I've Tried Countless Body Lotions for Dry SkinHere's How This $11 Moisturizer Actually Made a Difference

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

To buy: $11 on ulta.com

I would qualify my shower routine as ‘moderately involved’—in a hurry, I’ll spend most of my time on my hair, and then just wash the essentials with my go- to non-drying wash, glossier.com%2Fproducts%2Fbody-hero-daily-oil-wash' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' >Glossier’s Body Hero ($18; glossier.com). If I’m having an “in-between my toes and in my belly button” kind of shower, I’m pulling out a number of stops to get that squeaky nourished clean feeling.

To fully test Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, I made sure to use all of my best resources, which, for me, starts with an Italy towel ($9 for five; amazon.com). After standing under the hot water for a few minutes, shampooing my hair and letting the steam soften my skin, I’ll buff away dead skin with the exfoliating cloth popular in Korea—the name “Italy towel” comes from the viscose used in the fabric, which is allegedly imported from the European country.

After my legs, arms, and torso are polished to satisfaction, I’ll move on to shaving. Rather than use a shaving cream, I defer to Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap ($8; amazon.com) which provides additional exfoliation and a smoother shave. The tool I use for the actual scraping is a harrys.com%2Fen%2Fus%2Fproducts%2Fthe-truman' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' >Harry’s razor ($9; harrys.com)—the brand’s subscription model means I always have a few too many spare razor heads lying around, but it also means I can use a super-sharp blade every time I shave.

All day, I couldn’t stop touching my forearms, highly impressed with just how plump (and frankly, relieved) my skin felt. The transepidermal water loss- preventing properties of the product reminded me of the baby oil trick—coating wet skin with mineral oil immediately after a shower—except without the fuss of waiting for the oil to dry down, or getting it all over your linens.

After a single use, I wasn’t exactly bronzed, but I certainly had a new warmth about me. After a second use, I saw the unmistakable glow of a tan forming—and no, it wasn’t the slightest bit orange or splotchy.

The gradual tanning effect of this product was a bonus for me, but if you’re looking for a color-neutral version that’s just as moisturizing, Jergens offers Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, and Monoi Oil varieties.

Reviewers of Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer are as enthusiastic as I am about the product, with over 200 customers giving it five stars on Amazon. One fan writes, “it goes on smoothly & easily!” And many others praise it for the natural-looking color it leaves behind.

Dry skin need a boost? Snap up this in-shower body moisturizer for just $11 at Ulta and get smooth, firm, glowing skin by the weekend.

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