Your summer skincare guide

It’s time for some sunshine! Prep and smooth your skin with only the best summer beauty buys.

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The arrival of long, sunny summer days means picnics, beach fun, and day trips are just around the corner. But for many ladies that also means revealing skin that hasn’t seen the outside world in months. You might be feeling dry, pasty, or just plain old pale. So For Her put together everything you need to shed that dull winter skin for a beautiful, healthy, sun-kissed glow. Get ready to be absolutely radiant.


Butter scrub

Perfect for drier-skinned girls, this butter scrub exfoliates well and also leaves behind a nourishing layer of oil on the skin. Butter scrub in Green Valley ($35, Sabon NYC)

Ocean salt self-preserving formula

An intensely gritty exfoliator, this little tub does the job with a refreshing smell to boot. Ocean Salt self-preserving formula ($22–$37, Lush)

Lavanila vanilla bean creamy body scrub

Crushed Madagascar vanilla beans are blended with whipped Shea butter and five essential oils for a creamy and gritty body scrub. Lavanila Vanilla Bean creamy body scrub ($40, Sephora)

Fresh brown sugar body polish

This sugar scrub is formulated with evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, jojoba, and citrus oils to leave skin exfoliated and hydrated. Fresh brown sugar body polish ($39, Sephora)

Shea moisture body scrub

Infused with coconut oil and vitamins E and K, this sugar scrub acts as a triple whammy that exfoliates, hydrates, and protects the skin from free radicals, all at the same time. Shea Moisture coconut and hibiscus hand and body scrub ($9, Target)

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First Aid Beauty slow glow

Apply this to your skin in the morning, and it will create a gradual tan that develops over the course of a day like magic! Don’t worry: it won’t turn your skin orange, and won’t streak (just be sure to do a thorough exfoliation prior to applying). The cream applies like a body lotion. First Aid Beauty slow glow gradual self-tanning moisturizer ($28, Sephora)

Jergens natural glow 3 Days to glow moisturizer

This gradual tanning lotion comes in two shades for fairer skin and for darker skin, and creates a natural-looking tan that develops over three days. Jergens natural glow 3 Days to glow moisturizer ($10, Ulta)

Full-body classic tan towelettes

This is great especially when traveling—the tan comes in individually-packaged towelettes that take up no space in the luggage. Full-body classic tan towelettes ($27 for 5, Tan Towel)

St. Tropez self tan classic bronzing mousse

St. Tropez’s classic self-tanner is renowned for how quickly it works and how even of a tan it produces. St. Tropez self tan classic bronzing mousse ($42, Ulta)

Phenomenal 2-3 week tan mousse

If you’re tired of how frequently you need to reapply self-tanner, this one’s for you. It lasts up to three weeks with no reapplication needed. Luxury Tan Phenomenal 2-3 week tan mousse ($54, Vita Liberata)

Body moisturizers

Vaseline moisturizer

Convenient and easy to use, this spray moisturizer also imparts a subtle radiance to the skin. Vaseline intensive care cocoa radiant spray moisturizer ($6, Target)

Nivea body lotion

Perfect for the on-the-go woman—apply in-shower like a conditioner and rinse off for smoother skin. Nivea in-shower body lotion ($8, iHerb)

Shea butter whip body lotion

The whip body lotion has a lighter texture than the other The Body Shop favorite, the Body Butters, making this perfect for the summer. Shea Body Whip lotion ($13, The Body Shop)

Almond supple skin oil

For women with particularly dry skin, this almond oil absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave a greasy residue, and leaves the skin feeling moisturized and hydrated. Almond supple skin oil ($46, L’Occitane)

Creme de corps Kielhl’s

This moisturizing lotion staple is beloved by women everywhere for how light and hydrating it is. Creme de corps ($11–$75, Kiehl’s)

Sunscreen (body)

supergoop sunscreen

Made from a non-comedogenic, avobenzone-based formula, this sunscreen is strong, but doesn’t leave a white paste on the skin. Plus, it is infused with natural extracts that mask the unpleasant smell of sunscreen. Everyday sunscreen with cellular response technology SPF 50 ($10–$48, Supergoop!)

Coola sunscreen

With 70% organic ingredients and red raspberry seed oil, a natural sunscreen booster rich in Omega-3 and 6, this easy spray-on sunscreen is a great choice for those looking for more natural sunscreens. Coola eco-lux body SPF 30 tropical coconut sunscreen spray ($36, Sephora)

Honest Mineral sunscreen

This is a physical sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide. It’s also water resistant and infused with Shea butter and coconut oil for all-day hydration. Mineral sunscreen, SPF 50+ ($14, The Honest Company)

sunbum sunscreen

Formulated with Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radicals, this broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF is for those who burn easily in the sun. Sun Bum original sunscreen lotion, SPF 70 ($16, Target)

alba botanica sunscreen

Fragrance-free, water-resistant, and made with 100% vegetarian ingredients. Alba Botanica very emollient sunscreen ($9, Target)

After-sun care

Avène after sun repair lotion

This calming lotion has thermal spring water to soften and smooth burned skin. Avène after sun repair lotion ($29, Birchbox)

Clinique after sun rescue balm with Alo

This oil-free balm is cooling, refreshing, and helps to prevent skin peeling. Clinique after sun rescue balm with Aloe ($23, Ulta)

Hawaiian Tropic silk hydration

Formulated with mango and Shea butters and Aloe gel, this hydrates the skin while preserving your tan. Hawaiian Tropic silk hydration after sun ultra hydrating lotion & soothing Aloe gel in coconut papaya ($9, Drugstore)

Phytoplage sublime after sun oil

With perilla, buriti, annatto, and camellia oils, this lightweight body oil hydrates the skin and adds radiance after a day in the sun. Phytoplage sublime after sun hair and body oil ($40, Sephora)

Nature Republic soothing and moisture Aloe Vera

Containing 92% pure Aloe Vera extract, this lightweight gel moisturizes the skin quickly without leaving any residue. Nature Republic soothing and moisture Aloe Vera 92% moisture gel ($9, Amazon)

Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang
Genevieve Ang grew up in Singapore and now lives in New York. By day she works in marketing, by night she writes about fashion, shopping, and the importance of a red lip.

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