Just because your skin is no longer suffering from the aggressive drying effects of blustery winds and indoor heat, doesn’t mean it’s okay to skimp on body moisturizer. Though summer humidity does in fact keep skin a little more hydrated – when the air is moist it sucks less moisture from your skin — air conditioning, chlorine, constant shaving, and increased sun exposure dry out the dermis, too. The only problem: That same humidity can make you feel sweaty and slick, especially after slathering on a heavy cream. The key to smooth, never greasy skin come summer is finding the right formula. Switch out your winter-apropro option for a lighter lotion instead. Below, the best body lotions for humid weather and hot temps.
Dry skin begone with this water-based body balm from Neutrogena. It packs a mega dose of skin-plumping, super-hydrating hyaluronic acid for a formulation that absorbs in seconds and doesn’t sit heavy on the surface of skin. If you’re seeking a similar product with SPF, try Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50 instead.
This “oil-in-water” cream is formulated with the brand’s signature moisture-attracting blend of coconut and sugar to provide hydration that lasts for up to 72 hours. The fluffy formula melts into skin, leaving behind the perfect scent for summer — think warm, toasted coconut.
Not only is this one of the brand’s best-selling products, but some reviewers even go so far as to declare it the holy grail of body lotions. Almond Milk Concentrate is deliciously creamy without being heavy or greasy, and it smells faintly sweet and a little earthy, making it perfect for those who prefer little to no scent. Best of all, it delivers weightless hydration that lasts for two days.
The body lotion is formulated with safflower seed oil and shea butter, which melt into the skin quickly without feeling greasy or overbearing even on the hottest days. It also boasts soothing rose absolute and rose extract for a freshly-cut scent, along with comfrey, cucumber, and ivy extracts.
Hop aboard the CBD bandwagon with this cannabis sativa-infused body cream by Deew. (Get it? It’s weed spelled backwards.) The lotion itself is bouncy and light, thanks to its water-based formulation that’s loaded with hyper-hydrating organic cannabis sativa seed oil. It also contains a nourishing blend of vitamins and essential oils — all of which smell more earthy than hemp-like.
The Body Shop sells their body yogurt in a number of scents — each with the same vegan, gel-cream formulation — but we’re highlighting their limited-edition cactus blossom. The scent is juicy, fresh, and subtly sweet, and it contains real cactus flower extract from Morocco as well as community trade organic almond milk from Spain. The yogurt is best applied to damp skin fresh out of the shower and leaves a silky, non-sticky finish.
You can do a bit of skin care multitasking with St. Tropez’ latest launch. Not only does this water-based lotion leave you hydrated via hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract, and a splash of coconut oil, but it also gradually delivers a golden glow every time you use it. Apply the lotion to towel-dried skin every day, making sure to smooth it on evenly and thoroughly, and avoid showering or swimming for eight hours.
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