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The 8 Best Light Moisturisers for this Summer

By Carly Cochrane - 4 months ago | Updated
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Lightweight moisturiser has been on the radar for oily-skinned beauties for a while now, but we think it’s about time we all got acquainted – especially with summer right around the corner.

Yep, in just a few weeks we’ll all be suffering with a case of sweaty, sticky skin. Heavy makeup will be off the cards and the thick, rich creams that got us through winter will go into hibernation.

While the extra dose of vitamin D and a natural tan will no doubt inject some life back in to our dull complexions, our skin care routine remains just as important. In fact, the transition from cold to warm weather can really affect our faces – just think of the all the extra oil clogging pores, harmful UV rays and intense dehydration.

So, to help you correctly tailor your skin care according to the season, we’ve compiled a list of light moisturisers that are seriously worth the coin.

1. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

Best Light Moisturiser for Oily Skin:

Cosmetify HQ is a huge fan of La Roche Posay and their incredible oily skin expertise. This moisturiser is ideal if you’re familiar with the midday meltdown. Boasting a light, matte finish, it tightens pores and reduces sebum production so shine will be kept to a minimum on more humid days.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

2. AHAVA Essential Day Moisturiser Combination

Best Light Moisturiser for Combination Skin:

Those with combination skin tend to have an oily T-zone and drier cheeks, making it difficult to find a moisturiser that will remedy both. Luckily, AHAVA have a lightweight formula that leaves your complexion soft without any greasy textures. A blend of 21 minerals adapt to your skin to reveal a radiant finish.

AHAVA Essential Day Moisturiser Combination

3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion

Best Light Moisturiser for Dry Skin:

We know what you’re thinking – the only way to combat dry skin is to lather on the rich creams with intense ingredients. Let CeraVe change your mind as they provide a lightweight lotion that’s just as effective. The oil-free formula uses ceramides, which are ace at repairing skin affected by conditions such as eczema and hyaluronic acid to quench thirsty complexions.

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion No SPF

4. Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

Best Light Moisturiser for Acne-prone Skin:

Warmer weather can be a nightmare for acne-prone skin as excess sebum and humid air can cause breakotus and irritation. Keep flare-ups and hormonal acne at bay with Vichy’s anti-imperfection moisturiser. This global superstar combines salicylic acid, glycolic acid and LHA for a targeted treatment, but also keeps skin hydrated and protected for 24 hours – it's a win-win.

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

5. Eau Thermale Avène Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF20

Best Light Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin:

Sensitive skin, we might have just found your summer saviour. Boasting high-quality ingredients, this mattifying moisturiser uses spring water to deliver long-lasting hydration, SPF to protect skin from harmful UV rays and Meiboserin to limit moisture evaporation. Indulge in soft, supple and soothed skin.

Avène Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Light SPF20

6. Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser Spf50+

Best Light Moisturiser for Anti-Ageing:

Switch up your daily moisturiser for this super-lightweight warrior and reveal your youngest-looking complexion yet. Putting up a good fight against premature ageing, this three-in-one anti-ageing cream shields against sun damage, prevents wrinkles and saves collagen, all whilst hydrating skin.

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser Spf50+

7. Dr. Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream

Best Natural Light Moisuturiser:

Give your skin a dose of the good stuff with a moisturiser that's developed with premium botanical extracts, including witch hazel and carrot. This 100% natural (and organic) formula supports your oil barrier and leaves skin supple, fresh and balanced. Perfect for all skin types, but especially dry and dehydrated, the light emulsion doubles up as a primer and makes an ideal makeup base.

Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream

7. Green People Neutral/Scent Light Day Moisturiser

Best Organic Light Moisturiser:

Wave bye-bye to skin that's easily irritated. Ticking all the boxes, Green People are the organic experts you can trust. Completely free of all artificial ingredients, this gentle formula is bursting with vitamins and minerals that soothe, hydrate and protect your skin. Wearing comfortably on your complexion with a non-sticky feel, your skin will be able to handle whatever the day throws at it.

Green People Neutral/Scent Light Day Moisturiser

8. NARS Cosmetics Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30

Best Tinted Light Moisturiser:

Every beauty regime can benefit from the likes of a tinted moisturiser, and oh, have we found you a good’un. Summer is the perfect excuse to ditch heavy-duty foundations and go for a subtle bronzing, and this popular tinted lotion does just that. Packed with the qualities of both makeup and skin care, a single application provides you with radiant colour and that all-important hydration.

NARS Cosmetics Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30

The smallest change can make the biggest difference, and we know that both you and your skin will appreciate a lighter moisturiser throughout the hotter months, so make sure you check out our guide to day cream for more tips!

Want to switch up more of your beauty regime to suit the summer? Take a look at our Summer Beauty Tips & Top Beauty Secrets.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.