My desert island beauty product (as in, I only get to bring one) would have to be body lotion. The mere thought of getting out of the shower and not slathering it from head to toe makes me cringe, but just try putting on one of the watery trial sizes in a hotel bathroom and you’ll soon realize that all body lotions are not created equal. Growing up, my mom raised me as a lifelong Curel girl, and while I still keep a liter-sized bottle in my bathroom, I’ve realized some other versions may have it beat when it comes to truly smoothing parched summer skin. We polled our beauty council of experts to find out which lotions they can’t live without, and they spilled their luxe faves and drugstore finds below.
I’m always in a rush, and most of the time I can’t be bothered to apply body lotion at all. However, when I have this in my shower, I’ll use it. You rub it onto damp skin – it only takes two seconds to absorb, the hydration lasts for days, and the coconut scent is delicious without smelling like sunscreen.
— Dawn Spinner Davis, beauty director at TotalBeauty.com