Ask a Beauty Editor: The Best Body Washes for Dry Skin
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Reader question: Can you recommend the best body wash for dry winter skin? — @kristin.g.davidson
I've answered a lot of Ask a Beauty Editor questions at this point—and I have to say this is an easier one to tackle. As someone who grew up with eczema patches all over my body, finding the best body washes for dry and sensitive skin has become part of my skill set.
But it hasn't always been so easy—body washes require a lot of trial and error. It's hard work finding a body wash that lets you leave the shower more hydrated than before—or at the very least, not itchy, dried-out, and irritated. The key is finding formulas infused with moisturizing ingredients (think shea butter, green tea, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide). Texture is important, too—creamy milks and indulgent oils will sink into skin like a hydration wrap. And no matter what, steer clear of sulfates, which can strip skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling parched.
Hydrating body creams and oils are essential as well, of course, but moisturizing body washes are your first line of defense against the elements. When rough winds, scorching sun, and drying HVACs suck the moisture from your skin, soak your poor pores in these body cleansers to restore hydration levels.