Beauty

3 Body-Flattering Essentials for Silky, Sexy, Glowy Skin

3 Body-Flattering Essentials for
Silky, Sexy Glowy Skin

No matter your age, what shade your complexion, whether you tend to tan or burn, or even your feelings about bathing suits, everybody’s skin looks better in summer. A sun-warmed gleam is something we look forward to all year—and these three brilliant potions amplify a summer glow like nothing else (they also have the ability to create a summery glow in the dead of winter). They can also blur imperfections, give you back-from-the-beach-esque color, and even make you smell summery.

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The Perfect (Self-) Tan

A tan, whether it’s subtle or week-in-the-Maldives full-on, has the benefit of making almost anyone look their most radiant, svelte, and healthy.

Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water
Vita Liberata
Invisi Foaming Tan Water
goop, $39

This clear tanning water is an absolute dream to apply. It foams into a thick, hydrating mousse that sinks right into skin when applied with the Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt—and the clear color means there’s absolutely no residue or transfer to clothing or sheets. The quick-dry formula is infused with organic botanicals to moisturize skin while it works.

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Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt
Vita Liberata
Tanning Mitt
goop, $6.50

This super soft mitt makes applying flawless self-tanner easier than any other mitt we’ve tried. Dispense tanner onto the mitt and smooth over skin in circular motions. It protects your hands from stains, and it also makes any application smoother and more natural-looking (it works especially well with Vita Liberata’s mousses).

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Glow-Boosting Lotion

The brilliant makeup artist tip of mixing luminizing pigment into lotion for glowy, sexy red-carpet legs, arms, shoulders, and everything inspired this luminizing lotion, which is the ultimate instant glowy-skin trick. (We especially love it with backless dresses.)

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goop Beauty
GOOPGLOW Body Luminizer
goop, $48

For a soft, flattering glow, this featherweight lotion is instant magic on skin. A luxurious body luminizer for legs, shoulders, décolletage, collarbones—anywhere you want a candlelit glow—it smooths on in seconds and sinks right into skin. Light-reflecting minerals create a radiant, imperfection-blurring sheen, while Australian kakadu plum (a superfruit that’s one of the world’s richest sources of vitamin C) and hyaluronic acid plus sugarcane-derived squalane work together for a sexy dewiness.

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Burnishing Body Oil

If you’re going for subtle, healthy radiance and limbs that gleam as if caught in the golden light of the sun, a tinted body oil is pure magic. Smooth it on right after a bath or shower when skin is still damp to get the silkiest effect.

Balmyard Beauty Paradise Bronzing Oil Balmyard Beauty Paradise Bronzing Oil
Balmyard Beauty
Paradise Bronzing Oil
goop, $100

Smooth on this luminizing body oil to look—and feel—as if you’ve just blown in from a tropical vacation. Coffee oil and cacao (both sources of antioxidants) give the formula its rich, bronzy tint and heavenly scent—and deposit a gorgeous, sun-kissed burnish. Coconut and avocado oils moisturize, leaving skin gleamy, sexy, and silky.

In summer, a glow-boosting body treatment should instantly enhance your natural burnish so that you feel even less compelled to bask in the sun; the risk of skin cancer is very real, as are the dark spots and loss of collagen that spending time in the sun can cause. In colder months, these formulas instantly wake up dull or tired skin (we love a bronzy arm poking out of a creamy cashmere sweater). They’re all clean, nontoxic, and filled with nourishing plant extracts and oils that leave skin not just unstoppably gleamy but also silky, revived, and summertime fresh, no matter what the season.

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