The Best Body Washes
Best for Dry Skin
Dove Dry Oil Moisture Body Wash
With the same gentle cleansers and nourishing oils (that are actually absorbed into the skin instead of sitting on top) Dove washes are known for, this super creamy formula also contains hydration hero Moroccan argan oil. “On those days when I skip lotion, my arms and legs don’t feel tight or look flaky,” a tester told us. Plus, the warm, subtle scent lingers long after you get out.
To buy: $5.50, target.com.
Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Body Wash
Your skin will love the clean rinsing antioxidant-laced gel; your nose won’t be able to get enough of the sultry, spicy (ginger, patchouli, and pink pepper) scent. “The fragrance fills my bathroom—I love it so much, I bought the matching lotion,” a tester confessed.
To buy: $30, moltonbrown.com.
Best for Breakouts
Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Body Wash
The salicylic acid in this oil-free, non-comedogenic gel helps clear body breakouts (bacne, chesne, buttne—you name it), yet it doesn’t smell medicinal. The revitalizing grapefruit scent puts a little pep in your step, and while it helps shrink zits, “it doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped,” a tester reported.
To buy: $8.50, ulta.com.
Softsoap Body Scrub Coconut Butter Exfoliating Body Wash
At less than $3 a pop, this jumbo “beach in a bottle” scrub lasts for months (so you won't mind if the kids dip into it). Plus, it contains crushed coconut extracts to lightly slough away dead skin cells and jojoba butter to soften rough spots, like elbows and knees.
To buy: $3, walmart.com.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Body Wash
If traditional washes tend to irritate your finicky skin, keep calm and carry on with this fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and colloidal oatmeal-filled cream. “It’s effective enough to freshen up my sweaty skin after a workout, yet it soothes my forever itchy, dry skin,” a tester commented.
To buy: $6.50, amazon.com.
Jack Black Performance Remedy Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair & Body
This sulfate-free, coconut-derived wash is the ultimate shower space saver. Use the cooling rosemary and eucalyptus gel on both your hair and body to cleanse without drying. Juniper berry, rosemary, and arnica soothe tired muscles while green tea soothes skin. “This two-in-one saves space in my gym bag and when I travel,” a tester told us.
To buy: $23, sephora.com.