This Is The Single Most Important Product If You Want Glistening Summer Skin

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 the fall, winter, and even the 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, show-stopping bikinis, and white summer suits sound like the potential for a big mess (and stained clothes).

But I’m here to tell you, there are oils out there—when applied correctly (usually after a shower while the skin is damp)—that 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 their body glow lives up to the Nars standard. Not only does the oil give the skin a healthy, hydrating glow, but reviewers even say the body glow acts as a natural mosquito repellent (thanks to the Monoï oil).

Great for all-over hydration, this multitasker moisturizes the body and can be used as a hair mask. Just apply root to tip and leave it for 30 minutes to soak up all this oil has to offer.

You don’t have to worry about this ultra-fine dry oil leaving unwanted stains on your clothes or any fabric you come in contact with because the antioxidant-rich trio of oils—sunflower seed, grapeseed, and oat—absorb into the skin in seconds.

If golden hour was bottled, this is what I imagine it would look like. Layer this with SPF to add a touch of shimmer (or a lot) to your pool days.

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 oils, Nigerian moringa, and Moroccan rosehip and argan oils that nourish the skin from head to toe.

The dropper design makes it easy to apply the omega-rich oil to the shoulders and décolletage to highlight those delicate areas you want to show off in your new halter jumpsuit or strapless dress.

This beloved body oil is like summer in a bottle with notes of white florals and amber sandalwood. It’s also worth noting that this shimmering body oil (which comes in gold and rose gold) compliments various skin tones.

Dry oil with a bit of bronze is a perfect summertime companion. For a subtle glow, use a brush to apply this shea butter-infused oil to your décolleté, legs, and shoulders to avoid losing all the shimmer on the palms of your hands.

Love La Mer’s Renewal Body Oil? Well, the new balm formula makes it even easier to take on the go without the fear of spilling a drop. The balm melts down into the lightly scented, hydrating oil formula we all love.

Oui the People is in the business of mindful body care. The brand’s fragrance-free (a win for sensitive skin) serum-like oil made with olive-derived squalane, rosehip, and avocado hydrates without any stickiness and lingering oiliness.

An oil that provides up to 80 minutes of sun protection? Yes, please.

Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta knows how to make the skin glow, and recreating his signature healthy, dewy skin looks are just a bottle of Major Glow away.

With notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, and saffron, this multipurpose dry oil can be used on the body and hair as it provides an extra treat for the senses.

Offering a light scent, subtle glow, and the ability to moisturize without leaving a greasy film, we understand why this shimmer oil comes so highly rated by reviewers.

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. Next, This $18 Skincare Gem Can Be Used 3 Different Ways to Create an Effortless Glow