The Best Lightweight Body Lotions for Summer

Rachel Krause

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For all of its (very) positive qualities, summer seems to have a way of making our faces oily and the rest of our bodies a little drier than usual. Between sun, sand, and surf (or, hey, the neighborhood pool works too!), it’s hard for the season to not take a toll on our bodies. Summer is also when we’re least likely to layer on the heavy-duty moisturizers, so we reach for these 5 tried-and-true lightweight body lotions instead.

Lotion-KiehlsKiehl’s Creme de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion ($25,
The original Creme de Corps formula is beloved for its richness, but when you value a lightweight feel over a thick, creamy texture, this convenient lightweight adaptation is perfect. They mean it when they say it’s a “dress-and-go” formula: You can slather the stuff all over without suffering the adverse effects of oily or sticky residue.

Lotion-JasonJĀSÖN Soothing Aloe Vera Sheer Spray Lotion ($9.89,
A super lightweight lotion that comes in a spray dispenser? Perfect. The continuous spray means you can reach, well, hard-to-reach areas with ease, leaving no square inch of skin unaddressed. The aloe in this formula makes it perfect for post-sun skin, with chamomile and ginseng to sooth.

Lotion-KorresKorres Vanilla Freesia Lychee Body Milk ($24.50,
If deep moisture with a barely-there finish is what you want (nay, need), this nourishing body milk packs a powerful punch despite its silky feel. We’ll also note that the fragrance, with sweet vanilla and freesia, is beyond, and just enough scent to leave you smelling amazing but not overpowering.

Lotion-John MastersJohn Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk ($18,
Aloe vera is the first listed ingredient in this soothing, nutrient-rich formula—that’s how you know it’s for real. Add coconut oil, vitamins, blood orange, and arnica into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a lightweight moisturizing powerhouse. It smells glorious, and seriously leaves no stone unturned when it comes to maintaining soft, gorgeous summer skin.

Lotion-JergensJergens Soothing Aloe Refreshing Moisturizer ($3.83,
If you weren’t already aware, aloe is a must-have—not just for summer, but for any time of year, given its incredibly calming anti-inflammatory effect on all skin types. This budget pick is no less worthy, despite its low, low price: Even the driest skin will get an upgrade, thanks to the high glycerin content and moisture-retaining properties.

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