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Biggest Bang for Your Buck
The chamomile extract in Vaseline Intensive Rescue Soothing Moisture ($3; drugstores) calms irritation; glycerin and dimethicone deeply hydrate—for less than $5!
Most Rewarding Twofer
On one side of The Body Shop Body Butter Duo in Macadamia ($16; thebodyshop-usa.com, available July 6): a thick cream with heavy moisturizers like beeswax and babassu oil, best for very dry areas like elbows and knees. On the other: a light cream that you can slather all over. Both formulas are infused with shea and cocoa butters and Brazil nut oil.
Most Impressive Moisturizing Self-Tanner
For natural-looking color (and no self-tanner smell), try Nature's Gate Glow Moisturizing Lotion ($13; natures-gate.com). Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate draw moisture to the skin, and vitamin E helps strengthen skin's barrier.
Best For Sensitive Skin
John Masters Organics Bare Unscented Body Lotion ($16.50; johnmasters.com) contains no artificial fragrances or potentially irritating parabens. What it does contain: a mix of gentle moisturizers and white tea extract.
Most Luxurious Scent
If it's a rich, floral fragrance you're after, try L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream ($36; usa.loccitane.com). You'll love the heady blend of bergamot, peony, rose, and sandalwood.
Nivea Express Hydration Freshening Gel ($8; drugstores) soothes and cools skin with mint extract. Its gel formula absorbs quickly and leaves no residue.
Most Effective on Rough Heels
A high concentration of shea butter and petrolatum gives Sally Hansen Overnight Heel Repair ($9; drugstores) its ultrathick consistency. A swipe of the velvety balm before bed will soften calluses by morning.
Richest Hand Cream
Your hands will feel silky (not sticky) after applying Ahava Dead Sea Water Mineral Hand Cream ($20; ahavaus.com). It's packed with glycerin and skin-softening minerals like magnesium, calcium, and sodium.
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