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Summer is the time when most of us want to keep things fresh and lightweight in terms of our skincare, so today I'm sharing moisturisers that fall into this category for different skin types and concerns.
If you have dry skin; the aim of your summer moisturiser is to keep your skin conditioned without feeling like a heavy, smothering layer on your skin. These products should fit the bill!
First up, I have the Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Moisture Lotion | £8.11 | full review. It packs moisturising ingredients like shea butter and renewing peptides in a lightweight lotion texture. It softens and smooths my skin really nicely without leaving a greasy excess on my skin. The Dr Roebuck's No Worries Moisturiser* | £30 | full review | is also fantastic. It contains moisturising oils like macadamia and rosehip (which can also help with uneven skin tone), it's formulated with Vitamin E, which is great for soothing and protecting the skin in the heat and also hyaluronic acid to pull water into the skin. It's a cream formula but absorbs so easily into my skin, leaving it soft and smooth without being excessively rich.
The Save Skin Anti-Pollution Moisturiser* | £30 | is another great option. This is formulated with lovely moisturising ingredients for soft skin, like squalane and macadamia oil. It's one of the few 'natural' skincare products I've used that isn't packed full of fragrance! Although this has a lovely creamy texture, it feels very light on the skin and absorbs nicely without leaving any excess.
- OILY / COMBINATION SKIN -
For oily and combination skin types; I really recommend an oil-free, water-based formula, such as the Plenaire Droplet Lightweight Moisture Gel* | £34 | full review. This is packed full of ingredients to bring water into the skin to hydrate it and comes in a gel form, so you're getting that hydration without any ingredients that could potentially clog your pores. It's really important to still moisturise, even if you are on the more oily side, because starving your skin of moisture can make it go into overdrive. This is the perfect middle-ground if you're worried about your skin being smothered in the heat.
- NORMAL / COMBINATION SKIN -
As I have normal skin; this is the biggest category! For combination skin, it's all about keeping things balanced, letting your skin breathe and not overwhelming it with oil-based products. At the same time, normal skin needs a little bit extra than those who are oilier, so these products will still quench thirsty skin.
One of my go-to moisturisers throughout the hot spring we've had was the Omorovicza Elemental Emulsion* | £87 (for full size). It's a bit of a luxe option, and probably not totally necessary, but I like it a lot; so if you want to treat yourself... This is a lightweight, fast-absorbing emulsion that's oil-free, but it still leaves my skin lovely and soft. It's formulated with marine extracts and hyaluronic acid, to really leave the skin feeling plump and healthy whilst letting the pores breathe. Another great option is the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet* | £23 | full review. Caudalie's product range is built around their grape water and that's one of the primary ingredients in this moisturiser. It has a lovely texture that melts into the skin and provides enough hydration for me during the summer months (as someone with normal-dehydrated skin). It's quick and easy to apply and gives the skin a healthy glow.
I also really enjoy the Jurlique Moisture Plus Rare Rose Gel Cream* | £35 | full review (sponsored). This oil-free gel still feels lovely and moisturising on the skin. My skin feels plump, hydrated and balanced when I use it. My only real negative is that this contains quite a bit of fragrance. For a huge hit of hyaluronic acid (20 types, to be exact), if you love that ingredient as much as I do, you can try the Antipodes Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel* | £29.95. This is also formulated with manuka honey, which is really moisturising and has antibacterial properties, so is great for keeping any sun-induced breakouts at bay. I really like how my skin feels when I use this product, and how healthy my complexion looks. It really helps with dehydration lines I sometimes get. Finally, for this skin type, I recommend the Youth to the People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream | £40 | full review | (if you can get hold of this brand). This has a more interesting texture; it's not really a gel but it also isn't a cream as such and doesn't feel oily, though it does contain some oil-based ingredients (namely, sunflower seed oil). It's packed full of antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, to give moisture without having a rich texture.
- DULL SKIN -
Next, I'm talking about a skin concern (one that I'm very much prone to!) as opposed to a skin type. Dullness and a lack of glow can happen to any skin type, though I guess it's probably more common in normal-to-dry skin.
Quite obviously, Glow Recipe is a great brand for find products to counteract dull and lacklustre skin. I've got the Glow Recipe Banana Souffle Moisture Cream | £36 | full review | to talk about today, but the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser* | £36 | full review | is also gorgeous! This moisturiser has a light, whipped cream-like texture that melts into my skin without leaving any greasiness on its surface. It's formulated with lots of antioxidants, including banana and turmeric, as well as cica and aloe to soothe the skin and moisturising oils like jojoba. It gives me lovely, soft skin without feeling at all heavy.
Next, I have some more melting, sorbet-like formulas, which I personally love for restoring glow to my skin. An existing favourite from previous summers that I'll probably repurchase this year (because there's basically none left and it's probably a bit old to use now!) is the Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Cream | £42 | full review. Its moisturising and hydrating components include sunflower seed oil, rosewater, aloe, kukui oil and hyaluronic acid. It starts as a cream but melt onto the skin into a more water-based consistency. It gives me plump- dewy, fresh and healthy-looking skin whilst having such a light texture; I love it! A cheaper alternative to it that I've been loving this year is the Skin Proud Sorbet Burst Hyaluronic Acid Jelly Moisturiser* | £13.99. As you might have guessed; this is formulated with water-pulling hyaluronic acid, alongside rosewater (so it might not be for you if you're sensitive to flower extracts). This is an oil-free gel-based formula but it's perfect for smooth and dewy skin.
Finally, I have a gel formula that really packs a punch: the AHC Aqualuronic Cream* | £32 | full review (sponsored). This is formulated with three forms of hyaluronic acid, as well as skin-calming niacinamide and no fragrance. It's really calming on the skin if you, like me, tend to get irritation from sun exposure and it's so hydrating and thirst-quenching! It honestly gives me that real-life glass skin look.
- SENSITIVE SKIN -
Personally, for my skin, it isn't moisturising enough, but sometimes I use it before a richer cream or as an extra layer if I'm experiencing irritation, which is why the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel | £19.50 | still made it into this post. This is a really simple, fragrance-free gel with skin-soothing ingredients like aloe, cucumber and glycerin. It's so cooling and calming on the skin and feels amazing to apply to skin that can sometimes flare up as a result of sun-exposure.
What sorts of moisturisers are you using now summer is here?