household cleaners and detergents—because they’re harsh, and they’re really effective.
With our quick buyer’s guide on the 37 best body washes for dry skin in 2022, we hope you walk into the nearest supermarket armed with the knowledge to make the right choice!
Skincare is a long journey with multiple forks. Choosing the right body wash is just one. For skincare beginners, some studying and learning are in order to learn more about the use and the importance of sunscreens, lotions, exfoliants, shampoos, and moisturizers.
Many of the brands above also have these products, and these are designed to be used in conjunction with each other, even if they aren’t necessarily from the same brand. Skincare is more than just a quick shower and some lathering. You should eventually aim to own at least one of each product.
Caring for our skin benefits both our mental and physical health.
Beautiful, smooth, clear skin is just an informed choice away, and that goes for men, too. Everyone deserves beautiful skin!
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