7 silky body oils your skin will love all summer long
From subtle to sparkly
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / February 07 2021
Warm weather raises quite the conundrum in the body care department; you want your skin to look gloriously glossy, glowy and gorgeous at all times, yes, but it's way too hot to be coating your sweaty limbs in thick creams.
So, what's a dry-skinned gal to do when she wants to keep her glow game high amid equally steep temperatures? Go for oils, of course.
Able to deliver softer, firmer-looking skin in a flash, body oils save you serious time in the absorption arena, as they soak in super quickly and dive even deeper than traditional moisturiser options. And hey, the luxurious-looking sheen they leave you with isn't exactly a downside, either.
So, whatever style you're after, from sparkly to subtle, we've rounded up the best body oils in the biz, perfect for slathering on all summer long...
Sunday Riley Fairy Godmother Shimmering Body Oil Gel
Intended to deliver a bit of everyday magic to your beauty routine, this dry-finish oil-gel hybrid contains golden shimmer for an all over glow. The antioxidant and vitamin C rich formula boosts skin radiance and minimises the appearance of discoloration, while CoQ10 and gardenia extract nourishes skin for healthy, hydrated limbs.
Salt by Hendrix Neroli + Argan Body Oil
A luxurious vegan oil rich in vitamins C and E (for a mix of both brightening and nourishing benefits), the only thing better than the way it feels (spoiler alert: silky), is the way it’ll make your limbs look (spoiler no. 2: stunning).
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin E Shimmer Body Oil
Searching for an oil option that’ll deliver a shimmery sheen sans glitter? You need this tone-perfecting hydrator in your life ASAP; it’s even loaded with mica, a mineral that works to softly blur imperfections.
Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Oil
A duo of coconut and monoi oils take care of the hydrating, gloss-enhancing part of the equation, while a dreamy frangipani fragrance handles the whole ‘making you want to reapply multiple times per minute’ thing.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil
Want to smell like coconuts and vanilla? Oh, of course you do, who are we kidding? However, it also doesn’t hurt that this all-over scent comes with a serious serving of golden sparkle.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Scented Body Oil
If it’s a citrus scent and delicately light feel you’re looking for, this argan, sweet almond and apricot kernel oil combo (fragranced with lemon, orange and bergamot) will certainly work a treat.
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil
Billed by the brand as ‘sun-kissed summer skin in a bottle’, it’s practically the gold standard in body oils (in more ways than one considering it’s infused with literal gold leaf; fancy, huh?).
NARS Monoi Body Glow II
The OG tinted version may get most of the hype, but this glossy guy is, in our opinion, extremely underrated. It favours shine over shimmer for a more subtle finish and smells like a bouquet of fresh Tahitian florals – delightful.