9 of the best lightweight moisturizers for glowing summer skin

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With summer on its way, it's time to tuck those rich and thick creams you've been relying on in winter into the back of the closet. In the summer, it's important to switch to lightweight moisturizers, especially if you're prone to oily skin as it reduces the chances of your pores getting clogged and getting breakouts. 

Instead of heavier creams, switch to cooling gels, lotions and light moisturizers so that your skin can breathe easily while staying hydrated. 

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These moisturizers still pack a punch in terms of treating your skin, but they don't leave it feeling greasy as the temperature starts to climb. Look for lightweight, water-based formulas and cooling ingredients like grapes and aloe vera for plenty of hydration that won't clog pores. 

Ready to find your new summer favourite? Shop nine of the best moisturizers and lotions to switch to this season. 

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion

Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion. Image via Sephora
Sulwhasoo Essential Balancing Emulsion. Image via Sephora

This lightweight lotion is formulated with mountain peony extract to smooth uneven skin texture for a hydrated look. It's packed with a treasure trove of luxurious ingredients, including powerhouse hydrators like mango seed butter and liquorice root extract to give skin a soft and hydrated feel.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $83

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Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturizer

Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturizer. Image via Sephora
Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturizer. Image via Sephora

Caudalie's new lightweight moisturizing gel-cream is packed with antioxidants and natural prebiotic grape water to hydrate and soothe skin. It also contains aloe vera, which moisturizes, soothes, and retains water in the skin. It’s ideal for normal to combination skin since the lightweight texture melts into skin for a non-greasy finish.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $52

Charlotte Tilbury Lightweight Magic Cream Moisturizer

Charlotte Tilbury Lightweight Magic Cream Moisturizer. Image via Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury Lightweight Magic Cream Moisturizer. Image via Sephora

This lightweight daily moisturizer provides hydration for up to 24 hours and protects against air pollution and blue light. Created for oil-prone, combination skin and humid conditions, the product targets environmental aggressors, and leaves skin smoother with a natural finish.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $125

belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream

belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream. Image via Sephora
belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream. Image via Sephora

This lightweight cream contains vitamins C and E, plus four types of hyaluronic acid for bright, glowing skin. It's formulated with lady's mantle, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and a quadruple hyaluronic acid blend to maintain long-lasting moisture.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $56

Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer

Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer. Image via Sephora
Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer. Image via Sephora

This ultra-lightweight gel cream infuses thirsty skin with three types of hyaluronic acid and ceramides for non-stop hydration. Amino acids provide antioxidant protection and support skin's resilience, while pineapple enzymes smooth, soften and reveal brighter skin tone. 

SHOP IT: Sephora, $57

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel Moisturizer

Dermalogica Calm Water Gel Moisturizer. Image via Sephora
Dermalogica Calm Water Gel Moisturizer. Image via Sephora

This gel formula moisturizer refreshes the skin by transforming into a quenching fluid upon application. Dual hyaluronic acid technology works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture. It's packed with apple fruit extract to soften skin, glycerin for hydration and cactus pear to soothe sensitivity.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $70

Honest Beauty Daily Calm Lightweight Moisturizer

Honest Beauty Daily Calm Lightweight Moisturizer. Image via Shoppers Drug Mart
Honest Beauty Daily Calm Lightweight Moisturizer. Image via Shoppers Drug Mart

This lightweight and soothing moisturizer is made with liquid crystal technology to hydrate and help strengthen the skin's natural barrier. It contains a lipid-reinforcing calming phyto-blend that includes hyaluronic acid to help moisture retention.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $40

GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion

GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion. Image via Sephora
GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion. Image via Sephora

Goop's Glow Lotion offers long-term hydration benefits while it works to visibly improve skin's texture and smoothness. It's made with spirulina enzyme, a light-harvesting protein, vitamin C, and Kakadu plum to help combat dullness, allowing the skin to glow. 

SHOP IT: Sephora, $75

MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturizer

MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. Image via Sephora
MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturizer. Image via Sephora

This lightweight and residue-free moisturizer is formulated with soothing chamomile fatty acids to calm the skin and vitamins E and B5 to nurture and soothe irritation. It is also suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

SHOP IT: Sephora, $65

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