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Today I wanted to do a pretty quick post talking through three great moisturisers that deliver what drier skin types will need whilst also being nice and lightweight, because the last thing you need as the weather hots up is a thick layer of product smothering your skin. These are my top day cream picks...
First up I have the Youth to the People Superfood Airwhip Moisture Cream* | £42. I originally tried this a while ago, then this brand dropped out of the UK market, however they're back and were kind enough to send me another tub of this stuff just in time for the warmer months. This is definitely more of a cream than a gel but it has this aerated quality that makes it feel so lightweight once applied. This product is packed full of antioxidant-rich plant extracts to protect your skin from free radical damage. There are humectants in here like hyaluronic acid and glycerin that draw water into the skin, giving a deep level of hydration. We also have panthenol, to help with water retention, and Vitamin E to nourish and calm the skin. There's calming aloe extract, moisturising sunflower seed oil and also ascorbic acid (I'd take that with a pinch of salt in terms of how effective it's going to be at tackling hyperpigmentation given it's notoriously unstable and this is a clear glass jar). Sometimes I find that these sorts of light moisturisers don't do a lot for my skin; it drinks it right up and leaves me feeling just as dehydrated as I was when I started, but not this one! It quenches my skin first whilst still being so comfortable on the skin. It's the lightest of the three options I have here so I recommend it for normal-to-dry skin types.
Next, let's talk about the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture* | £65. This is probably the most substantial cream of the three but it still has this beautiful texture that allows it to melt right into the skin. This contains shea butter, which is the best friend of dry skin, and I've never come across it in this sort of formula before. We also have skin plumping peptides, hyaluronic acid, allantoin and urea, which all help to replenish and hydrate. Fatty alcohol and oils such as sunflower and avocado help seal the deal, so none of that hydrating goodness escapes from the skin. This is an absolute beauty; I don't know how they packed all that amazing stuff into a product that feels halfway between a cream and a gel and absorbs so beautifully, but they did - so bravo, Murad!
Lastly we have an amazing but slightly more affordable option: the Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream | £25. If you want dewy, glowing skin: this is for you. I also think it's great for sensitive skin because the Youth to the People contains some fragrance, the Murad has a fairly lengthy list of ingredients, but this is simple but it works. There are some amazing ingredients like sodium PCA and glycerin for hydration, plus squalane (a plant-derived but skin-similar oil) and also moisturising, replenishing jojoba esters. This leans a little more towards a creamy lotion, but it still has that gorgeous melting effect once applied. And it really delivers on that fresh and healthy glow.
What do you look for in a summer moisturiser?
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