12 Moisturizers That Feel Fresh, Not Greasy

by Miki Hayes

Pretty much regardless of your skin type, moisturizer can become a tricky product to deal with during the summer months. Because whether you could always use extra moisture or you naturally have plenty to spare, one thing's for sure: A non-greasy moisturizer is the way to go when the heat and humidity are on the rise. After all, when you're almost guaranteed to sweat at some point (if not throughout the entire day), starting your day with a greasy mug doesn't feel all that great.

That's where mattifying and light-weight moisturizers come in. Because no matter your skin type, yes — even if you're super oily, it's still important for your skin health to moisturize regularly. And even though it may seem like there's no such thing as a moisturizer that doesn't make you even oilier or leave you with that dreaded tacky feeling (yeah, you know the one) there actually are some options that will keep your skin balanced without you feeling like you need a blotting sheet immediately after moisturizing. Not to mention they may even offer additional benefits like soothing irritation or fighting signs of aging. So the summer doesn't get the better of your skin, here are 12 moisturizers to try for totally lightweight hydration.

1. Mattifying Moisturizer

Try: Grown Alchemist Matte Balancing Moisturizer, $69, Revolve

Those with combination skin will love this lightweight moisturizer that balances oils to leave skin with a natural-matte finish.

2. Natural Moisturizer

Try: Pestle & Mortar Hydrate Moisturizer, $74, QVC

This weightless moisturizer is made with natural ingredients that will firm and renew any skin type.

3. Cotton Moisturizer

Try: Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Moisturizer, $13, Amazon

Cotton extract and cottonseed oil will hydrate and soothe sensitive and allergy-prone skin without leaving it with a greasy feel.

4. Soothing Cream

Try: SkinRx Lab MadeCera Cream, $36, Urban Outfitters

Gently hydrate and repair damaged, dehydrated, and sensitive skin with this soothing, moisturizing, non-greasy cream.

5. Water Gel

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Try: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $16, Amazon

Instantly quench your skin's thirst with this fast-absorbing gel that hydrates all skin types without leaving behind an oily residue.

6. Antioxidant Moisturizer

Try: OLEHENRIKSEN Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, $38, Sephora

Hydrate and smooth all skin types with this antioxidant-rich, oil-free moisturizer.

7. Gel Cream

Try: Thank You Farmer True Water Light Gel Cream, $38, Ulta

Fight signs of aging in oily and acne-prone skin with this lightweight, moisturizing gel-cream.

8. Hydrating Gel

Try: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, $52, Amazon

This vitamin-packed gel will instantly hydrate all skin types and even improve moisture retention without the greasy feel.

9. Clearing Moisturizer

Try: MISSHA Super Aqua Anti-Trouble Formula Clearing Moisturizer, $14, Target

There'll be no sticky finish with this moisturizer that calms irritated and acne-prone skin and leaves it freshly hydrated.

10. Water Moisturizer

Try: Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer, $39, Sephora

Hydrate, smooth, and soften any skin type while promoting balanced moisture levels with this refreshing gel.

11. Purifying Moisturizer

Try: Derma E Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, $23, Amazon

Silky and oil-free, this multitasking moisturizer protects the skin against environmental stressors while supporting non-greasy hydration and nourishment — perfect for oily, active, and sensitive skin types.

12. Cooling Cream

Try: belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb, $38, Sephora

This oil-free gel-cream thoroughly hydrates combination and oily skin types while cooling and refreshing the skin. Perfect for hot and humid days.

Because summer skin doesn't need to start out greasy.