10 Lightweight Moisturizers For Spring (And Beyond)

Kelly Dougher
10 Lightweight Moisturizers For Spring (And Beyond)
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Winter is finally over, and for most of us that means relief from sandpaper-dry skin. Not so fast, though: just because warmer weather is here, that doesn’t mean you can skip moisturizer. Whatever your skin type and no matter how hot it gets, you still need a good daily facial moisturizer in the warmer weather to keep your skin hydrated and balanced. It’s just a matter of switching out your heavy duty winter moisturizer for something more lightweight.

But there are so many lightweight moisturizers to choose from! How do you know which one is right for you? Well, you’re in luck: here are ten of the best warm weather-approved moisturizers for every skin type and at every price point. You’re certain to find something that you love!

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Winter is finally over, and for most of us that means relief from sandpaper-dry skin. But just because warmer weather is here, that doesn't mean you can skip moisturizer. Whatever your skin type and no matter how hot it gets, you still need a good daily facial moisturizer in the warmer weather to keep your skin hydrated and balanced. It's just a matter of switching out your heavy duty winter moisturizer for something more lightweight.

But there are so many lightweight moisturizers to choose from! How do you know which one is right for you? Well, you're in luck: here are ten of the best warm weather-approved moisturizers for every skin type and at every price point. You're certain to find something that you love!

If you're on a budget: e.l.f. Skincare Daily Hydration Moisturizer, $8.

e.l.f. is known for their extremely affordable makeup, but they've also entered the skincare game this year. Their daily moisturizer is a great budget buy (under $10!) because it has natural ingredients like jojoba oil, aloe, vitamin E, and cucumber in addition to antioxidants like shea butter. This will keep your skin smooth and hydrated all day without letting it get greasy or shiny. It absorbs almost instantly and provides a great base for makeup. It has zero SPF though, so be sure you're wearing it with a sunscreen.

If you have sensitive skin: Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 Sensitive Skin, $9.

This moisturizer is a safe bet for anyone with sensitive skin. It's light and non-greasy, is fragrance-free (fragrance can be very irritating), has SPF 15 to protect from small doses of sun, and contains vitamin E and aloe to soothe skin.

If you prefer natural, cruelty-free products: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer, $12.

This moisturizer is not tested on animals and is free of synthetic colors and fragrances, synthetic preservatives, and parabens. In fact, 100% of its ingredients are natural and 10% are derived from organic farming. You'll love the natural tint that evens out skin tone and the inclusion of SPF 15.

If you need extra sun protection: Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50, $28.

Sometimes it can be a pain to have too many products to apply in the morning, especially when they don't layer well. This lightweight moisturizer with SPF 50 allows you to hydrate your skin while still being protected from the sun. We're not saying replace your sunscreen with this in the heat of the summer, but it is a great option for those who get a sunburn from a ten minute car ride.

If  you need a tinted moisturizer: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $29.

The line between makeup and skincare is blurring, thanks to multitasking products like this one. This is a lightweight cream that has just the right amount of tint to smooth out uneven skin and make you look dewy and fresh. This is makeup that wears like a moisturizer, and it really makes your skin softer and more hydrated.

If your skin is oily or acne-prone: Murad Acne Complex Skin Perfecting Lotion, $35.

Just because you have oily skin that doesn't mean you can skip moisturizer. In fact, not moisturizing your skin could cause it to dry out, produce more oil to compensate, then break out even more. This moisturizer solves that problem by delivering oil-free hydration for acne-prone skin. It will help keep your skin matte and smooth and provide a good base for makeup. Its only downside is lack of any SPF, so make sure you combine it with a good sunscreen.

If you struggle with redness: Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream, $47.

This moisturizer is a soothing and lightweight option for those with red or irritated skin. It's oil and fragrance-free and absorbs quickly, plus it's gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. But make sure to wear it with a daily sunscreen; because this has zero SPF and exposure to the sun will only make redness worse.

If you have mature skin: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 18, $53.

This is a great daytime moisturizer for warm weather if you're concerned about fine lines or very dry skin. It is quite rich but still manages to absorb quickly, hydrating skin while protecting from incidental amounts of sun exposure.

If you want to splurge: Laura Mercier Repair Oil-Free Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $98.

It might seem excessive to spend almost $100 on moisturizer, but when you consider that you wear it every day, it makes sense to want only the best. This moisturizer has SPF 15, is supremely lightweight, helps repair skin damage and prevent any future damage that can lead to premature aging, all while keeping skin smooth and radiant. Oh, and did we mention it does all this while being totally oil-free? Miracle cream status for sure.

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