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The Best Light Moisturisers for this Summer

By Carly Cochrane -
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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.

Best light moisturiser for oily skin:

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Mat

£14.40 £17.10 (16% off)

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.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

£13.15

This cream is an intelligent one. Bursting with three molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid, it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water and attracts pure moisture from the Earth's atmosphere in order to keep skin continuously hydrated. Pretty cool, right? Oil, alcohol and fragrance free, it's perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types.

GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser

GLAMGLOW Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser

£31.83 £34.95 (9% off)

Water creams are a great lightweight option for those that have oily skin. This moisturiser from GLAMGLOW drenches skin with moisture, thanks to a triple hyaluronic acid complex. Skin is left radiant, glowing and healthy-looking all day long, minus the shine.


Best light moisturiser for combination skin:

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel Cream

£9.89 £16.25 (40% off)

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, Bioderma have a lightweight formula that leaves your complexion soft without any greasy textures. A blend of skin-loving ingredients, including salicylic acid and vitamin E, are fused with an Aquagenium patent in order to restore radiance, hydration and smoothness to skin.

Augustinus Bader The Cream

Augustinus Bader The Cream

£65.55 £69.00 (5% off)

Okay, so we know this one has a hefty price tag but trust us when we say it's totally worth it. 30 years of research and innovation has been poured into this iconic formula, so you can expect nothing but the best results. The cream itself is light, refreshing and deeply hydrating, plus it leaves skin stronger, healthier and protected.


Best light moisturiser for dry skin:

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion

£8.25 £11.00 (25% off)

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 formula uses ceramides, which are ace at repairing skin affected by conditions such as eczema, as well as hyaluronic acid to quench thirsty complexions.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

£41.60 £52.00 (20% off)

Drunk Elephant to the rescue! This whipped cream is made for skin that is thirsting for a hit of hydration. Ceramides and six African oils have been blended and whipped together to create an intense, hardworking formula that never feels suffocating or heavy. Dry skin is instantly soothed, nourished and brightened.

Weleda Skin Food Light

Weleda Skin Food Light

£7.43 £8.12 (9% off)

This little green tube of magic is all you need to nurse dry and dehydrated complexions back to optimum health. Calendula, chamomile and oils work together to restore, revive and nourish your face. Not to mention, the lotion instantly absorbs into the skin.


Best light moisturiser for acne-prone skin:

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care

£11.25 £15.00 (25% off)

Warmer weather can be a nightmare for acne-prone skin as excess sebum and humid air can cause breakouts 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.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Face Cream

£135.00

If anyone knows a thing or two about how to care for acne-prone skin, it's Dr. Barbara Sturm. She's created the ultimate lightweight formula that keeps breakouts and irritation at bay, yet still delivers a tonne of much-need hydration. The Clarifying Face Cream balances, purifies and replenishes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and stress-free.


Best light moisturiser for sensitive skin:

ELEMIS Hydra Boost Sensitive Day Cream

ELEMIS Hydra Boost Sensitive Day Cream

£33.20 £43.00 (23% off)

Sensitive skin, we might have just found your summer saviour. Boasting high-quality ingredients, this comfortable moisturiser uses hyaluronic acid and orange blossom milk to deliver long-lasting hydration. Indulge in soft, supple and soothed skin.

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel

£38.95 £46.55 (17% off)

A moisturiser that doesn't cause irritation, redness or dryness. We'll take it. The Dermalogica Calm Water Gel is specially designed for sensitive skin types. The ultra-calming formula is made with a dual hyaluronic acid technology that locks in moisture, apple fruit extract, glycerin and cactus pear extract - a superstar when it comes to soothing skin.


Best light moisturiser for anti-ageing:

REN Flash Hydro Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion

REN Flash Hydro Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion

£32.40

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 anti-ageing cream plumps the skin and prevents fine lines, all whilst hydrating face.

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream - 50ml

ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

£58.85 £89.00 (34% off)

It's one of the most loved skin creams for a reason. The ELEMIS Pro Collagen Marine Cream tackles fine lines and wrinkles, reducing their appearance in just 14 days. Thanks to its ultra-hydrating marine ingredients, such as seaweed and padina pavonica, you'll notice that skin is visibly firmer, as well as toned and nourished.


Best natural light moisturiser:

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturiser

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturiser

£34.00

Believing in the power of good ingredients, this cruelty-free, paraben-free moisturiser utilises vegan milks ( fig, oat and argan-derived milks) to quench thirsty skin. Whether you use it as a makeup primer, everyday moisturiser or simply when your complexion needs a big dose of hydration, it's guaranteed to leave your skin softer, plumper and smoother.

Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream

Dr Hauschka Revitalising Day Cream

£19.95 £26.00 (24% off)

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.


Best organic light moisturiser:

Antipodes Manuka Honey Day Cream

Antipodes Manuka Honey Day Cream

£11.62

Dive deep into the honey pot as this day cream is your fast-pass to a nourished complexion. Bursting with organic ingredients such as bee venom, manuka honey, grapeseed, kiwi, peony extract, avocado and jojoba oils, this lightweight cream takes skin from dry and dehydrated to soft, lifted and glowing in an instant.

Green People Neutral/Scent Light Day Moisturiser

Green People Neutral/Scent Light Day Moisturiser

£17.60

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.


Best tinted light moisturiser:

NARS Cosmetics Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30

NARS Cosmetics Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF 30

£31.00

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.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defence SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defence SPF 30

£31.00

Drunk Elephant never miss a trick, which explains why they're featured twice in our roundup. This time round they present a stellar tinted, physical SPF sunscreen that also doubles up as a moisturiser. You can rest knowing that skin is hydrated, protected and beautified with just one sheer application.

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.

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

As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing. 

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