Best Moisturizers for the Summer

As the days progress and we move farther and farther towards the summer months and warm weather, our skin’s needs begin to change. The once perfect rich cream you bought in November now feels heavy and thick on the skin, and the oil filled with essential oils that used to give the most perfect dewy sheen now makes your skin look like a disco ball (and not in a good way). If any of these descriptions seem familiar to you, you’re probably in need of a summer skin routine renovation.

Lucky for you, there are many light moisturizer options on the market that give the perfect amount of hydration without leaving your skin feeling greasy or looking shiny. These moisturizers quickly absorb into the skin, leaving you feeling hydrated and bouncy. Take a look at the list below to find your perfect lightweight summer moisturizer.


Huxley Fresh and More Cream


This gel-type cream formulated with the Sahara’s prickly pear seed oil is perfect for combination to oily skin types. Vitamin E and linoleic acid hydrate and nourish the skin while also protecting it from environmental stressors.


Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb


Try this ultra-lightweight oil-free gel cream to instantly cool and hydrate the skin. This formula can help with skin elasticity while also minimizing the appearance of pores. It’s best used on normal, combination or oily skin types, but dry skins can still use it when layered with a hydrating serum or essence.


Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator


Made for very dry to dry combination skin types, it’s perfect for extremely dehydrated skin types.

This gel-cream formula deeply penetrates the skin to give intense hydration for 24 hours. Spread on an extra thick layer to use as an overnight sleeping mask.


COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion


If you have extra-sensitive skin, this is the moisturizer for you. It was made with 70 percent birch sap which is meant to calm skin irritated by anything from acne medication to over-exfoliation. The best one to use if you went a little crazy with an at-home acid peel.


Glossier Priming Moisturizer


Made to prime the skin for whatever your day has in store, this moisturizer uses hyaluronic acid to quench thirsty skin and a mix of tea and honey extracts to reduce any redness. Use as much or as little as you want depending on the level of hydration you desire.


Tatcha The Water Cream


This anti-aging gel-cream delivers nutrient-rich hydration and a shine-free glow thanks to 23-karat gold and Japanese botanicals all without being too heavy or making the skin feel oily. Best on all skin types, use this when you want to add a little extra radiance to your skin.