5 Lightweight Moisturizers We Can’t Stop Mentioning
These days, thick moisturizers get all the love and we get it, but we have to sing the praises of lightweight moisturizers, too. Their light, slippery gel texture layers well under makeup while still delivering lots of hydration, making them the slept-on daytime option you need in your routine. Lightweight moisturizers are also great for acne-prone and oily skin types —and is absorbed quickly into skin. We’ve rounded up our favorites ahead — from the drugstore pick that offers up to 72 hours of moisture to the water gel moisturizer we can’t stop raving about.
We’re big advocates of daily SPF, which is why we can’t recommend Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen enough.. The InvisibleZinc technology helps ensure your skin won’t be left with the dreaded white cast and offers broad-spectrum protection. This formula is also non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores or agitate acne) and contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides for long-lasting hydration.
If you’re looking for a clean beauty pick, opt for Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer With Echinacea GreenEnvy, a gel-cream-textured moisturizer with honey and hyaluronic acid. The antioxidant properties of honey paired with the moisturizing properties of hyaluronic acid address a wide range of skin concerns including dryness, uneven texture and firmness.
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe water (a nourishing combo), L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Glowing Water Cream is designed to offer up to 72 hours of hydration and quickly sinks into your skin. We love this formula pre-makeup — it creates a hydrated base without slip so you can layer products on top to your heart’s content.
Fans of the original Confidence in a Cream formula looking for a lightweight alternative will love IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer, an oil-free gel moisturizer infused with ceramides, glycerin and cactus flower extract. Once applied, it sinks into skin almost instantly and works as a makeup primer, too.
If your skin is in dire need of hydration, try the Vichy Aqualia Water Gel — a hyaluronic acid-infused moisturizer that offers up to 48 hours of hydration. It also contains Vichy’s signature mineral-rich thermal water, which helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and plant sugar to prevent water loss.