The Best Body Lotions for Every Bride
Having a dedicated facial skincare regimen when preparing for your wedding is important, but often times we skimp on skincare for our bodies. When it comes to your big day, however—especially if you're wearing a wedding dress that reveals a bit of skin, or are headed to a warm-weather honeymoon destination—you probably want to be glowing and hydrated from head to toe.
Just as is the case for your face, the lotion you use for your body should be specific to your skin type. Regardless of the season, our bodies encounter skin issues and need a little pampering, too. If you struggle with eczema, look for a rich, moisturizing body lotion with colloidal oatmeal, which soothes, protects, and relieves itching. If it's not eczema but just dry skin you want to eradicate, oil-rich lotions with lipids will help moisturize and strengthen the skin's barrier. If your skin is super sensitive, make sure to go with something that's fragrance free—there are several skincare brands that make a range of products specifically for reactive skin. If that's what you need, consider one of our favorite French companies, Avene.
If you're hoping to add a subtle, natural glow to your skin, try a daily sunless tan moisturizer. If you deal with congested or acne-prone skin, a hydrating yet light alpha hydroxy acid exfoliating lotion will help keep skin smooth, radiant, and clear.
Suffice it to say, body lotions really do run the gamut. Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite options for every bride to try ahead of the big day.
For Dry Skin
It's super moisturizing and contains a variety of lipids to help protect and strengthen the skin's barrier.
Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver, $48, katesomerville.com.
This one will soothe, hydrate, and help repair skin thanks to colloidal oatmeal and sweet almond oil.
Skinfix Eczema+ Extra Strength Body Cream, $34, sephora.com.
To Firm Up
Looking for tighter skin before the big day? This lotion contains caffeine to tighten skin, plus a bit of mica to add a subtle sheen.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45, sephora.com.
To Add a Glow
Used as a daily lotion, this cream will give you a soft, gradual tan every time you apply it.
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Gradual Tan Everyday Tinted Body Lotion, $30, ulta.com.
This product hydrates while exfoliating with glycolic acid, gently removing rough, dry skin. (It also contains green tea, an antioxidant that's super nutritious for skin.)
Dermadoctor KP Duty Lotion, $38, dermstore.com.
For Sensitive Skin
This fragrance-free workhorse has a rich formula that will hydrate and soothe sensitive skin without irritating it.
Avene Moisturizing Melt-In Balm, $30, aveneusa.com.
For Natural Devotees
Free from conventional chemicals often found in beauty products, this lotion contains sunflower seed and jojoba oil, along with chamomile, to hydrate and soothe. (We love baby products because we know if it's formulated for a baby, it must be gentle.)
Erbaviva Baby Lotion, $20, follain.com.
For Sun Protection
This body-lotion-meets-sunscreen will moisturize and protect from daily UV exposure.
Eucerin Daily Hydration Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Cream, $9.47, eucerinus.com.
This can be used as part of an anti-aging regimen: it's infused with tons of antioxidants to keep environmental aging at bay.
Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm, $48, follain.com.
For Oily and Acne-Prone Skin
This lotion lightly moisturize without clogging pores, and it can even clear up pores and prevent acne thanks to salicylic acid.
CeraVe SA Lotion for Rough & Bumpy Skin, $13.49, cerave.com.