The 14 Best Moisturizing Body Washes For Dry Skin Of 2022
A shower should be a sensorial experience—whether it's to awaken you first thing in the morning, set a refreshing tone for the rest of our day, or you're a night showerer, ready for the rinse to wash away your day and let you unwind before bedtime. Of course, your body wash plays a huge role in said sensorial experience. When you find the right one, it can leave you feeling fresh, clean, nurtured, and hydrated all at the same time. On the other hand, choose a cleanser with stripping surfactants and you might be left with the opposite: drier skin post-shower than when you started.
Luckily we did the work for you and gathered a list of body washes that only fall into the former category. These lush cleansers will leave your skin feeling supple and moisturized (don't skip the post-shower lotion, however), as well as contain a few added perks like antioxidants, functional fragrances, and soothing botanicals. Your shower awaits you.
Best body washes for dry skin.
- De-Stress Body Wash, Indie Lee ($24)
- Pink Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cardamom Body Wash No.16, Milk & Honey ($28)
- Organic Nourishing Body Wash, True Botanicals
- Periya Body Cleanser, Abhati Suisse
- Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Body Wash, Weleda
- Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash, SkinFix
- Mind and Body Wash, Bathing Culture
- Natural Body Wash, Corpus
- Santal Bloom Body Wash, Saltair
- Hydrating Gel Body Wash With Aloe and Sea Kelp, Kopari
- Rose Water & Niacinamide Nourish & Illuminate Body Wash, Love Beauty and Planet
- Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Ocean Plastic Body Wash, REN
- Chamomile Bergamot Rosewood Body Cleanser, Grown Alchemist
- Shea Butter & Aloe Body Wash, Nubian Heritage
Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash
This wash is made to soothe from all angles. First there's the formula made with calendula and oat, both enriching ingredients that help nourish irritated skin. Then there's the enveloping scent, which is equal parts ahh-inducing and clarifying. It comes from eucalyptus, an invigorating plant often used in spa settings, layered with patchouli and lavender essential oils to help instill a sense of calm.
De-Stress Body Wash, Indie Lee ($24)
Milk & Honey Body Wash Blend
Often, people assume that a gentle, hydrating wash means sans lather. That's where a Castile soap can come into play: The blend of saponified oils can whip up to a fluffy foam if you're one to enjoy that with your rinse while also being gentle and non-strippping.
Body Wash Blend, Milk & Honey ($28)
True Botanicals Organic Nourishing Body Wash
Loaded with hydrating ingredients, this wash is oh-so-decadent. In the formula, you'll find aloe vera (for a hydrating, soothing base that provides elegant slip), olive fruit extract (which contains fatty acids), as well as green and white tea (to help protect the skin with a plethora of antioxidant properties). It's then fragranced with cedar and florals.
Organic Nourishing Body Wash, True Botanicals ($28)
Abhati Suisse Periya Body Cleanser
A modern Ayurvedic skin care brand, this wash leans into herbs to tend to dry, irritated skin. A few of our favorites include, but are not limited to, amla (also called Indian gooseberry, an herb that has been shown to even help support collagen production), neem oil, and moringa leaf oil.
Periya Body Cleanser, Abhati Suisse ($36)
Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Body Wash
Weleda is a brand known for its rich, thick creams (you may know them for their cult classic Skin Food, which is ultra-dense). It should come as no surprise that their washes are equally enriching, with replenishing sea buckthorn berries and sesame seed oil.
Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Body Wash, Weleda ($10)
SkinFix Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash
If a product is made safe for eczema-prone skin, rest assured that it is gentle, hydrating, and totally non-irritating. (As those with eczema know, the skin is extra sensitive to certain ingredients and dries out quickly.) The formula, rich with coconut-derived lipids, comes out as an oil and foams into mild suds.
Eczema+ Foaming Oil Body Wash, SkinFix ($26)
Bathing Culture Mind and Body Wash
This organic, all-purpose blend is extra concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. Hero ingredients include aloe vera, coconut oil, and shea butter (all amazing for dry skin). If woodsy scents are your thing, you'll love the natural fragrance of juniper, cedar, ylang-ylang and maritime pine.
Mind and Body Wash, Bathing Culture ($35)
Corpus Natural Body Wash
This all-natural wash calls upon seed oils for ultimate skin hydration. The coconut-derived emulsion gently cleanses while adding moisture back to the skin. This blend contains flower extracts that work to soothe skin and even tone.
Natural Body Wash, Corpus ($28)
Saltair Santal Bloom Body Wash
If you're looking for an eco-friendly wash, this one is for you. This body wash is made with biodegradable cleansing agents and blended with hydrating ingredients like monoi oil and cupuaçu butter to ensure your skin is clean and hydrated. Bonus: it contains niacinamide which can help fade dark spots.
Santal Bloom Body Wash, Saltair ($12)
Kopari Hydrating Gel Body Wash With Aloe and Sea Kelp
Though you may be familiar with the concept of drinking coconut water for extra hydration, you probably haven't seen it in a body wash—until now. Whipped up with aloe vera juice and sea kelp, this gel-like wash rinses clean without a foamy mess.
Hydrating Gel Body Wash With Aloe and Sea Kelp, Kopari ($18)
Love Beauty and Planet Rose Water & Niacinamide Nourish & Illuminate Body Wash
This one is an absolute steal. This rose water body wash not only smells divine but also contains star ingredient niacinamide which works wonders to fade dark spots and hydrate the skin. Not to mention it's just as eco-friendly as some of its competitors, as it has biodegradable ingredients and comes in recyclable packaging.
Rose Water & Niacinamide Nourish & Illuminate Body Wash, Love Beauty and Planet ($7.49)
REN Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Ocean Plastic Body Wash
This option comes with entirely unique ingredients to keep skin hydrated and supple—but totally effective ones too. There's the Atlantic kelp, which is rich with essential minerals to help nourish skin, and magnesium, which has impressive hydration properties.
Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Ocean Plastic Body Wash, REN ($29)
Grown Alchemist Chamomile Bergamot Rosewood Body Cleanser,
This hydrating cleanser brings a seriously delightful sensorial experience, too: The aromatic scent mixes bergamot, chamomile, and rose. You'll leave the shower with fresh, soft skin that smells delightful.
Chamomile Bergamot Rosewood Body Cleanser, Grown Alchemist ($44)
Nubian Heritage Shea Butter & Aloe Body Wash
We're big fans of shea butter around here, especially when it comes to dry skin. This ingredient has been used for centuries to treat dry, flaky skin. When working with another natural hydrator, aloe vera, this blend is a perfect dry skin remedy on a budget.
Shea Butter & Aloe Body Wash, Nubian Heritage ($14.48)
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Your daily rinse should be an enjoyable experience that leaves your skin feeling clean, but also adequately hydrated. These products will do just that, and there's a variety of scents and star ingredients to choose from. That being said, no wash on the market can replace the essential step of hydrating your skin post-shower. If you're in the market for a natural body lotion to follow up your shower, we have a list of our favorite natural body lotions too.
Alexandra Engler is the beauty director at mindbodygreen and host of the beauty podcast Clean Beauty School. Previously, she's held beauty roles at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as lifestyle topics, such as travel. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.