The Best Body Washes For Dry Skin

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The Best Body Washes For Dry Skin

We all know that taking regular long, hot showers will dry out our skin. Does that stop us from taking them? Almost never. If you’re like us, you’ll likely justify your daily scalding hot showers by insisting that a rich night moisturiser will help undo any damage. And don’t get it twisted, we applaud your moisturising routine, we really do. However, we recommend pairing it with a nourishing body wash intended to hydrate dry patches and prevent moisture loss.

So, how do you know what to look for? Just like your regular skin care products, all the usual hydrating suspects remain the same: glycerin, ceramides, niacinamide, you know the drill.

Oh, and if you could find it in yourself to consider a slightly more tepid shower, your hair and skin will thank you.

So without further ado, here are the 5 best body washes for dry skin.

Dermatologist recommended body wash for dry skin

QV Dermcare Eczema Daily Wash 

We say: Using a soap-free formula to wash your body may seem slightly counterproductive, however, it’s crucial if you have dry or irritated skin. Containing ceramides, glycerin, niacinamide and lactic acid, this pH-balanced formula has been given the dermatologist’s stamp of approval for balancing dry skin and restoring moisture. 

You say: “It doesn’t irritate skin. It does however soothe their sensitive skin leaving it calm and hydrated. I like that it comes in a handy pump bottle so they can have one on the ledge in their shower and easily pump it onto their loofahs or hands. I would highly recommend this for sensitive skin that’s prone to irritation.” – Izzy09

Want to know more? Read QV Dermcare Eczema Daily Wash reviews here…

$19.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Best body wash for dry itchy skin

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

We say: Like salicylic acid is to acne, colloidal oatmeal is to dry skin: effective, fast-working and very affordable (if you know where to look). The Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash offers a creamy, soap-free formulation rich in emollients which leave the skin clean, hydrated and free from itchiness or irritation. 

You say: “Literally provided instant relief to his skin conditions, and as a result, it has reduced the frequency of the need to use medicinal cream. Overall, it leaves his skin very smooth and hydrated as he does not use body lotion. The product has a very creamy consistency and it lathers well.” – Joey502

Want to know more? Read Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash reviews here…

$20.49 at Chemist Warehouse

Best body wash for dry sensitive skin

DermaVeen Extra Hydration Gentle Soap-Free Wash 

We say: Free from sulphates, parabens, fragrances and alcohols, DermaVeen’s formula has kept out the irritating substances in favour of a pH-balanced, protective and nourishing body wash. Formulated specifically for sensitive skin types that are experiencing dry skin flare-ups, get ready to experience fast relief of itchy, dry skin.

You say: “Good for sensitive skin and won’t dry out your skin either. Comes in a big bottle which will last you several months even if using it everyday. Because it is soap free, I feel like I do use quite alot of pumps full. But my skin does feel very clean after rinsing.” – Tigress

Want to know more? Read DermaVeen Extra Hydration Gentle Soap-Free Wash reviews here…

$17.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Best natural body wash for dry skin

etch&ethos Hydrating Body Wash

We say: Made from 94 per cent naturally-derived ingredients, the etch&ethos Hydrating Body Wash uses a plant-based glycerin to gentle restore moisture, keeping dry skin clean, hydrated and soft. Pick from your choice of two refreshing and delicate scents, Botanical Bloom or Summer Citrus.

You say: “The body wash has a refreshing botanical scent to it, but the scent doesn’t linger. It has a very creamy texture, almost like a cream cleanser, and it doesn’t lather much. It is super hydrating and soothing and probably best for dry skin.” – VeronicaStrange

Want to know more? Read etch&ethos Hydrating Body Wash – Botanical Bloom reviews here…

$13.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Best moisturising body wash for dry skin

Dove Skin Cleanse Triple Moisture Body Wash 

We say: You don’t need us to tell you how hydrating a Dove body wash is. However, this one isn’t just any Dove body wash, it’s the Cleanse Triple Moisture Body Wash. Offering 24-hour nourishment, the rich, moisturising formula will protect your skin’s microbiome from future irritation while soothing and healing existing dryness. 

You say: “This body wash left my skin feeling so clean, soft and deeply hydrated. I only needed a small pump of the body wash to produce a rich soapy lather onto my shower sponge. My skin felt nourished after daily use and I also really like the large pump pack 1L size.” – Jules 

Want to know more? Read Dove Skin Cleanse Triple Moisture Body Wash reviews here…

$15 at Woolworths

Do you have a go-to body wash for relieving dry skin?

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  1. DermalMD Lightening Serum has been the only dark spot treatment that has really worked for me. One bottle last me 3 months. I started using it once a day and then increased to 2x a day.

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