Best Moisturizers For Winters: Tried and Tested

Written by Baishali Bhattacharya

I like dragons, but it’s best if the scales remain on them, don’t they? Unless you’re actually trying to look like a mythical creature or a reptile, you wouldn’t want to see dry scaly patches on your own skin. Guys, please moisturize. It helps your skin look healthier and prevents cold burns. Winter is the season we even think of lotions. You can get out of it during the summers, but during the winters, it’s not the prettiest sight to witness. We tried and compiled a list of lotions that will keep you hydrated all winter.

Best Moisturizer For The Winters

We, here at StyleCraze, have people with various skin types and preferences so you this will probably help you relate much more. This is what we have to say about the moisturizers available in the market.

‘Jergens Soothing Aloe Refreshing Moisturizer’ And ‘Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion’

Used By: Reshmi, Chief Editor

My skin type: I have a combination skin. While my face gets oily too soon, my hand and body remain dry most of the time. I dread winters as my skin gets scaly and itchy.

My picks this winter: ‘Jergens Soothing Aloe Refreshing Moisturizer’ and ‘Olay Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter Moisturizing Body Lotion.’

Buy Jergens Soothing Aloe For ₹ 317 @

Buy Olay Body Body Lotion For ₹ 1,537 @

Olay or Jergens?

After using it day and night, I found that Jergens only works for day moisturizing. Although I like the texture and the mild scent, Jergens isn’t long lasting. Olay, on the other hand, makes your skin softer and lasts over eight hours-the reason why I use it in the night. The shea butter certainly makes your skin feel smooth. If you are using Jergens, then do carry the bottle wherever you go as you need to reapply every two hours.

Final verdict: Olay is best for winter care.

Himalaya Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion

Used By: Shirin, Writer For Yoga

My Skin Type: Being a girl from the sea-side, I never knew what dry skin was until I moved to a dry place. My skin, that otherwise seemed healthy and hydrated became dry and flaky. I would scratch my skin all the time, more so with the onset of winters.

My Pick This Winter: Himalaya’s Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion

Buy Himalaya Herbals Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion For ₹ 249 @

Why Himalaya?

At the outset, I absolutely love the subtle fragrance that lingers throughout the day. It feels fresh and rejuvenating. The product itself is thick and creamy; therefore it lasts all day. Its effect does fade out by night, but I prefer it that way so that my skin gets some time to breathe. The lotion has Cocoa Butter that is known for its moisturizing properties. It heals the skin and prevents it from cracking and drying. Cocoa butter is also loaded with antioxidants. This moisturizer also contains wheat germ oil that is a great source of Vitamin E. It helps to nourish the skin from within while boosting its elasticity. Although it is a heavy lotion, it doesn’t feel greasy. The skin absorbs the product in no time. It is perfect when the weather is cold and dry.

A quick tip to ensure maximum moisture retention—I apply the lotion immediately after my bath, when my skin is not completely dry. The skin is most receptive to moisture at this time, and therefore, it ensures maximum absorption.

Final Verdict: My skin remains soft and supple all through a winter day with Himalaya’s Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion.

Nivea Body Nourishing Milk

Used By: Tanya, Writer for Ingredients

My Skin Type: I’m the unfortunate owner of skin that works in extremes. It’s super-oily (with an ugly shine that reflects light) in summers, remains combination during spring and monsoon, and gets as dry and dead as the weather outside during the winters.

My Take This Winter: Nivea Body Nourishing Milk



Buy Nivea Nourishing Lotion For ₹ 315 @

Why Nivea?

I try and look for a moisturizing cream that can suit my skin all through the year, one that is quite handy and affordable. Nivea has been my trusted alliance since the first time I was introduced to it. I was 19, and a little paranoid about choosing one from a range of brands suggested to me. So, I went for one of the cheapest, and I regret nothing.

Even though Nivea Body Nourishing Milk is cheap (at least compared to its competitors) it falls nothing short in effectiveness. Believe it or not, it works for all my skin avatars—from dry to oily, leaving me with a smooth skin soft as a baby’s bum without any overwhelming scent (exactly the way I like it).

The only downside to this amazing lotion is its duration—it doesn’t stay longer than 8 to 10 hours, which is okay for me, but might be a concern for others. Otherwise, this product has never let me down in the past 4 years, and I hope our association remains so forever.

Final Verdict: Nivea Body Nourishing Milk is the best for those who have a skin type like mine, so check it out!

‘Forest Essentials’ And ‘The Body Shop’

Used By: Kushneet, Writer for Home Remedies

My Skin Type: From having a normal to dry skin, my skin is transitioning to the combination type. My T-zone gets oily during summers and winter is for dry, flaky skin. The skin on my body is normal to dry, with dryness and itchiness happening in winters.

