Body Lotion that Doesn't Feel Like a Chore at All
If you’re going to finally commit to daily application, you’re going to need a body lotion that’s a joy to use. Liberty selects the very best
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The best body lotion formulas don’t feel like a mammoth task to apply. They don’t take ages to spread, or even longer to sink in. Nor do they leave you feeling too greasy to pull up your jeans. No, the best body lotions are dermatological joy, bottled. Sumptuous formulas that smell incredible, dissipate at record speed and lend limbs an enviable sheen. The kind that feel actually – dare we say it – enjoyable to slather on each morning. But where can you find these body lotion unicorns? Below, we’ve highlighted the best of the best.
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The Best Body Lotions that Smell Delicious
Not only does well-moisturised skin provide better grip for the perfume you spritz on top, you can further intensify the scent by using the matching body lotion. And thankfully, many of the most popular perfume brands have lotion equivalents. Just look to lines like Byredo, Le Labo, Frederic Malle and Diptyque for elegant, elevated body lotions laced with delicious scent. And before you ask – no, they aren’t all scent and no science. These days, even fragranced lotions hydrate skin effectively, loaded with skincare ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and antioxidants.
The Best Body Lotions to Help You Sleep
Trouble sleeping? Try slathering on a healthy dollop of a herbaceous body lotion before climbing into your best pyjamas. Look for mind-massaging aromas like lavender, chamomile, sage and rosemary to help you gently drift off into dreamland, with lightweight formulas that won’t leave you sticking to the sheets. Make it a non-negotiable step in your night time routine, and may nights of great sleep await.
The Best Body Lotions for Stronger Skin
These days, many of the best body lotions are just as advanced as the moisturisers you use on your face, loaded with hi-tech skincare ingredients that offer a wealth of skin benefits. Some help to address the skin's microbiome, the fascinating ecosystem of bacteria currently residing on your skin, in a bid to improve barrier resilience, whereas others strengthen skin by way of ingredients like niacinamide and retinol.
The Best Body Lotions for Glowing Skin
If glowing skin is your goal, then you want a rich body lotion charged with heavy-hitting ingredients such as plant oils and butters to nourish, or exfoliating skincare acids to nibble away dull, dead skin cells. And luckily for you, our famed Beauty Hall is home to many, from REN Clean Skincare’s lactic acid-infused cream or Sol de Janeiro’s cult Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Expect softer, more supple skin within days of first use.
The Best Body Lotions that Sink in Fast
If the thing putting you off regular body lotion application is the thought of having to dance naked around a cold bathroom while you wait for the stuff to sink in, turn your attention to this edit of lightweight lotions. Some are more like serums, whereas others are creams with a kind of fluid texture, both gliding over the skin like a dream and disappearing within a matter of minutes. But don't let their lightness fool you; they certainly pack a punch when it comes to hydration, too.