So-called "luminizers," lotions for the face and body that deliver a bit of shimmer, have been around for a while, but the newest products hitting shelves offer more than just glitter. You can find lotions that moisturize parched summer skin, protect from harmful UV rays and offer beachy scents as well as shine to show off summer tans.
Body Glow from Nars has a cult following among the beauty crowd, drawn by the scent of its fragrant Monoi de Tahiti oil and the long-lasting shimmer it brings. For lighter coverage, try Monoi Body Glow II.
Sure, it's pricey — about $60 for a 3.9-ounce bottle — but Body Glow's light floral scent means you don't have to wear an additional fragrance. Also, a little lotion goes a long way, so it should last you for seasons to come. Look for it at department stores, Sephora and Narscosmetics.com.
There are plenty of affordable options at drugstores, including Shimmer Effect sunscreens from Hawaiian Tropic (about $11) that provide sun protection, deliver a subtle glow and feature the company's signature coconut scent. The collection includes after-sun moisturizers with shea and mango butters.
Mica, a mineral that reflects light, is one of the ingredients of the Radiance collection from Burt's Bees, available at drugstores.
The collection's body lotion contains sunflower oil and royal jelly, a secretion from honey bees, to moisturize skin. Also available are Radiance Day Lotion for the face and Radiance Eye Cream, with cucumber and rosehip extracts to reduce puffiness.
One of the handiest products has to be Michael Kors Leg Shine in a handy twist-up canister, $10 at Sephora. Carry it in your purse and glide along legs for a subtle sheen and a light summer fragrance.