9 best hydrating lotions at every budget to protect your skin from the polar vortex

Marriska Fernandes
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Keep you skin looking its best this winter with these top skincare picks. (Getty Images)

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When it comes to winter skin, we all want to be wrapped in a cocoon of moisture, with your pick of lightweight formulas, creamy butters and soothing textures. After all, the pandemic has given us more reason than ever to wrap ourselves in some much-needed TLC.

If you’re on the hunt for some nourishing creams and lotions for yourself this winter, you’ll want to look for hydrating ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. For a solid fix for dry skin, look for creams and lotions formulated with ceramides, which restore the skin’s moisture barrier for all-day hydration.

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Whether you prefer fragrance-free options, scented lotions or thick buttery creams, we have rounded up some options that are sure to banish dry skin for good this winter, no matter your budget.

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Under $15

Vaseline Almond Smooth Body Lotion

Vaseline Intense Care Almond Smooth Lotion. Image via Walmart
Vaseline Intense Care Almond Smooth Lotion. Image via Walmart

Made with hydrating essentials like almond oil and vitamin E, this smoothing moisturizer keeps the skin healthy and hydrated. It features a light almond scent and is great for extremely dry skin, leaving it moisturized without a greasy feeling.

SHOP IT: Walmart, $6

Dr. Teal's Shea Butter Body Lotion

Dr. Teal's Shea Butter Body Lotion. Image via Amazon.
Dr. Teal's Shea Butter Body Lotion. Image via Amazon.

This lightweight body lotion is formulated with soothing ingredients like Shea butter and sweet almond oil for hydration, and essential oils to nourish and protect the skin.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $9

Bath and Body Works Strawberry Pound Cake Body Lotion

Bath and Body Works Strawberry Pound Cake Body Lotion. Image via Bath and Body Works
Bath and Body Works Strawberry Pound Cake Body Lotion. Image via Bath and Body Works

This lotion will remind you of fresh strawberries, golden shortcake and whipped cream with its sweetly perfumed scent. It’s a super smooth formula that provides 24 hours of moisture and is infused with shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E.

SHOP IT: Bath and Body Works, $14

Under $30

The Body Shop Lemon Hand and Body Lotion

Lemon Protecting Hand & Body Lotion. Image via The Body Shop
Lemon Protecting Hand & Body Lotion. Image via The Body Shop

Give skin some serious TLC with this intensely hydrating, purifying and protecting Hand & Body Lotion. It’s the perfect treat for dry, over-washed skin because it provides 72 hours of intense moisture, helps protect against the drying effects of external aggressors, and has a rich texture that quickly sinks into the skin.

SHOP IT: The Body Shop, $15

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter. Image via Shoppers Drug Mart
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter. Image via Shoppers Drug Mart

This award-winning body butter has a delicious fragrance that lasts for hours. It's infused with softening shea butter and aloe vera for skin that feels like velvet, it's so soft and smooth.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $18

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin. Image via Well.ca
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for Normal to Dry Skin. Image via Well.ca

This holy grail product from CeraVe is the ultimate solution for dry skin, with three essential ceramides that help restore and maintain skin’s natural protective barrier. It also includes hyaluronic acid, is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and is free of fragrance.

SHOP IT: Well.ca, $26

Over $30

Céla Creme Violette

Cela Creme Violette. Image via Cela
Cela Creme Violette. Image via Cela

This soothing hand and body butter is made with lavender and colloidal oatmeal for super pampered skin. It’s infused with Canadian botanicals, cupuaçu butter, and abyssinian oil to hydrate and soften, and contains a lavender aroma which works as an anxiolytic (an anxiety reliever) to help relax and aid in sleep.

SHOP IT: Céla, $37

Malin+Goetz Rum Body Lotion

Malin+Goetz Rum Body Lotion. Image via Sephora
Malin+Goetz Rum Body Lotion. Image via Sephora

This editor-favourite brand has gained a reputation for being a trusted source for skincare needs. This rum body lotion is a lightweight, nourishing formula that’s infused with their signature dark rum scent and includes vitamin B5 and fatty acids for long-lasting hydration.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $47

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream

L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. Image via Sephora
L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. Image via Sephora

This is another popular option for extremely dry skin, thanks to its rich texture that’s made using 25 per cent shea butter to help intensely nourish skin and moisturize the skin for up to 72 hours.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $57

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