Summer means shorts and tank tops, which can be hard if you’re not comfortable exposing a long expanse of arms and legs. My days of short shorts are over (now it’s thank goodness for capris and the comfort of long, flowy pants!). But I like a summer body oil that gives just a hint of color and shine.
Summer Glow DIY Body Oil
Dry skin gets a lot of attention in the winter, but what about summer? The drying effects of the sun combined with lots of time in the pool or ocean can have legs looking like a dried out alligator in no time. Body oil is my go-to in the summer; just add a bit of shimmer for the perfect light-weight moisturizer.
To make a summer glow body oil, you only need two ingredients: a lightweight oil and shimmery eyeshadow. I used sunflower oil combined with bronze Beautycounter eyeshadow. If you just want shimmer use a white/pearl colored eye shadow.
I tried using mineral foundation powder and didn’t get the same results – the color was too light and it ended up just looking like muddy water. Bronzing powder would probably also work, since it tends to be darker.
From there, it’s pretty simple to make your own body oil. Start with a small amount of oil (like an ounce) and add about 1/4 teaspoon of eye shadow. Scrape out the eye shadow into a bowl with something sharp to avoid getting powder everywhere. Then measure, combine and stir. Keep adding eye shadow until you get a color you like.
The oil may look dark in the bottle, but trust me, it isn’t going to transform your skin to that shade. The effect is subtle. The shadow tends to settle at the bottom of the oil so you’ll need to shake before each use to recombine.
Summer Glow Body Oil
Yield 1 ounce
A DIY summer body oil that gives just a hint of color and shine.
- 1 ounce sunflower oil
- 1/2 teaspoon bronze eyeshadow
- Container with lid
- Measure ingredients and combine in a small bowl.
- Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Transfer to a container with a lid.
- Shake before each use.
Photos by Mikaela Hamilton