Body moisturiser – whether lotion, cream or balm – is the most important product for preventing loss of elasticity, alleviating dry patches, and healing the skin post-sun exposure. Sometimes, post-shower moisturising can be a chore, but the right body lotion will turn a hassle into a treat. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best body moisturisers that you’ll look forward to using.
Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter
Rich but not greasy, this deeply nourishing body butter is packed with natural goodness to hydrate, heal and restore your skin, soothing even problematic, chapped areas such as the knees and elbows. The inclusion of honey leaves a divine scent and when combined with olive oil and shea butter leaves skin soft and buttery.
Susanne Kaufmann Body Butter; HK$575 at beyorgbeauty.com
Bamford Geranium Hand and Body Lotion
With an uplifting fragrance blend of geranium, lavender, peppermint and tonic, Bamford’s lightweight lotion is formulated botanical oils that delivers a heavy dose of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to deeply hydrate your skin while encouraging cell renewal. Geranium oil is also anti-bacterial, which not only helps boost immune systems but the process of healing cuts and wounds.
Bamford Geranium Hand & Body Lotion; HK$210 at net-a-porter.com
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
The third product from leading stem cell and biomedical scientist Professor Augustinus Bader, The Body Cream is formulated with the range’s TFC8 complex of natural amino acids, medical-grade vitamins, and synthesised molecules, which boosts cell regeneration for anti-aging and correcting properties. Brazilian candela oil and shea butter support the barrier function to leave skin hydrated and radiant.
Augustinus Bader The Body Ceram; HK$1,300 at lanecrawford.com
Oribe Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Crème
Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent of bergamot, jasmine and sandalwood arrives in this deeply nourishing Restorative Body Crème, which is formulated with sweet almond, meadowfoam, starflower oils to prevent against dryness while hydrating shea butter, vitamin-rich jojoba oil and anti-oxidative olive oil restores and protects the skin’s moisture barrier.
Oribe Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Crème; HK$420 at net-a-porter.com
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream
Those seeking anti-aging properties for the body can look to Dr. Barbara Sturm’s body cream, which is infused with White Almond and Elderberry Blossom to tighten, tone and restore elasticity to the skin while protecting it from free radicals throughout the day to minimise the appearance of blemishes and imperfections. It also features the brand’s proprietary Purslane which invigorates the body’s natural antioxidant system.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream; HK$970 at lanecrawford.com
Diptyque Invigorating Body Balm
Delicately scented with blood orange, ginger and rose, this quick-absorbing balm glides across the skin to deliver ample moisture with natural oil extracts. The key ingredient of blood orange extract from Catania, Sicily, stimulates and awakens the skin for softness and suppleness, sesame oil provides essential fatty acids to renew skin, and moringa oil revitalises the skin for brighter, radiant complexion.
Diptyque Invigorating Body Balm; HK$600 at lanecrawford.com
Costa Brazil Body Cream
From former Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa, Costa Brazil’s The Body Cream is a concentrated dose of responsibly-sourced, activated ingredients indigenous to the Amazon. The formula is based on the brand’s Jungle Complex: a trifecta of mineral-rich Kaya, antioxidant-packed Cacay, and the sacred soothing properties of Breu resin. Bonus points for elegant packaging and a sophisticated, fresh unisex scent.
Costa Brazil Body Cream; HK$805 at net-a-porter.com
Rituals The Ritual of Dao Body Cream
Scented with the elegant, calming fragrance of white lotus, The Ritual of Dao body cream is a deeply hydrating formula infused with the power of yi yi ren, which has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine for its skin-nourishing and medicinal properties. This jar of cream leaves skin soft and supple and is refillable once finished.
Rituals The Ritual of Dao Body Cream; HK$185 at rituals.com
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps
There’s a reason why this iconic formulation hasn’t changed since the 1980s. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps has been adored by customers and beauty editors for being able to quench the driest of skin. This decadent lotion has a whipped texture that’s easy to spread, ideal for locking in moisture after a shower.
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps; HK$285 at Kiehl’s Hong Kong
La Mer The Body Crème
Notorious for converting many to luxury body care, La Mer’s The Body Creme is formulated with the same Miracle Broth found in its face cream to deliver luxurious, healing hydration. Blue Algae Lift Ferment renews cells for a smoothing and lifting effect while a clean, elegant scent relaxes the senses.
La Mer The Body Crème; HK$2,800 at lamer.com.hk
Fresh Sugar Body Lotion
Lightweight and deliciously scented, Fresh’s Sugar Body Lotion is perfect during the warmer season. The Lychee body lotion is a cocktail of shea butter, mango seed oil, pure brown sugar, lychee extracts, and vitamins C and E for 24-hour moisture. Other versions of the lotion range from grapefruit to one with a champagne-inspired scent.
Fresh Sugar Body Lotion; HK$220 at Fresh Hong Kong
Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Creme
Silky smooth and ultra-nourishing, Laura Mercier’s best-selling Soufflé Creme has a lightly whipped texture formulated with botanical oils and proteins, and a combinations of vitamins A, C, E and B5. Scents such as Almond Coconut Milk, Ambre Vanille, Fresh Fig and Creme Brulee make this body treat good enough to eat.
Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Creme; HK$385 at selfridges.com
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream
Dermatologists swear by it and sensitive skin relies on it. Cetaphil’s body moisturiser is your go-to option for no-nonsense moisture. The fragrance-free, non-comedogenic formula is suitable for both the face and the body. It reliably locks in hydration all day and won’t irritate rosacea or eczema. Best of all, you can find it at your local drugstore.
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream; HK$90 at watsons.com
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream
Found at some of the world’s most luxurious spas, Aromatherapy Associates’ Renewing Rose Body Cream is made with the label’s “highly secret formulation” of the finest rose oils, botanicals and floral waters. The delicate rose scent is famously adored and its formula is celebrated for being moisturising yet lightweight to the touch.
Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream; HK$389 at net-a-porter.com
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Lotion
Velvety in texture and fast-absorbing, this lightweight lotion relieves tight and itchy skin while offering cushy hydration that lasts all day. The scent is a comforting mix of oats, almond milk and honey.
The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Body Lotion; HK$169 at The Body Shop Hong Kong
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm
A medium-weight cream that combines natural ingredients and antiseptic properties for nourished, healthy skin. The unisex scent is a combination of bergamot oil, geranium leaf oil, sweet almond oil and mandarin extract. Apply it to damp skin for instantly-absorbed hydration and leave it out on your shelf for its chic packaging.
Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Balm; HK$250 at net-a-porter.com
L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate
This silky body cream leaves your skin looking and feeling like satin. L’Occitane’s Smoothing and Beautifying Milk Concentrate is enriched with a concoction of powerful almond extracts and proteins to firm and tighten, as well as nourishing almond milk and oil for hydration. Never greasy and impossibly addictive in scent.
L’Occintane Almond Milk Concentrate; HK$450 at hk.loccitane.com
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+
This French pharmacy export promises to quench extra dry and rough skin by replenishing the skin’s essentials lipids. It’s formulated with a high concentration of La Roche-Posay’s Prebiotic Thermal Water, which keeps the skin microbiome in check. Those with sensitive skin will be glad to know that it’s accepted by the National Eczema Association.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+; HK$320 at watsons.com