And if you want to go a step further, applying your body lotion to wet skin will help it spread more easily and lock moisture in, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Every moisturizer is different, but if you just used a physical scrub in the shower, you’ll want to select a product that contains gentle, healing ingredients rather than more intense exfoliants like AHAs, BHAs, retinol, etc. After all, body scrubs provide some exfoliation already, and you don’t want to double up.
Our pick for gentle, nourishing hydration: The mbg posbiotic body lotion. This formula was specifically designed to tend to the moisture barrier, support proper microbiome function, and protect the skin from oxidative stress (which can lead to premature skin aging). The blend of rich shea butter, pre- and postbiotics, coconut oil, and aloe vera provide an all-around dose of moisture that’s perfect for post-exfoliation. And if you’re sensitive to fragrance, it comes in an unscented version as well.