The unpredictable part of summer skincare is that errors in application fall into a tricky timeline; less permanent than a tattoo but more temporary than botched eyeliner. The season’s exposed skin leaves #epicfails on display for the world to see, i.e. unsightly sunburns and self-tanner streaks that only time can erase. But summer beauty has come a long way since the pungent self-tanners and pore-clogging SPFs of yesteryear. Behold, our top summer products that moisturize, protect, and glow with the best of ‘em. Scroll for our fave self-tanners, sunscreens, and lip balms for a perfectly pretty summer. Ready, set, GLOW!
Sephora Collection Tinted Self-Tanning Body Mist
We may not mind waiting for the barista to craft our exclusive dragon frappuccino, but when it comes to a tan, we want color, stat. And this magic-in-a-bottle does just that; with its quick, easy application, this self-tan body mist gets you bronzed, beautiful, and out the door in a flash. #need
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer
TBH, waiting for self-tanner to dry is a serious test to our patience. Then along came Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, specifically designed to be used post-shower for a color-building glow. Towel off? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Just gently pat dry for streak-free results. Also comes in medium to tan tones.
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse
Forever a classic! This lightweight mousse offers clinically proven moisture, long-lasting color, and even tailors itself to your skin tone for customized results. The best part? It doesn’t even smell like self-tanner. We repeat: does not smell like self tanner. French Riviera, anyone?
L’Oréal Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes
Lost in the shuffle of lotions and potions? Boasting a natural finish and infused with Vitamin E, these non-greasy towelettes make application a breeze. Simple and sun-kissed, ftw.
Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner & Body Lotion
Warning: this product may prompt others to ask if you’ve been on vacation (“oh you know, just yachting around the Carribean”) With its silky-smooth application and moisturizing quality, this lotion gives a gradual glow over just 5 days. Where to next, girls?
Blistex Five Star Lip Protectant/Sunscreen SPF 30
We’re convinced; Blistex can do no wrong! For the gals who don’t need all the frills, this drugstore find provides SPF 30 lip protection, refreshes chapped lips, and is super hydrating. Now that’s what we call 5 stars.
Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50 with Grape Polyphenols
Looks like you can have your lipstick and wear it too! Smooth this superstar over your favorite lip shade for a whopping SPF 50 protection, water resistance, and grape seed extract to prevent skin aging. Bonus: you can also wear it alone as a gloss.
Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm
We’ve got nothing but love for this Revitalizing Lip Balm by Neutrogena! This soothing balm is available in 6 sheer shades, offers long-lasting moisture, SPF 20 sun protection, and even improves lips’ texture within one week. As one user claimed, it’s the “only lip moisturizer I use.” We can see why.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
You can’t beat these reviews! This lip balm grants SPF 25 protection and is loaded with antioxidants that heal chapped, damaged lips. Tell you guy pals too; this formula is meant for both men and women.
Nars Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment
What nourishes, protects, and is basically a spa day for your pout? This Nars Lip Treatment! Wear this sheer balm alone or underneath your fave shade for long-lasting hydration. Now that’s what we call lip service.
Australian Gold Botanical SPF 30 Mineral Lotion
This one’s for you, eco-friendly babes! Free of dyes, oils, and not tested on animals, this mineral sunscreen contains Australian botanicals like red algae and eucalyptus. With its smooth texture and matte finish, it’s safe to say this SPF is our summer staple.
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55
Protect yo face, girl! Perfect for acne-prone skin, this liquid lotion formula goes on super light and works in a pinch for face or body. Tuck it in your purse or beach bag for beautiful, burn-free skin all summer!
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion
Pinch us; we’re in love! Made for those who crave a sunscreen that feels like a body lotion, this UVA/UVB protector offers up to 12 hours of moisture with a lightweight texture and tropical aroma.
Banana Boat Sport Performance Family Size Sunscreen SPF 30
Boasting water and sweat resistance for up to 80 minutes, this SPF 100 mist is perfect for covering hard to reach areas, like your back. Made for the athletic gal, spritz on this classic before hitting the sand or surf for easy broad spectrum protection. Game on!
Sun Bum Beach Formula 3 in 1 Leave In Treatment
Fact: Did you know your hairline and scalp are prime spots for sunburn? Protect your head on hat-free days with Sun Bum’s 3 in 1 Leave-In Hair Conditioner. This little bottle can do it all; spritz into your hair to untangle, condition, and protect from UV and wind damage. #winning