My Picks This Winter: ‘Forest Essential Light Day Lotion Madurai Jasmine & Mogra’ and ‘The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter.’

Buy Forest Essentials Light Day For ₹ 1,750 @

Buy Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter For ₹ 1,319 @

Forest Essentials or The Body Shop?

The fragrance of the Forest Essentials lotion is just heavenly—so refreshing and calming. When I first had a whiff of this lotion, I was a little taken aback as initially; it feels very overpowering. Once I applied it after taking a shower, I felt like a princess who had just bathed in jasmine water. Application and absorption take a while as it is a rich lotion and skin hydration lasts for a couple of hours.

The Body Shop body butters are famous for their incredibly nourishing and hydrating properties. The same applies to the Honeymania Body Butter. The fragrance is subtle and comforting. It takes a while to get absorbed into the skin, though. Compared to the Forest Essentials lotion, it is more nourishing for the skin and the hydration lasts longer as well.

Final Verdict: To be honest, I love both the body lotions. I use them alternatively during the winters, depending on my mood. For normal to dry skin, both the lotions work well. However, I would recommend The Body Shop body butter if you have very dry skin.

Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore

Used By: Arshiya, Writer For Hairstyles

My Skin Type: Normal for most of the year. But come winter, and my whole body starts scaling up like a snake.

My Pick This Winter: Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore

Buy Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore Body Lotion For ₹ 117 @

Why Vaseline?

Holy crap, this moisturizer ticked all my boxes for the perfect lotion. I’m the kind of person who lets her dry skin scale and flake because I hate the greasy sensation left behind by lotions. So I was pleasantly surprised when I used the Vaseline moisturizer. First up, it’s completely non-greasy, the way it promises to be. It is also very lightweight and is absorbed by your skin within a couple of minutes. And because it contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly, it does provide quicker moisturization. My skin felt healthy, soft, and supple after just one use and stayed that way for the next two days without reapplication (I got lazy :P ). So, I would recommend using it every day to get the best results.

Final Verdict: Go for it. And thank me later.

Patanjali Body Lotion

Used By: Sandhya, Copywriter

My Skin Type: I have dry skin that gets dehydrated and scaly during winters. I usually up my moisturization game during this time. I end up applying lotion before bed as well, apart from the usual after shower ritual in the mornings.

My Pick This Winter: Patanjali Body Lotion

Buy Pantanjali Body Lotion  @

Why Patanjali?

It absorbs into your skin really well and locks in the moisture for a long, long time. I think that works well for moisturizing waist down, especially during winters under tight denims. It keeps your skin hydrated and soft.

Final Verdict: It’s a light formula that does a good job at hydrating your skin. It leaves skin supple when left in through the night. I like that the size of the 100 ml bottle, makes it convenient to carry to work or leave it on your desk.

‘Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion’ And ‘Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea’

Used By: Komal, Writer For Makeup

My Skin Type: My face is oily, but I can’t say the same for my body. It requires some lotion, especially in the winters when I can’t go on without a good moisturizer.

My Pick This Winter: ‘Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion’ and ‘Bath and Body Works Ultra Shea’ (Any fragrance from them is fantastic)

Buy Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion For ₹ 3,373 @

Bath And Body Works or Aveeno?

If you haven’t realized already, anything by Bath and Body Works is going to make you happy if you are an appreciator of smells. Yes, I just said that and if you haven’t walked into a Bath and Body Works store, let me paint you a picture. Imagine the doors opening and an explosion of heavenly scents enveloping your body. They come up with such brilliant products; you definitely have to check them out! The Ultra Shea range works best in the winters as they are more moisturizing.

Aveeno is best suited for those who want to get the job done without anything extra. This lotion is fragrance-free and is an excellent choice if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin. It helps to relieve any itching that comes with the dryness. I found that using this for my feet made my skin in those areas look so much healthier and brighter.

Final Verdict: If you like the fancy luxious smelling stuff, then anything by Bath and Body Works is probably your thing. Aveeno is a simple product and gets the job done efficiently, and you don’t have to worry about its scent.

Well, there you go, a list of the best lotions for winter- tried, tested and approved! As mentioned before StyleCraze comprises a broad range of skin types and individual interests. Each of us has pointed out our favorites so that you can figure out where your interest lies and pick that one! You wouldn’t get such a detailed run-down anywhere else. You heard it first here folks!

Recommended Articles:

Was this article helpful?
The following two tabs change content below.
Baishali has a master’s degree in English and is an associate editor. She specializes in makeup and fashion and reviews products that fall under these categories. Prior to this, she worked with a digital marketing company in Kolkata where she wrote stories on travel, beauty, and home décor. When she is not working, Baishali loves reading and having intense discussions over a cup of tea.