You Totally Need A Bronzing Oil This Summer

When it comes to having sun-kissed skin, there are plenty of ways to fake it. But especially if you don't want to commit to a self tanner (and having to maintain it as it fades), bronzing oils are the way to go for gloriously glowing skin. If you're particularly fair-skinned, I know what you're thinking. Bronzing oils look hella intimidating. I mean, they're basically a bunch of orange liquid and gold glitter in a bottle. And you're supposed to rub that all over yourself? But even though it sounds like a one-way ticket to Oompa-Loompa-ville, bronzing oils can be surprisingly subtle.

Think of them like a finishing powder, but for your whole body. They add just that right amount of color, while giving your skin a delicious luminosity. And the best part is that it's actually good for your skin. Those oils make it so your skin stays hydrated and protected all while giving off that perfect sheen. Plus, if you only want that temporary glow for a day at the beach or a night on the town, bronzing oil will wash right off when you're ready. Here are 10 bronzing oils that will give you the glow of your dreams.


Nars Monoi Body Glow, $59, Sephora

Traditional French Polynesian Monoi oil meets a bronze luster? Yes please.

2. Philosophy

Philosophy Pure Grace Summer Shimmering Dry Body Oil, $29, Amazon

Scented with Pure Grace Summer, this bronzing oil has a spray nozzle for easy use.

3. The Body Shop

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, $22, Amazon

Available in two separate shades, you can customize your glow with these honey-scented bronzing oils.

4. Tarte

Tarte Maracuja Bronzing Serum, $21, Amazon

This bronzing oil gives all the benefits of maracuja oil with a gradual self-tan.

5. Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret Sun Kissed Bronze Shimmer Oil, $20, Amazon

Nourish your skin with argan, macadamia, avocado, and vitamin E oils while getting a subtle glow.

6. L'Occitane

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Shimmering Oil, $36, Amazon

Perfect a golden glow on your face, body, and even hair with this shimmering, bronzing oil.

7. Nuxe

Nuxe Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse OR, $36, Amazon

Six precious botanical oils plus gold, iridescent shimmer make for such a hydrating sheen.

8. Too Faced

Too Faced Royal Oil, $35, Too Faced

This conditioning oil adjusts to any skin tone for the perfect bronze.

9. Ulta

Ulta Classic Bronzing Oil Mist, $14, Ulta

This bronzing oil is available in three different scents so you can have your ideal fragrance with your ideal glow.

10. St. Tropez

St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, $50, Amazon

This self-tanner will give the most natural-looking glow while moisturizing the skin.

Because sometimes you just gotta get your glow on.

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