The Best Lightweight Moisturizers for Summer

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Make your skin look hydrated, not shiny.

01 of 08
Krause, Johansen

It seems like everything can get more minimal in the summer. You can wear less makeup, let your hair air dry, and cut your skincare regimen back to just the basics (with the exception of sunscreen, of course, which should be heavily included). While you might be tempted to cut a few steps from your everyday beauty routine, using a daily moisturizer is a non-negotiable. Whether your skin is naturally oily, dry, or somewhere in between, the thick moisturizers you used in the cooler months won't quite cut it—unless you're really going for a super shiny look. But that doesn't mean you don't need moisturizer—especially when you're getting married, since a light layer of moisturizer can act as a great prep step to make your makeup go on smoothly. So we've rounded up our favorite lightweight lotions that will keep your complexion dewy and healthy without the oil slick.

Say goodbye to your heavy lotion and welcome one of these lightweight wonders into your everyday routine. We promise you won't be disappointed. Here, seven moisturizers you need to be using right now.

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Biologique Recherche

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Courtesy of Shop Rescue Spa

This was recommended to us when our skin was acting up with excess oil and acne. It contains hyaluronic acid (which most of the following moisturizers will contain, as it's super light and hydrating but holds 1,000 times its weight in water), along with fatty acids like grapeseed oil (it's moisturizing but feels light on the skin), and anti-inflammatory agents like Kudzu extract to calm and soothe redness.

Biologique Recherche "Biosensible S.R." Sebum-Regulating Moisturizer, $176,


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Dr. Jart+

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Courtesy of Sephora

This new gel is perfect for the hotter months. It contains Belgian hot spring water, which, aside from sounding luxe, actually does something good for your skin. It contains minerals that help remove impurities from the pores, and has antibacterial benefits to prevent blemishes. It's also high in hyaluronic acid, and is rich in tannins, which help prevent photo aging.

Dr. Jart+ "Water Fuse" Hydrating Gel, $39,


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Courtesy of Walgreens

Try Cetaphil's new moisturizer with SPF 20—it's a combination tinted moisturizer and sunscreen, and helps to eliminate redness and even out skin tone. Bonus: It's fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, so it's safe to say that even those with the most sensitive skin types can rely on it without worrying about a reaction.

Cetaphil Redness-Relieving Moisturizer, $19.99,


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lightweight moisturizers bioderma
Courtesy of Dermstore

Bioderma, the classic French brand, has come out with a matte moisturizer and we couldn't be happier. It boasts eight-hour matte technology, so oily-skinned brides should keep this in their arsenal. Plus, it helps tighten pores and smooth the skin's texture, making it a great base for makeup.

Bioderma "Sébium" Mattifying Moisturizer, $19.90,


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Courtesy of Sephora

This one boasts a "clean air" formula, which is really important for anyone living in a polluted city (it helps prevent damage caused by pollution, like hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, and aging skin). Part of its magic is a blend of antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals in the air that can cause dull skin and premature aging.

Philosophy "Take a Deep Breath" Gel-Cream Moisturizer, $37


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lightweight moisturizers shiseido
Courtesy of Sephora

It's not just that we're obsessed with the clean, chic packaging of Shiseido's new Millennial-specific Waso line, but the product helps to balance sebum so that you're not oily in one place and dry in the other. (Those with combo skin, take note.) It's a multitasker—every Shiseido product does more than one thing—so expect to see fewer pores and and blemishes after use.

Shiseido "Waso" Oil-Free Moisturizer, $38,


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Tatcha "The Water Cream"
Courtesy of Tatcha

This anti-aging, nutrient-rich product works for any skin type and tackles dryness, dullness, and more. The ingredient list includes pure Japanese botanicals and even—wait for it—some 23-karat gold. Just the name sounds luxurious and hydrating—that's because it is.

Tatcha "The Water Cream" Hydrating Moisturizer, $68,


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