How to Choose the Best Drug Store Moisturizer for You

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When we walk down the body moisturizer aisle in our local drug store there is a sea of products that hydrate, heal, soothe, or  butter us. Then we just buy whatever has the most appealing packaging, or scent, or the best price tag.  However, choosing the right moisturizer and knowing how to moisturize our body is important. 

According to Harvard Medical School (2016) moisturizers, which seal in the water and moisturize the top layer of the skin are one of the best ways to rehydrate dry skin. When we are checking out the product packaging, we need to flip that container around and read the label.  There are three types of ingredients we need to look for in a good moisturizer:

  • Humectants: attract water molecules like a moisture magnet. Humectants include ceramides, hyaluronic acid, lecithin, glycerin, and sorbitol.

  • Occlusives: help seal in the moisture. Some occlusives are petrolatum (Vaseline), silicone, lanolin, and a variety of oils.

  • Emollients: contain oil, water, and an an emulsifier and are lighter and easier to apply than petrolatum or oils.

So, below I list my favorite moisturizers containing the three key ingredients that make them so moisturizing. Not only are these products great for your skin, but they can be found at your local drug store.

1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

This award winning, dermatologist recommended cream is Heaven sent and under $10.  It contains extra-strength emollients and humectants, and the occlusive, petroleum.  This gold in a jar is clinically proven to bind water to the skin to prevent moisture loss, is long-lasting and non-greasy.  

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2. Palmers Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Palmers Cocoa Butter Body Lotion is the tried and true.  Again this moisturizer hits on all cylinders and is affordable at $5-$7. Its richness and scent lend to a great moisturizing experience with the added benefit of healing. Cocoa butter is proven to fade hyper pigmentation and even the skin tone.  This moisturizer is perfect for knees and elbows.

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3. AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion

AmLactin contains Alpha-Hydroxy that not only hydrates, but exfoliates rough, dry skin. This awesome moisturizer checks all the boxes but with a price tag of $13 for 7.9 oz. It is rich in emollients and creamy humectants that hydrate and smooth rough, dry skin and an occlusive to keep all of that goodness in.

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5. Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Skin Therapy Lotion, Shea Butter

Gold Bond has been around since the 1900s and started out with a medicated powder. Now, its vast body lotion line is a ‘go to’ for many who suffer from dry skin because it provides all three moisturizing ingredients. Gold Bond is applied easily and is long lasting.  This trusted moisturizer is just under $8.

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6. Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer

Jergens is another old faithful body lotion.  It is great for dry, cracked, skin. Having the moisturizing trifecta, Jergens Overnight is a great choice to use at bedtime especially on your feet right before you don a pair of socks. This can be picked up for about $8. 

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FTC: This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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