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The Best Light Moisturizers for this Summer

By Carly Cochrane - 3 years ago | Updated
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Lightweight moisturizer 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 moisturizers that are seriously worth the coin.

Best light moisturizer for oily skin:

The INKEY List Omega Water Cream


Water creams are a great lightweight option for those that have oily skin. This moisturizer from The INKEY List drenches skin with moisture, thanks to a combination of an omega fatty acid complex, glycerin, betain and niacinamide. Skin is left radiant, glowing and healthy-looking all day long, minus the shine.

Best light moisturizer for combination skin:

Augustinus Bader The Cream


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 moisturizer for dry skin:

Weleda Skin Food Light


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. And not to mention, the light lotion quickly absorbs into the skin.

Best light moisturizer for acne-prone skin:

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish Care


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 moisturizer. 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.

Best light moisturizer for sensitive skin:

Bioderma Sensibio Defensive Active Soothing Cream


Sensitive skin, we might have just found your summer savior. Boasting high-quality ingredients, this refreshing moisturizer uses exclusive Defensive Technology to strengthen the skin's ability to defend itself from irritants.

Best light moisturizer for anti-aging:

REN Bio Retinoid Youth Cream


Switch up your daily moisturizer for this super-lightweight warrior and reveal your youngest-looking complexion yet. Putting up a good fight against premature aging, this anti-aging cream plumps the skin and prevents fine lines, all whilst hydrating your face.

Best natural light moisturizer:

Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizer


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

Best organic light moisturizer:

Antipodes Manuka Honey Day Cream


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.

Best tinted light moisturizer:

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30


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 moisturizer. 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 moisturizer throughout the hotter months.

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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