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10 Hydrating Body Washes For Dry Skin
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10 Hydrating Body Washes For Dry Skin

August 27th, 2021 | by

How we wish dry skin was merely seasonal! But it turns out that while it’s more prevalent in the winter month, that doesn’t stop it from appearing when the summer rolls around.

To add to that, the things that make summer our favourite season are the ones that wreak havoc on our skin! Spending time out in the sun and swimming in chlorine or saltwater (depending on where we find ourselves in the world) leads our skin to look and feel parched.

But no matter what time of the year it is or how parched our skin becomes, rest assured because we know how to fix it. The simple step of adding a moisturizing shower gel to your daily routine can help alleviate dryness and make your skin feel nourished! Who knew? (We did!)

Let’s start!

But first, what do you need to look for when buying a body wash for dry skin?

According to experts, it’s wise to look for a product with hydrating ingredients. We’re talking about natural oils like vitamin E and hyaluronic acid that protect your skin from damage, replenish moisture and speed up the healing process. 

If you struggle with sensitive skin or eczema, steer clear of products containing fragrances. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it’s best for those with atopic dermatitis to entirely avoid the use of body wash containing fragrances.

Even when you know what to look for, scouring through an array of endless options can be daunting. That’s why we’ve jumped to your rescue! Here’s a roundup of our top 10 shower gels that are absolute bliss if you have dry skin!


1. Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash

The Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Wash has been formulated to soothe dry, sensitive skin. A gentle, soap-free cleanser – this body wash uses advanced technology to retain skin nourishing oils by gently cleansing and rinsing your skin. Clinically proven to be non-irritating and moisture-enhancing, it leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

2. Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash

Self-foaming and hydrating, the Dove Deeply Nourishing Body Wash carries a formula that combines their NutriumMoisture technology with mild cleansers to thoroughly clean your skin without leaving a greasy layer. A great budget buy, it comes with a pump making it easy to use. The only con about this product is that it contains fragrance, so it’s best avoided if your skin is particularly sensitive to scents.

3. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

The Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash combines natural oatmeal, known for its skin-soothing benefits, along with rich emollients and gentle cleansers, that hold in moisture even after a good rinse. With a formula that’s fragrance-free and lathers gently, this body wash smooths and hydrates dry skin, leaving it soft, supple and nourished. What’s more? Being free of soap and dyes, it is a boon for sensitive skin!

4. Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash

The Olay Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Wash boasts a nourishing formula that gently cleanses your skin while providing long-lasting moisture to treat dry skin at the source. It is powered with unique Lock-in-Moisture technology that infuses moisture 10 layers deep into the skin’s surface without feeling heavy. Fortified with shea butter, it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, and reveals younger-looking skin with continued use. Just the kind of hard-working body wash you need!

5. The Body Shop Shea Shower Cream


Enriched with shea butter, the Body Shop Shea Shower Cream boasts a rich, creamy texture. Featuring a soap-free formula that lathers easily, this body wash leaves your skin feeling nourished, soft and deeply cleansed. Infusing your skin with moisture that lasts all day long, it is ideal for extremely dry and parched skin.

6. Vaadi Herbals Breezy Olive & Green Apple Shower Gel

Enriched with Olive, which is known as a natural anti-ageing and moisturizing ingredient to soothe even the driest, parched skin – this body wash by Vaadi Herbals is designed to leave you with soft, moisturized skin. It also contains green apple extracts that nourish and enliven dry and dull skin.

7. Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Shower Gel

The Biotique Bio Morning Nectar Visibly Flawless Shower Gel comes with a refreshing formula that replenishes moisture and helps sustain your skin’s glow. A blend of pure Haridra, Usheer, Gehun, Gulab, Madhu and Ritha; this purifying body wash gently washes away impurities, without disturbing the skin’s pH balance. It helps to cleanse, soften and soothe your skin, leaving it nourished for long hours.

8.OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Ultra Moisture Body Wash

Replete with coconut, vanilla bean, and safflower seed, this body wash from one of the most loved brands OGX, deeply moisturizes your skin. Known to leave even the driest of winter skin supple, soft and nourished; this sulphate-free body wash provides day-long hydration.

9. Dove Shower Mousse with Argan Oil

Infused with the natural, soothing properties of argan oil, the Dove Argan Oil Shower and Shave Mousse is a body-wash-cum-mousse that gently moisturizes and cleanses your skin. Lathering up to a creamy consistency, a little amount of this product can leave your skin soft and nourished for hours.

10. Nykaa Wanderlust Shower Gel – Californian Almond Milk

Laden with the nourishing essence of almond, this body wash from Nykaa lathers perfectly and gently purifies your skin. Enriched with Aloe Vera, it provides hydration that keeps your skin soft and supple.

Best practices for using a shower gel

Dermatologists believe that it isn’t necessary to wash your body with soap every day unless you have visible dirt or are excessively sweating.

It also isn’t imperative to wash every part of your body with soap. “The only parts of your body that need soap are your groin and underarms (again unless you have dirt on your skin or you have been sweating),” Dr Charlotte Birnbaum, a board-certified dermatologist with Spring Street Dermatology said in an interview with Healthline. 

While washing, Birnbaum recommends using your fingertips instead of a washcloth or loofah to be as gentle as possible on the skin. Follow this up by patting yourself dry and applying moisturizer while you’re damp to lock its moisture into your skin.

Lastly, if you have dry skin, taking shorter showers with lukewarm water and moisturizing your skin right after can help prevent excessive dryness while keeping your skin supple for hours.


Supriya Jain