While we all happily welcome the pleasant cold winter weather, the cold air does bring some unpleasant effects, especially related to our skin. Low temperatures coupled with low humidity levels remove the moisture from our skin, making it dry and itchy. There are times when the weather does cause the skin to crack and even bleed. If you have indoor heating then your skin tends to be drier than others because of the lack of humidity. Winter is when most skin problems like eczema or psoriasis also flare-up.

Let’s be honest, while we all have a habitual skincare routine that we follow, what we tend to forget is that our skin reacts to the weather that we are in. So as the weather changes, so should our routines. The face washes, body lotions and moisturisers that we use during the summer months are not going to work on our skin during winter. Time to look into more emollient, more nourishing, creamy concoctions that make your skin silky smooth while delivering oodles of moisture.

Few things that can prevent your skin from drying out

First, you should avoid taking long hot showers. As much as you need a hot shower on a cold day, hot water strips your skin of essential oils. Take lukewarm showers instead. Nourish your hands and lips regularly with lip scrubs and balms. Hydration is the most important thing you can do for your skin this winter. During the winter months we don’t feel thirsty as much, so consciously try to drink water.

What does one do to keep your body nourished and soft during these months? We say, moisturize moisturise moisturise! You may have to switch from your regular lightweight moisturisers or body lotions to something thicker and heavier – cream-based ones, thick lotions to even oil-based balms. Look for ingredients that help keep the essential oils in your skin intact and help you hydrate your skin.

Here are 8 of the best and most affordable body lotions, creams and balms to buy this year.

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Fruity Moisturisin' Duo (Crème Body Lotions) by Plum Lovin', Rs 570

Filled with Brazilian nut oils, sunflower oil and kokum butter this fruity lotion is going to keep your skin hydrated. It’s every fruit lovers dream and a non-sticky product at that. And just like all products by Plum, it’s vegan and cruelty free.

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Body lotion & Moisturiser- Neroli Nights by Colorbar, Rs 345

It’s a bend of sweet orange, neroli oils with vanilla extract which gives it a sweet fragrance. Its fast absorbing non-greasy formula makes sure your skin stays hydrated without being too sticky making it a perfect day lotion. Suitable for both men and women, it contains a 2 in 1 one formula that can be used after a shower and throughout the day. It also contains coco and shea butter for deep skin mositurising.

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Deep Nourish Rosehip Calendula and Shea Butter balm by RAS Luxury Oils, Rs 990

It’s an all in one body balm that can not only be used for deep moisturising of the elbows but also as a hair mask for dry and frizzy hair and a strengthening cream for your nails and cuticles.  Made up of Mango Butter, Kokum Butter, Sal Butter, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Hibiscus, Neem, Turmeric, Vitamin E, Geranium Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil. The multi-purpose balm helps soften and smoothen the skin creating a barrier layer which helps seal in the moisture. Since its water-free, its thicker than other lotions and has a balmy texture to it.

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Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Dry Skin, Rs 855

It is formulated with hydrating pre-biotic colloidal and rich emollient which can hydrate any dry skin from day one. Its fast-absorbing and non-greasy which makes it a perfect lotion for daily use. It cleanses your body of any impurities and restores the PH balance of the skin.

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Perenne Hydrating Body Lotion with Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Hyaluronic Acid, Rs 675

Contains both Vitamin E and Shea butter which deeply nourishes skin making it soft and supple. The green tea and chamomile extracts make it perfect for sensitive skin and lightens skin tone. The hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin while also reducing dullness and dryness.  Not only does it lighten your skin tone but it also prevent tanning from the harsh winter sun.

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Greek Yogurt and Lavender Body Moisturiser by Global Beauty Secrets, Rs 900

Greek yogurt is not only healthy for your body but it does wonders for your skin. The yogurt present in this lotion soothes the skin and protects it from sunburn. The lotion is filled with proteins, vitamins and minerals which help remove the dead skin cells. Lavender essential oils have a calming fragrance. It can be used daily at all times.

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Arata Moisturising Body Lotion, Rs 540

Filled with shea, cocoa, mango and kokum butter this lotion keeps the skin hydrated and supple. The eucalyptus and spearmint fragrance helps keep you fresh while also being gentle on your skin. 100% nature-derived keeping up with vegan policy and cruelty-free terms of the company. It is for those who have dry and sensitive skin.

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Bombay Shaving Company launches Moringa Body Yogurt, Rs 425

Enriched with super foods to make your winter skin feel soft and supple, this lotion is suitable for both men and women. With up to 48 hours of hydration, the Body Yogurt is lightweight and non-greasy with no toxins. It is suitable for all skin types, it has Moringa leaves that help firm up the skin to reduce wrinkles, blemishes & free radical damage. Moringa extracts are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and Omega fatty acids, to protect the skin’s moisture barrier and improve skin elasticity. The lotion penetrates deep into the skin and locks-in moisture along with boosting skin’s natural moisturisers, With the earthy, floral scent of Moringa, the body yogurt absorbs into your skin within seconds, even while damp, making it an absolute essential for the winter season.

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Sukanya Mohanty

Sukanya has perviously worked with Elle India and GQ India. She is a fitness enthusiast and you will always find her with headphones in her ears as she loves music.