Why You Should Ditch Your Moisturizer for a Body Luminizer
I'm obsessed with body moisturizers, but I also realize I'm the outlier here. I've met few people that get as psyched as I do about lotions for your limbs. I get it: About 80 percent of the time, your arms and legs are covered with clothes, and right there next to floss, moisturizer is one of the most boring beauty products. But thanks to a surge of shimmery new products, I've figured out a way to get people to hop on the body moisturizer bandwagon.
Body luminizers are essentially cooler versions of the standard body cream you reach for after you get out of the shower. They lightly hydrate your arms and legs while imparting a luminous glow or a subtle, finely-milled glitter that catches the light. Consider them the grown-up take on the multi-colored glittered body shimmer sprays you bought from Bath & Body Works and slathered all over your arms in the early 2000s. Along with SPF, a body luminizer is one of the best summer beauty investments you can make.
Rihanna just revolutionized the category with her new "Body Lava," but she's hardly the first to come up with a formula worth trying. Here, six of my favorites.
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ST. TROPEZ TANNING ESSENTIALS One Night Only Finishing Body Gloss
If a self-tanner and a body highlighter had a baby, this would be it. This product is designed for when you want a little body shimmer and the teeniest-tiniest tan. It subtly tints your arms and legs and supplies a glossy finish that rinses off the second you jump in the shower.
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Slimmer Shimmer Shape, Hydrate & Glow
Applying bronzer to your arms and legs with a makeup brush can get streaky, messy, and complicated. Simplify the method with Charlotte Tilbury's firming liquid body luminizer, which gives skin a glossy sheen without streaks or splotchy patches.
Pacifica Crystal Glow Power Shimmer Body Lotion
This vegan body shimmer is made with ingredients like aloe and watermelon to keep your skin soft and hydrated, while rose quartz imparts a pretty shimmer.
L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk
If you want a lasting tan, this vitamin E-enriched body lotion is your best budget-friendly bet. Over time, it supplies a light and luminous bronze while leaving your arms and legs super soft.
MOROCCANOIL Shimmering Body Oil
Argan and sesame oil provide hydration, but also protection from environmental aggressors because they're both rich in antioxidants. This product, which holds the brand's signature Tropical scent, is also made with pearlescent minerals to give your skin a pretty radiance.
Fenty Beauty Body Lava
Leave it to Rihanna to revolutionize yet another beauty category. Her Body Lava isn't a cream or a lotion, but instead a light, tinted gel that glides across the surface of your skin, sinking in and leaving a sunlit glow thanks to micropearls that pick up beautifully when you take a selfie.