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What Is Body Gloss?

Body gloss is a beauty product designed to give your skin a radiant, shimmering finish, much like a highlighter for your face but formulated for the body. It enhances your natural skin tone with a subtle glow, perfect for highlighting your best features. Curious about how body gloss can elevate your skincare routine? Let's dive deeper into its luminous world.
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Body gloss is very similar to lip gloss, but is meant for use over the entire body, not just on the lips. It comes in the form of a silky lotion, as a spray or as a thicker formula, similar to body butter. Most body glosses are formulated to hydrate the skin, keep it healthy, and make it glow. Unlike lotion, this gloss actually gives skin a light sheen. Some formulas even contain a little bit of mica powder or body glitter. Commercial companies sell many varieties of body gloss, but those interested in entirely natural products can try making some at home.

Most kinds of body gloss contain jojoba oil and several different kinds of seaweed extracts. These formulas are supposed to be non-greasy and soak into the skin quickly. Other formulas may contain avocado oil, cassia, or small amounts of shea butter. Spray body gloss usually contains a small portion of fatty alcohol and distilled water to keep it from crystallizing. Thicker, lotion-style body glosses often contain less alcohol than the sprays.

Olive oil's sheen makes it an effective alternative to expensive body gloss.
Olive oil's sheen makes it an effective alternative to expensive body gloss.

Those that want to make their own gloss at home have a very wide array of options. The base for these glosses is usually some kind of nourishing oil, like jojoba or olive oil. Jojoba is scentless and less greasy than olive oil, but olive oil is usually cheaper. Those using olive oil for body gloss should typically choose a light-colored oil. These varieties usually have less olive scent than the darker kinds.

Mica is a common natural reflective ingredient for skin brightening.
Mica is a common natural reflective ingredient for skin brightening.

When making spray body gloss, the maker simply needs to add the oil base to a spray bottle and add a few drops of each of his or her favorite essential oils. This mixture should typically be made just a little at a time and kept in the refrigerator when not in use. Thicker mixtures can be made by melting vegetable butter and the desired oils in a double boiler and mixing them together with a hand mixer as they cool. This should result in a thick-yet-soft mixture.

Body gloss can make the skin appear shiny and smooth.
Body gloss can make the skin appear shiny and smooth.

One of the nice things about body gloss is that users typically don’t need as much of it as they do lotion or cream. The gloss is super-saturated with hydrating products, so one very thin application per day should be sufficient for most people. This is especially true for commercial formulas since manufacturers manage to combine very high amounts of soothing ingredients in their products. This means that batches of body gloss typically last longer than equal amounts of lotion or cream.

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    • Olive oil's sheen makes it an effective alternative to expensive body gloss.
      By: margo555
      Olive oil's sheen makes it an effective alternative to expensive body gloss.
    • Mica is a common natural reflective ingredient for skin brightening.
      By: vvoe
      Mica is a common natural reflective ingredient for skin brightening.
    • Body gloss can make the skin appear shiny and smooth.
      By: Syda Productions
      Body gloss can make the skin appear shiny and smooth.
    • Bodybuilders may wear body oils to bring attention to their muscle definition and size.
      By: tankist276
      Bodybuilders may wear body oils to bring attention to their muscle definition and size.