A lot of moisturizers can leave your skin feeling slick, and not in a good way. Who wants to look greasy and shiny? Not us, no ma’am! And especially not during the hot summer months, when keeping your face hydrated is a necessity (and don’t forget to use SPF).
Applying a heavy facial moisturizer and venturing out into the heat is not only uncomfortable, but it can clog your pores. So, what are we to do? Well, we did some investigating and found that gel moisturizers are the perfect lightweight alternative.
Oh yes, they exist, and they’re just as hydrating but with none of the drawbacks – so we had to check them out.
Introducing (drumroll, please)…gel moisturizers.
What Are Gel Moisturizers?
The Skincare Edit says, “Unlike creams, gels are high in water-attracting agents called humectants (like aloe and glycerin), and low in thicker occlusives (like oils and butters). This gives them an ultra-lightweight texture that absorbs into your skin right away and is less likely to trigger acne.
“Gel moisturizer is the answer for anyone seeking sheer, non-greasy hydration that won’t clog your pores.”
We are seeking that non-greasy hydration for the summer, so without further ado, here are our picks for the 10 best gel moisturizers on the market!
Best for long hydration: IT Cosmetics Gel Lotion
Best for oily skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Best for dry skin: GinZing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel
Best for redness and uneven skin tones: Lancome Hydra Zen Gel-Cream
Best for dull skin: Belif The true Cream Aqua Bomb
Best for brightening: Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel
Best for plumping/firming: Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream
Best for fine lines: Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Gel
Best for sensitive skin: Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Gel
Best for budget: Tarte Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost
IT Cosmetics Gel Lotion is not just lightweight, it’s a weightless gel moisturizer that delivers 72 hours (wow) of deep hydration.
Oil-free and non-comedogenic, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly and quenches thirsty skin.
GinZing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel will wake your skin up in the morning with a combination of caffeine and ginseng, which are both natural energizers.
Lancome Hydra Zen Gel-Cream combines beneficial ingredients like Salicylic Acid for visibly smoother skin texture, Rose Extract for hydration, and Peony Root Extract for antioxidants and soothing benefits.
A cult favorite, the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb gel-cream is made to ‘burst’ when applied, releasing intensive hydration. It’s lightweight and absorbs fast with no greasy residue.
Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel is a lightweight gel moisturizer infused with squalane and probiotic ingredients that improve the skin’s appearance with brightening effects.
Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream is “Clinically proven to provide all-day hydration and revive the appearance of dull & tired skin — leaving it looking more supple, plump, and glowy.”
Watermelon Pink Juice Oil-Free Gel absorbs quickly and calms, brightens, and boosts skin with hyaluronic acid. It preps skin for makeup and doubles as a serum for dry skin.
Laneige Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Gel is “Full of tiny cream beads that melt on contact, delivering glow-y hydration your skin will love. Blue Hyaluronic Acid is micro sized to absorb better and faster for intense, lasting hydration.”
Tarte Sea Drink of H20 Hydrating Boost is a vegan gel moisturizer that calms and refreshes thirsty skin with electrolyte-filled hydration.
Gel moisturizers are perfect for warmer weather! Do you switch to a gel during summer? Let us know in the comments!
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