Our Favorite Lightweight Body Moisturizers for Summer

June 02, 2022
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | skincare.com by L'Oréal
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While we bathe in our rich balms and heavy creams during the winter, they can sometimes feel too thick in the summer heat. So when the temperatures rise, our body-care collection consists of fast-absorbing body lotions with a barely-there feel that still deliver impressive moisture and nourishment.  Because no matter what time of year it is, we definitely won’t want to deal with dry patches and cracked skin.

Ahead, a look at some of our favorite body lotions for summer.

Best Lightweight Daily Body Moisturizer: CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

In search of an all-in-one product that is great for the face, body and hands? CeraVe has you covered. This everyday lotion is made with hyaluronic acid and three essential ceramides to provide long-lasting hydration. It’s fragrance- and oil-free, non-comedogenic and perfect for all skin types.

cerave daily moisturizing lotion

Best Lightweight Body Moisturizer for All Skin Types: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Lotion

Just because you want a lightweight feel doesn’t mean your lotion has to feel any less luxurious. Case in point: this intensely hydrating La Roche-Posay option, which is non-sticky, non-greasy and fast-absorbing. Formulated with shea butter, niacinamide and glycerin, the cream draws water into the skin’s surface to leave your body feeling smooth.

la roche posay lipikar body lotion

Best Rich, But Still Lightweight Body Moisturizer: Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Frappé Body Lotion

For a moisturizer that works just as well as it smells, try the Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Frappé Body Lotion. With a blend of almond oil, marzipan, tonka bean and vanilla, the nutrient-rich moisturizer gives your skin a subtly sweet scent. It’s also sulfate-, paraben-, petrolatum- and artificial color-free.

carols daughter almond cookie frappe body lotion

Best Lightweight Body Moisturizer for Dehydrated Skin: Vichy Ideal Body Serum Milk

While you load up on anti-aging face creams, it’s important not to neglect the skin below your chin in your youth-preserving routine. For an anti-aging body lotion, we’ve been loving this option from Vichy. The cream works to firm and hydrate dry skin. Plus, it won’t leave behind a greasy or oily residue.

vichy ideal body serum milk

Best Non-Greasy Body Moisturizer: Summer Fridays Summer Silk Nourishing Body Lotion

This fresh formula is made with plant-derived ingredients, is non-greasy and softens the skin in a snap. It also contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid and glycerin to provide long-lasting hydration. Call it summer in a bottle.

summer fridays summer silk nourishing body lotion

Best Scented Lightweight Body Moisturizer: Sol de Janeiro Beija Flor Elasti-Cream with Collagen and Squalane

For a lightweight moisturizer that absorbs like lightning, try this elast-cream with collagen and squalane. It helps tame fine lines, targets loss of firmness and smells heavenly.

sol de janeiro beija flor elasti cream with collagen and squalane
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