Olay Quench Ultra Moisture Body Lotion, $9.99, 20.2 ounces No dramatic results, but this seemed to be a fine everyday lotion that smelled and felt good on the skin. It absorbed quickly without leaving any residue. Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Fast Absorbing Lotion, $11.99, 16.9 ounces Goes on smoothly, is odorless and doesn't leave a greasy film. Doctors recommend it for sensitive skin conditions, such as eczema. Johnson's Body Care 24-hour Body Lotion, $5.99, 14 ounces Skin felt much softer, though not for the full 24 hours. But it absorbed quickly and didn't leave a sticky residue, so jeans and tights pulled on smoothly right after application -- something we appreciate on those rushed mornings. Nivea Body Skin Firming Moisturizer, $10.49, 13.5 ounces We saw an immediate improvement in skin tone and texture. Use in conjunction with a more emollient lotion for dryer areas (hands, feet, elbows) and you'll be set. Jergens Naturals Ultra Hydrating Daily Moisturizer, $7.49, 16.8 ounces Moisturizing but nongreasy, it did the job and has a nice light scent. Dove Cream Oil Shea Butter Body Lotion for Extra Dry Skin, $7.99, 13.5 ounces Lighter than it sounds like it will be, and we found that using it just once a day made skin softer and more supple. But users have to like the fragrance of shea butter or this is a nonstarter. Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil, $7.49, 6.8 ounces Definitely a good moisturizer, and it imparts a natural glow, but perhaps it's a little too heavy for Los Angeles' mild climate. Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E, $5.99, 8.5 ounces It soothes, moisturizes, evens skin tone and helps prevent stretch marks, said our tester, who had used it before, when she was pregnant. Arms and legs felt moist all day, even in cold weather. Icing on the cake: It smells a little like chocolate. Vaseline Sheer Infusion Mineral Renewal Body Lotion, $7.99, 6.8 ounces This worked remarkably well on dry skin. It's thick but not goopy and lasted all day. This new line from Vaseline contains an ingredient called urea, which is generally prescribed for patients with eczema and not something common in over-the-counter products.
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