12 Refreshing, Lightweight Body Hydrators That Won’t Leave You Feeling Sticky This Summer


Just because the weather is warming up (okay fine, it’s sweltering!) doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need moisturisation. In fact, all that sunshine means your skin needs an added dose of hydration just like a tall glass of water that’s totally thirst-quenching!

Most of us avoid swiping on body care products in the summer because we can’t stand that tacky, ‘sweaty’ feeling that comes with it. But the solution is to simply swap out heavier, thicker winter creams and body butters for lightweight lotions, body soufflés, body milk, and other products that are of a thinner consistency, non-greasy, and absorb into the skin easily.

Tips for Body Moisturisation During Summer:

  1. Swipe on your lotions and gel creams immediately after your shower when the skin is still damp, this helps in retaining moisture and locking it in.
  2. Give the same amount of TLC to the elbows, knees and feet as you do to the rest of your body.
  3. Don’t skip on applying lotion even if using a creamy exfoliator in the shower. In fact, your skin will need it even more after exfoliation.
  4. Pay special attention to your derrière – the skin on the bum can get dry and also be acne-prone, which is where non-comedogenic moisturisers come to the rescue.
  5. If a particular lotion is not doing the job for the dry skin on your body, try a different one, your skin might need more hydration. And if the problem persists, speak to a dermatologist.

Ready for that summer swap? We’re sure you’ll find one to suit your budget and skincare needs from this list: 

1. Moroccanoil Body Soufflé

We like it because: It has a whipped, lightweight texture (and it’s called soufflé, yum!)

This newly-launched moisturiser instantly hydrates skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and silky. The indulgent formula is rich with argan, avocado, and macadamia seed oils, as well as hydrating squalene to improve skin’s natural barrier. Oh, and if you’re a fan of the Moroccanoil signature scent, you’ll be happy to know this soufflé has the same fragrance. 

2. Aqualogica Clear+ Silky Body Lotion


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We like it because: It can help with summertime body acne!

A lightweight lotion from the new Clear+ range, this is crafted with salicylic acid & green tea and thus, has exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. Along with providing much-needed moisturisation, it helps relieve body acne and soothe the skin, thereby reducing itching, redness or swelling.

3. Bath & Body Works Dream Bright Daily Nourishing Body Lotion

We like it because: It leaves behind a floral-fruity fragrance on the skin

Part of the newest collection launched in India, Dream Bright is a floral-fruity fragrance and a unique blend of sapphire berries, night-blooming orchid and crystalized vanilla. The lightweight body lotion is infused with vitamin E, shea butter and coconut oil and absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling fresh and noticeably softer.

4. Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Gel-Crème


We like it because: It is suited to even very dry, irritated to atopic skin

If you enjoy products from this well-loved, dermat-recommended skincare brand, then opt for this cream with an ultra-light, non-sticky texture for the summer. In dry, flaky skin, it quickly soothes itching sensations and reduces the urge to scratch thanks to the Enoxolone derivative. The hydro-absorbent technology retains the surrounding water in order to optimize the hydration of the skin and niacinamide replenishes and strengthens its barrier function. 

5. The Body Shop British Rose Body Yogurt

We like it because: It leaves you smelling like roses

While life cannot be a bed of roses, you can at least smell like one! Another lightweight fast-absorbing gel-cream formula, this absorbs instantly and provides up to 48 hours of moisture. The gel-cream is 100% vegan, enriched with rose extract from England and Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain.

6. O3+ Ultra Healing Brightening Body Lotion


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We like it because: It has soothing aloe vera, which is great for summers

Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, this lotion seals moisture into dehydrated skin and softens rough elbows and heels, as well as other dry areas of the skin. It has a non-sticky feel and also works to reverse the effect of sun damage. 

7. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream

We like it because: This Hydro Boost range is bomb overall!

This lightweight formula instantly quenches thirsty skin with its dose of hyaluronic acid. The refreshing gel-cream is fragrance-free, non-greasy, and oil, dye, alcohol and paraben-free! While this product hasn’t officially launched in the Indian beauty market yet, it’s easy to order from certain websites.

8. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps

We like it because: It is rich but non-greasy and oil-free

Infused with cocoa butter, squalane and beta-carotene, this super hydrating body cream moisturises dry skin and helps to improve skin texture. It is suited to all skin types, particularly dry skin, and post use, leaves it soft, smooth and thoroughly moisturised.

9. Dr. Sheth’s Ceramide & Vitamin C Body Lotion


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We like it because: It targets dullness and dark spots

If you’re looking to target body pigmentation and dull skin along with moisturisation, try this one as it intensely moisturises & brightens skin. Formulated with ceramides, this lotion nourishes & soothes dryness from deep within while softening and making skin supple, while ingredients like vitamin C & amla extract help fade dark spots & skin discolouration over time.

10. Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Body Lotion with Honey & Orange

We like it because: Its uplifting citrusy aroma

Enriched with the goodness of organic honey and orange essential oils, this organic body lotion leaves skin soft and beautifully scented. It is made with sun-ripened Italian and Mexican oranges and its aroma lifts the spirits – just the lotion we need to kickstart a summer morning.

11. WOW Skin Himalayan Rose Body Lotion Science

We like it because: It is infused with soothing, calming rosewater

Can’t take off to the hills this summer? How about a lotion made in the beautiful mountain valleys of the Himalayas! This non-sticky and non-greasy lotion gets easily absorbed into the skin and is made with a rejuvenating infusion of rosewater, beetroot extract, hyaluronic acid, and sweet almond oil, which leaves the skin fresh, soft and fragrant.

12. Nivea Aloe Vera Gel Body lotion


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We like it because: Its delightfully lightweight formula is perfect for the summer

Swap that iconic Nivea Crème blue tin in the summer for this dreamy lightweight gel body lotion. Infused with natural aloe vera extract, its fast-absorbing gel formula leaves the skin hydrated and refreshed. Just what we need in the scorching heat!

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