There’s no excuse, especially when we’re seeing summer peek around the the corner: you can’t forget to care for your whole body. Sometimes that care can be longterm (see: bone broth), but sometimes it’s nice to get a little satisfaction right when you want it.
We’ve compiled an arsenal of instantly gratifying, skin-enhancing beauty products that minimize imperfections and enhance your best assets. Wishing you could camouflage that cellulite? No problem. Has winter sucked the glow out of your skin? We’ve got you covered.
These are our top five instant body transformers:
1. The Skin-Smoothers: FIG+ YARROW Cardamom+Coffee Body Scrub, $55, and Alpine Pumice Foot Treatment, $16.
There’s nothing more confidence-boosting than smooth, touchable skin, and the first step is exfoliating. FIG+YARROW Cardamom+Coffee Body Scrub not only sloughs off dry patches, the antioxidizing concoction also has firming benefits. And, don’t forget about your feet: the Alpine Pumice Foot Treatment tackles tough callouses and nourishes dry skin.
2. The Miracle Oil: NARS Monoi Body Glow II, $59
Now that your skin’s nice and soft, replenish moisture with this indulgent body oil made of crushed Tahitian Geraniums in refined coconut extract for a subtle yet delectable fragrance and an all-over glow. P.S. Can also be used as massage oil.
3. The All-Over Bronzer: Charlotte Tilbury “Supermodel Body” Slimmer, Shimmer Shape, Hydrate & Glow, $65
Ever wonder how Hollywood stars look so flawless and toned on the red carpet? Two words: body bronzer. Take it from Nick Barose, Lupita Nyongo’s makeup artist, who’s a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s shimmery, skin-firming paint-on bronze: “It’s a perfect last-minute touch to add warm glow to arms, legs and bare shoulders,” he says. “The formula stays on and looks like a real, natural tan, plus the roll on applicator is easy to use and mess free.”
4. The Speedy Self-Tanner: St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse, $44
If you need a body glow that will last—we’re talking three-day-weekend kind of last—you no longer need to allocate 8 hours of dry time to get a golden bronze. With St. Tropez’s new Express Bronzing Mousse, you can now apply and shower in as little as an hour. Leave it on for one hour for a light glow, two hours for a beautiful bronze, and three hours for a dark tan.
5. The Cellulite Camouflage: Urban Decay Naked Skin Body Balm, $32
Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir initially created this body balm as a solution for sagging knee skin, but found that it smoothed the appearance of cellulite as well. Win, win! The illuminating cream works on all skin tones and contains light-diffusing spheres to filter your flaws.
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