- Best Light Moisturizers
The Best Light Moisturizers for this Summer
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:
Cosmetify HQ is a huge fan of La Roche Posay and their incredible oily skin expertise. This moisturizer is ideal if you’re familiar with the midday meltdown. Boasting a light, matte finish, it tightens pores and reduces sebum production, so shine is kept to a minimum on more humid days.
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.
Water creams are a great lightweight option for those that have oily skin. This moisturizer 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 moisturizer for combination skin:
Those with combination skin tend to have an oily T-zone and drier cheeks, making it difficult to find a moisturizer that will remedy both. Luckily, Honest Beauty have a lightweight formula that leaves your complexion soft without any greasy textures. A blend of hyaluronic acid, squalene and sodium PCA deliver intense cooling hydration that lasts.
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:
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.
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.
Best light moisturizer for acne-prone skin:
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.
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 moisturizer for sensitive skin:
Sensitive skin, we might have just found your summer savior. Boasting high-quality ingredients, this refreshing moisturizer 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.
A moisturizer 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 moisturizer for anti-aging:
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.
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 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.
Give your skin a dose of the good stuff with a moisturizer 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 moisturizer:
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.
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 moisturizer:
Every beauty regime can benefit from the likes of a tinted moisturizer, 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 color and that all-important hydration.
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.
Written by Carly Cochrane
Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.