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People and TODAY Beauty Awards 2015: Body care winners

From body washes to moisturizers and razors, body products are some of the most-often used. But are you using the best?
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Body-care items are the unsung heroes of the beauty world. From soaps and moisturizers, to razors and deodorant, these are some of the most-used items in our bathrooms.

But is one body lotion really better than the rest? In a word, yes! (Like a groundbreaking moisturizer that works while you're still in the shower.)

Along with our friends at People magazine, we've launched the first-ever People and TODAY Beauty Awards, featuring the best-of-the-best hair, makeup, skin and body products to buy right now. Our team of testers (including Kathie Lee and Hoda) did the tough job of trying hundreds of lotions, potions, masks and mascaras over two weeks to bring you the 44 must-have items.

TODAY fashion contributor Jill Martin and PEOPLE style and beauty director Andrea Lavinthal pose in front of the hundreds of beauty products we tested. Stay tuned this week to see which items made the cut!Brandon Goodwin / TODAY

The best part? Each product comes straight from the drugstore, so there's no need to blow a paycheck on a fancy eyeshadow palette (ahem, we found a great one for less than $20).

Now that we've announced a different category each day this week — like the all-star hair products, must-have makeup items and skin-care superstars — it's time for the most effective, innovative and yummy-smelling new body products to try now.

Samantha Okazaki and Stephania Stanley / TODAY

1. Best shave cream

Completely Bare Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel, $9

Samantha Okazaki and Stephania Stanley / TODAY

In-grown hairs and razor burn, be gone! This moisturizing gel contains dissolving beads that nourish skin as you shave.

2. Best lightweight lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Sheer Hydration Lotion, $6.99; at drugstores

Don't let this ultra-light formula fool you. While it won't leave a greasy feel, the oatmeal-infused lotion does wonders for dry winter skin.

3. Best deodorant

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.49; at drugstores

If you think all deodorants are created equal, think again. This spray-on formula (offered in six fresh scents) dries instantly and won't leave those annoying white marks on your clothes.

4. Best hand cream

Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $9.99; Target stores

'Tis the season for cold winds and dry hands. Battle the elements with this aloe-infused hand cream that offers long-lasting protection.

5. Best self-tanner

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Serum, $10.99; at drugstores

Self-tanner can be a bit scary. You don't want to look streaky, stained or, worst of all, orange. Luckily, this smooth formula glides onto skin, adding a hint of golden glow without fear.

6. Best body wash

Nivea Coconut Moisturizing Body Wash $5.99; at drugstores

Let's start by saying, coconut-scented body wash is a great way to wake up in the morning. But in addition to that, this lathering body wash leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

7. Best in-shower body lotion

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer, $6.99; at drugstores

Get ready for a real game-changer: This moisturizing lotion actually works while you're in the shower. That's right, simply apply onto wet skin and achieve luminous skin instantly.

8. Best exfoliator

Botanics Mediterranean Eden Invigorating Body Scrub, $13.99; Target stores

Scrub away dull skin with this intoxicating mix of orange blossom and sea salt. We also love the sleek jar packaging!

9. Best dry skin treatment

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Relief Healing Serum, $7.99; at drugstores

Dry elbows and cracked skin have met their match with this serum that actually contains droplets of Vaseline jelly. Use a bit every day and watch your skin heal from the inside out.

10. Best razor

Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle, $13.99; at drugstores

This 2-in-1 tool has a five-blade razor on one side and an adjustable comb for bikini trimming on the other. It'll be the only hair-removing product you need!

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