As spring comes along (though it feels like summer here in the Bay Area), lightweight gel moisturizers are coming back. There are so many choices, and it can be overwhelming to look at a wall of them in Ulta or Sephora. So, we’ve organized a list of gel moisturizers that touch upon all your summer skincare needs. Find your next moisturizer here!
Best Long-Lasting Gel:
Worried about your moisturizer running off after a few hours in the sun, but not too excited to constantly reapply? This gel lasts for 72 hours, thanks to its water-like consistency when it hits your skin. It also helps with wrinkles, so you’re getting a two-for-one.
Best Lightweight Gel:
Best Water Gel Formula:
I know, I know, you’re wondering, “Tess, what is a water gel?” Basically: the ever-so-hydrating hyaluronic acid. It’s already found in your skin, so rubbing this gel on will give your skin ultimate nourishment. My favorite part is how flawlessly your makeup applies after this burst of hydration.
Best Multipurpose Gel:
Best For Dry Skin:
Without oil, this gel moisturizer is perfect if you can’t shake your dry skin. The caffeine revitalizes skin, ginseng refreshes, and its Hydra Hug™ Technology locks in moisture by “hugging” the space between skin cells together.
Best For All Skin Types:
The Customer Favorite:
This moisturizer has over 5,000 positive reviews on Sephora and I tried it myself a couple years ago and it was my holy grail moisturizer! The gel cream formulation was recommended to me as I have a combination skin type with an oily T-zone. I found that the cream was effective in tackling the oil while keeping the rest of my face moisturized enough. It’s lightweight, fast absorbing, and wears well under makeup!
The Best For Oily Skin:
I fell in love with the ingredient list of this best-selling Biossance moisturizer. I currently use this moisturizer and I’ve found that it brightens my face and evens my skin tone and leaves my skin feeling smooth and supple. It’s a popular choice for oily or acne-prone skin as I think it’s slightly not moisturizing enough for drier skin types.
The Best Splurge:
Have the budget for the best of the best? These 3,000 reviews translate to 4.8 stars. Tell me the last time you saw that. This moisturizer has plenty of ingredients, most notably chicory root for balance, apple and watermelon for fine-line erasure, and squalene for nourishment. Can’t talk, entering heaven now.
The Best Affordable:
It may be affordable, but 71% of almost 3,000 reviews gave this moisturizer five stars — skincare doesn’t always have to be expensive! Squalane, two types of hyaluronic acid, and sodium PCA all combine to leave you with dewy skin. I’m sorry, dull skin who?
Gel moisturizers are perfect for spring and summer, and we highly recommend each on this list. Which ones are you thinking of trying out? Let us know below!
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