Body lotion might be the last thing on your mind during the hot and humid summer months, but trust us, it’s still very important. When you are outdoors, the heat, sun, and humidity can wreak havoc on your skin. Indoors, we have the effects of air conditioning. ACs create a cool, but dehumidified environment that can dry out your skin, making it look ashy, thin, and wrinkly. Using a daily body moisturizer can combat all of these effects.
It can also make your skin look great. Healthy, moisturized skin reflects light more evenly, almost appearing to glow. Keeping your skin cells moisturized will also help your skin stay plump and firm, camouflaging concerns like cellulite.
The key to finding a body lotion that keeps your skin silky and not sticky is to find the right formula and ingredients for you. Trust us, there is the perfect summer body moisturizer out there for everyone. Here are some of our favorite body moisturizers (and some tips) to keep your skin in peak condition this summer.
For Mature Skin: There are a few tricks to keeping mature skin looking youthful during the summer. A big one is to take a shower with cooler water to avoid stripping the skin. You should also slather on a rich body butter at night to protect and repair. Applying it at night will ensure it is fully absorbed by the morning so you’ll have no need to worry about stickiness.
Try: Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Enrich Body Butter. This nourishing and luxuriously scented body butter is made with babbasu oil and murumuru butter to keep your skin looking young and radiant.
For Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: If moisturizer usually feels heavy on your oily skin or makes you break out; we have the answer for you. A lightweight, oil-free body lotion will keep your dry areas (such as elbows, knees, and upper thighs) moisturized without over-hydrating the rest of your skin or clogging pores.
Try: Urban Veda Purifying Body Lotion, a light, hydrating lotion that contains natural ingredients to detoxify your skin while improving its condition.
For Dry Skin: Those of you with dry skin need to keep your skin nourished and protected during the summer. This is the perfect time to try a light body oil with natural ingredients that will absorb quickly into your skin, conditioning and protecting it without leaving behind a heavy residue.
Try: Dr. Hauschka Almond St. John’s Wort Body Oil. The organic sunflower seed oil in this body treatment conditions while St. John’s Wort balances for soft and supple skin.
For Sensitive Skin: Summer’s extreme temperatures can irritate sensitive skin, leading to inflammation or redness. Keep your skin cool by using a lotion with soothing and calming ingredients. Storing your lotion in the fridge will keep it cold and instantly reduce redness upon application.
Try: Eucerin pH5 Skin-Protection Lotion, a soothing and hydrating lotion that will stimulate skin regeneration, strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, repair damage, and soothe irritation.
For men: In general, men’s skin is tougher, thicker, and oilier than women’s. However, this doesn’t mean that men can forgo moisturizing as they are also prone to dry, ashy skin and flakiness. A light moisturizer will keep their skin in tip-top condition.
Try: Dr. Organic Aloe Vera Skin Lotion. This lightly-scented, hydrating lotion contains aloe vera to soothe, coco butter to moisturize, and sunflower oil to restore and nourish.