Top 6 Lightweight Moisturizers

You won’t be wearing a turtleneck on a hot summer day – similarly, your skin will be more comfortable with a light moisturizer rather than a heavy cream or face.

Typically, light moisturizers are water-based, not oil or butter-based, which allows them to sit more lightly on your skin. In that sense, you can get your hydration fix – but without all the weight. We asked three dermatologists to share their favorite spendthrift and budget-friendly options.

Luxury.SkinCeuticals Daily Moisturizer, $63
Dr. Debra Jaliman – a board certified dermatologist and author of the book Skin Rules. A trade secret from a top New York dermatologist” – she says this lightweight moisturizer is perfect for all skin types, including those prone to acne.

“Since witch hazel is a natural astringent, it can also help reduce inflammation, oil production and redness,” she says, “and it’s great for shrinking pores.” This lightweight hydration product also contains seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid for super hydration and anti-aging benefits.” The result is healthy, non-irritated skin that is plump and nourished.

Save money.CeraVe Ultra Bright Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30, $14.99
CeraVe is a dermatologist’s favorite, not just because it has a price point that won’t make you gush, but because the formula is simple and effective.” This particular moisturizer contains ceramides, which are used to protect the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture without clogging pores,” says. Dr. Jaliman said.” It is also super hydrating and has anti-aging properties. The hyaluronic acid in this lotion moisturizes and plumps the skin, and I love that it’s light in texture, doesn’t get oil and doesn’t clog pores.” Another benefit is that it has an SPF of 30.

Luxury. revaleskin night cream, $132
“As a dermatologist, I receive many samples to test, and I find myself recommending this moisturizer time and time again,” says Dr. Zenovia Gabriel, a dermatologist and hormonal skin specialist who is also a board certified dermatologist.” It’s a very effective lightweight formula that hydrates the skin while also fighting free radical damage through high levels of antioxidants.” She told us that although it’s a very light formula, it’s packed full of hydrating, nourishing power.

Save money.CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, $15.99.
Dr. Zenovia is also a big fan of CeraVe, for the reasons we mentioned a few slides back. She said she is always looking for affordable products that she can confidently recommend to her patients, and CeraVe has met her needs time and time again. She says, “PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is one of my favorite inexpensive products because it’s so light on the skin and contains hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramide, making it ideal for hydration and moisturization. It’s especially good for oily skin because of its light, oil-free texture.”

Luxury. emepelle serum, $175
When a dermatologist can’t wait to try a certain product, it’s a good sign. Dr. Jessie Cheung, a board-certified dermatologist in Chicago, is one such example of this expensive Emepelle serum.” When I heard this moisturizer was coming out, I was waiting to get my hands (and face) on it because it’s the first moisturizer that targets hormone receptors in aging skin. She says, “Estrogen is essential for maintaining collagen and moisture in the skin, and Aemebol also has skin brighteners and antioxidants.” I love it because I see the glow and hydration it gives my skin. You can start using Emepelle in your 30s; it’s great for anyone who wants to prevent or treat dark, dry or fine lines and sagging skin.”

Save money.Vanicream Moisturizing Lotion, $13.50.
Like CeraVe, many dermatologists prefer Vanicream because it’s formulated without the most common irritants and allergens.” Vanicream moisturizing lotion can be applied anywhere on the body and is non-greasy and won’t clog pores.” Dr. Chang said.” I love it because it’s easy to apply, absorbs quickly, has no smell, and it has a pump so my kids can apply it themselves. It can be used on all skin types, even the most sensitive ones.”