When I try to describe my skin in the summer, the only word I can think of is finicky. It’s prone to sweat-induced acne and hyper-sensitive because, frankly, I love the sun, which dries it out. Even though I think of summer as my most low-maintenance time of year beauty-wise, taking care of my skin will always require effort. On even my laziest days, I always slap on a little moisturizer. These are my favorites:
1. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich ($35)
PMR is one of my all-time favorite moisturizers, but I don’t use this during the day in the summer. I use this to sooth my skin every night, and it’s one of the only things gentle enough for my sun-sensitized skin.
This moisturizer is made with superfoods, including coconut and quinoa, and leaves my skin radiant, glowing, and with my pesky pores minimized.
3. Darphin Hydraskin Light ($62)
Gel cream moisturizers are great for lightweight deep hydration, and Darphin’s is one of the bests around.
I recently discovered Ole Henriksen’s new Balance line, and have been using this lightweight, mattifying moisturizer every day to keep my oily t-zone in check. I’ve always been a big fan of Ole’s lovely products. You can read my review on the Pore-Balance™ Facial Sauna Scrub, also from this new line.
5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($16)
This moisturizer has reached cult status after only a few years, and it’s pretty obvious why: it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, the best ingredient for smooth, plump skin and is sold at drugstores everywhere. At $16, it’s the most affordable product on my list, and one I come back to time and again.