Keep Your Skin Happy, Not Greasy, This Summer With These 10 Gel Moisturizers

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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!

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Best Long-Lasting Gel:

Confidence In A Gel Lotion Oil-Free Moisturizer


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.

SHOP – $42

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Best Lightweight Gel:

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 Waterfull Gel Cream Moisturizer


I personally hate heavy, greasy moisturizer that leads to a filmy residue. This moisturizer is oil-free and so lightweight that you’ll forget it’s even on. It soothes skin and hydrates, leaving you with soft, rejuvenated skin.

SHOP – $19.50


Best Water Gel Formula: 

Hydro Boost Water Gel


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.

SHOP – $21.19

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Best Multipurpose Gel:

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 Citrus-Honey Aqua Glow Hydrating Moisture-Gel


Self-described as a “moisturizer-meets-serum,” this gel does it all. Annatto seed, grapefruit, honey, and ceramides combine to help hydrate and even out skin without clogging pores. It’ll get you glowing in no time.

SHOP – $8.39


Best For Dry Skin:

 GinZing™ Oil- Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer


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.

SHOP – $31

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Best For All Skin Types: 

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Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Gel Moisturizer


Oily skin, dry skin, uneven skin, inflamed skin–all can benefit from this gel moisturizer. Salicylic acid exfoliates, moringa seed extract repairs, and rose extract (aka Lancômes popular ingredient) hydrates any and all skin.

SHOP – $48


The Customer Favorite:

 Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb


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!

SHOP – $38

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The Best For Oily Skin:

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 Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer


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.

SHOP – $52


The Best Splurge:

 Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream


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.

SHOP – $82

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The Best Affordable

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Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream with Two Types of Hyaluronic Acid & Squalane


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?

SHOP – $14

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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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