I love the glow the summer sun gives my skin—well, at least now that I am an adult and comfortable in my deep-brown skin. There was a time when I'd hide from the sun to avoid getting darker. But these days, it's all about basking in the summer sun with sun protection, of course, and using natural body oils to make my brown skin shine in strappy dresses and short shorts.
Body lotions and heavy creams are my go-to in fall, winter, and even spring because they keep the dry patches often induced by the dry Los Angeles air at bay. But there is nothing like body oil to give you an "I just got back from a tropical vacation" vibe even if you haven't left the 10-mile radius of your home. Now, you might be thinking body oils are a no-no because mixing oil with pretty dresses, showstopping bikinis, and white summer suits sounds like it has potential for a big mess (and stained clothes).
But I'm here to tell you there are oils out there that—when applied correctly (usually after a shower while the skin is damp)—won't leave you with oil all over your summer wardrobe. Keep scrolling for our top picks.
Anything Nars makes is a bop in my book. I never leave home without my Radiant Creamy Concealer, and its Body Glow lives up to the Nars standard. Not only does the oil give the skin a healthy, hydrating glow, but reviewers even say Body Glow acts as a natural mosquito repellent (thanks to the Monoï oil).
Handcrafted with natural ingredients ethically sourced from artisans across Africa, this Fair for Life–certified body oil is packed with hydrating Egyptian jojoba, Ghanaian baobab, Nigerian Moringa, and Moroccan rose-hip and argan oils that nourish the skin from head to toe.
If you shave or wax, a body oil made to soothe even your most sensitive skin areas like the bikini line, underarms, and legs post–hair removal can give you a softening glow and help keep ingrown hairs and irritation at bay.