5 Best Drugstore Lotions for Dry Skin this Winter


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Lotions for Dry Skin

I embrace winter. Wintertime involves fun activities and memories like sipping hot cocoa, wearing cute scarves and gloves and snuggling in warm, fuzzy pajamas. Unfortunately, the dry air in the winter can also lead to dry skin. On a recent trip up to Rhode Island, my hands started to dry out. Badly.

Have issues with dry skin this winter? No worries. I have you covered.

This post covers the best lotions for dry skin to use this winter. These lotions will quickly soothe dry skin.

These lotions don't have alcohol, which dries out your skin and actually makes things worse!

The Best Drugstore Lotions for Super Dry, Winter Skin

Added bonus: all these lotions for dry skin are available online on Amazon, at Walmart, and at drugstores.

1. Best Drugstore Lotion to Make Dry Skin Soft and Smooth: Burt's Bees

Burt's Bess Body lotion for dry skin
Burt's Bees Body Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin

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The Burt’s Bees Body lotion claims to leave skin feeling soft, smooth, and healthy.

Key ingredients are Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Chamomile, Calendula, St. John’s Wort, Rosemary, and Linden Flower.

What I liked about Burt's Bees Lotion

  • Better hydration than cheap lotions
  • No alcohol (which dries your skin!) like the lotions from Bath & Body Works

What I Didn't Like

  • Smells bad
  • Watery
  • Doesn’t soak in

Burt's Bees Product Claims

  • Up to 24-hour moisture
  • Fragrance free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Body lotion with Shea butter and vitamin E
  • For all skin types
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Absorbs quickly
  • 9% natural
  • Non-greasy formula

Added Bonuses of Burt's Bee's Lotion

  • No animal testing
  • No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or SLS

Best for: Women who currently love Burt’s Bees and want to add the Burt’s Bees body lotion to their collection.

Where to buy: Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Ulta Beauty.

Ingredients: water, decyl cocoate, glycerin, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, beeswax, fragrance (natural fragrance), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate citrate, polyglyceryl-3 stearate, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, nonfat dry milk, honey, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, beta-carotene, xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil, lactic acid, citric acid, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, magnesium aluminum silicate, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, citral, coumarin, limonene.

2. Best Fragrance Free Lotion for Dry Skin: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Sheer Hydration Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin
Aveeno Sheer Hydration Daily Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin

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The Aveeno Sheer Hydration lotion claims to replenish dull, dry skin. The key ingredients in Aveeno lotion work to decrease dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots.

Out of the top three lotions for dry skin, the Aveeno t lotion is my favorite.

What I Liked about the Aveeno Lotion

  • Seeps in quickly
  • Doesn’t feel greasy
  • Great results: I used this once in the morning, and my hands felt soft all-day
  • Subtle, refreshing scent

What I Didn't Like

  • Slightly boring packaging

Product Claims

  • Transforms dull, dry skin

Added Bonus

  • Dermatologist tested

Best for: Women with dry hands seeking an affordable lotion for dry skin.

Where to buy: Walmart, Amazon, Target, Ulta Beauty, and Fred Meyer.

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Petrolatum, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Hydroxyacetophenone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Mica, Titanium Dioxide

3. Best Drugstore Lotion for Sensitive Skin: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Best drugstore, moisturizing lotion from Walmart for sensitive skin and women with allergies
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

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The CeraVe cream was co-developed with dermatologists and includes three essential ceramides to moisturize and restore the protective skin barrier. (Side note: Ceramides are lipids that help the skin retain moisture.)

This is my mom’s personal favorite.

What I Like about CeraVe

  • Moisturizing
  • Non-greasy
  • Can use it on body and face
  • Short and fat packaging, so the bottle doesn’t tip over when using the pump
  • Easy to use: only need one hand to use pump

What I Didn't Like

  • Boring packaging: it doesn’t look “pretty” in my cabinet or next to my bed stand
  • No smell

CeraVe Product Claims

  • For normal to dry skin
  • MVE Delivery Technology for 24-hour hydration
  • Non-irritating
  • Fragrance free
  • Contains hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture

Added Bonus of this Drugstore Lotion for Dry Skin

  • Accepted by the National Eczema Association

Best for: Women with sensitive skin seeking a moisturizing lotion. My mom is allergic to everything, and this is the only lotion she uses.

Where to buy: Target, Walmart, Ulta Beauty, CVS, and dermstore.com.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Cetareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide 1, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

4. Best Drugstore Lotion for Dry and Cracked Heels and Elbows: Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Healing Ointment Moisturizing Skin Protectant for Dry Cracked Hands Heels and Elbows
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Moisturizing Skin Protectant

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If your hands get REALLY dry and start to crack, then you need to buy the Aquaphor healing ointment. It’s great for cracked hands, cracked heels, and super dry skin.

Aquaphor is also non-irritating. My mom, who is allergic to EVERYTHING, uses Aquaphor and keeps it right near her kitchen sink for daily use.

5. Best On the Go Lotion for Dry Skin: Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream

Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream Lemon Butter
Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream

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Now you might think I’m crazy…cuticle cream for dry hands?


Burt’s Bees does have a hand salve, but I find their cuticle cream to be the best for dry hands. It’s not as greasy, and it keeps my hands (and cuticles) hydrated.

I throw this cuticle cream in my purse and in my luggage for travel and it prevents my hands from drying out.

Plus, this cuticle cream gives you really pretty and shiny nails.

Discover the Best Face Creams and Nail Moisturizers

Keep a lookout for an upcoming YouTube video on the best facial moisturizer.

In the meantime, learn how to achieve healthy nails in this guide on how to get natural-looking nails.

Good luck with smoother, softer skin!

Christina Marie from Very Easy Makeup

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