Here’s Why We Think You Still Need Body Moisturizer in the Summer
We get it — lathering moisturizer onto your body during the dog days of summer might not sound appealing, especially when temps reach double digits. But, we’re here to tell you that you should think twice before skipping out on moisturizer. We tapped Dr. Macrene Alexiades, a board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert to find out if you should use body lotion in the summer, plus some of our editors’ top lightweight picks to shop.
Why We Think You Shouldn’t Skip Moisturizer in the Summer
Picture this: you just spent the day either at the beach in the salty water and sun or inside enjoying the cool, refreshing air conditioning. In both scenarios, your skin is being exposed to conditions that can be drying to the skin. “Air conditioning with dehumidification causes dry air, which is a major contributor to dry skin,” Dr. Alexiades says. “Exposure to salt water and sun can not only damage skin but can also dry out the skin and lead to peeling and cracking.” As a result, we think moisturizer is necessary all year round. “I’m a big fan of moisturizers on the heels, elbows, knees and extremities in the summer after bathing to lock in hydration,” Dr. Alexiades says.
Our Summer Moisturizer Picks
This body cream was made with dry skin in mind, replenishing the skin’s essential oils without feeling greasy or sticky.
With ingredients like aloe vera and oatmeal, this grapefruit-scented hand and body lotion absorbs easily for a softer, smoother and more hydrated skin.
Indulge in this subtly perfumed body lotion that leaves skin feeling supple and satin-y.
Let this plum-scented daily moisturizer help your skin glow from head to toe. It’s enriched with fruit AHAs to gently exfoliate any bumpy or rough patches when used daily for radiant, remarkably soft skin.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn