There is a difference between skin that glows and makeup that creates the illusion of a glow. A subtly dewy complexion, even on makeup-free days, is the calling card of good skin, but we don't always think to compliment it the same way we'd compliment someone's flashy highlight or shimmering cheekbones. After all, it might be kind of awkward to say, "Hey, I dig your... face?"
In spite of its subtlety, we all still want that difficult-to-describe glow, especially in the summer, when the sun's out and our hair finally gets the hint of highlight we wait all year for. Bright, plump, hydrated, baby-soft, whichever adjective you want to throw at it: There are dozens of creams, gels, and serums that'll help to get you there, and not all require loads of research and the equivalent of a week's salary.
Some of the best, most glow-enhancing moisturizers for summer can be found stocked at the drugstore — not that price really matters, because we're all just here for straight-up good skin. So whether you're looking for a lightweight gel that delivers the most luminous non-oily shine, or a bronzy glow that fakes a natural tan, you'll find your moisturizer, cheap and accessible, ahead.