6 Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizers You’ll Want to Use All Summer

May 27, 2022
Jessica Khorsandi
By: Jessica Khorsandi | skincare.com by L'Oréal
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Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or anything in between, the hot and muggy temperatures that come with summer are enough to make anyone want to switch their skin care to more lightweight formulas. Our favorite product swap to make during this season is switching our heavier, rich moisturizers for gel formulas. These water-based hydrators are lightweight, refreshing and can help stop unwanted shine all while leaving your skin moisturized.

Ahead, we rounded up our favorite gel moisturizers to swap into your skin-care routine for summer.

Best Multi-Tasking Gel Moisturizer: IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Moisturizer

Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer is an oil-free, fast-absorbing gel moisturizer that delivers up to 72 hours of hydration. The formula is infused with ceramides, glycerin and cactus flower extract to help smooth visible fine lines and leave skin looking radiant. The weightless gel moisturizer also acts as a two-in-one product to prime the skin for makeup.

it cosmetics confidence in a gel moisturizer

Best Cooling Gel Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel-Cream

This non-comedogenic gel moisturizer is formulated for normal to oily skin types. Its non-greasy texture delivers long-lasting hydration with an instant cooling effect that leaves skin feeling refreshed. Not only that, but it also has mattifying properties to help keep your complexion shine-free.

kiehls ultra facial oil free gel cream

Best Gel Moisturizer for Dehydrated Skin: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Water Gel

If you have dehydrated skin, Vichy’s water-gel moisturizer is a great choice for you. It’s formulated with 97% natural-origin ingredients like hyaluronic acid, plant sugar and Vichy’s signature 15 mineral-rich thermal water to boost hydration and leave skin looking supple.

vichy aqualia thermal water gel

Best-Smelling Gel Moisturizer: Lancôme Hydra Zen Moisturizing Face Cream

This thirst-quenching formula is a must try if you struggle with dryness all year round, even in the summer. It has a creamy consistency that absorbs into the skin with ease and leaves your complexion looking more supple, line-free and soft.

lancome hydra zen moisturizing face cream

Best Brightening Gel Moisturizer: Peach & Lily Glass Skin Water-Gel Moisturizer

Hyaluronic acid plus vegan pre- and probiotics make this formula soothing, hydrating and suitable for all skin types. It also has antioxidants and calming chamomile to help brighten and even out skin tone and texture. Not to mention, your skin will drink up the water-gel texture like nothing else.

peach and lily glass skin water gel moisturizer

Best Lightweight Gel Moisturizer: Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer

Ultra-light and cloud-like, this formula will make your skin feel good inside and out. It has hyaluronic acid, amino acids and pineapple enzymes to gently smooth, brighten and soften your skin. It absorbs quickly and will plump your skin almost instantly after use.

summer fridays cloud dew oil free gel cream moisturizer
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