If you hate the feeling of rich, heavy face creams, it's time to get familiar withthe best lightweight moisturizers. Regardless of your skin type or formula preference — whether you breakout easily, have extremely sensitive skin, or favor moisturizers with sunscreen already built in — you're guaranteed to find a great, lightweight moisturizer that suits your individual needs, below.
That said, shopping for a moisturizer can be a confusing process; after all, there are so many out there. So, I got in touch with two experts to help figure out the process: Dr. Yoram Harth, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and Medical Director of MDacne, and Dr. Meghan Feely, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey and New York City who serves as a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai’s Department of Dermatology.
If your skin tends to be oily, look for lightweight moisturizers that are oil-free, suggests Dr. Harth. "A moisturizer that is marked 'oil-free,' or 'non-comedogenic' will usually be lighter and better for people with normal, oily, and acne-prone skin," he says. Lotions are typically lighter than creams or oils, and many people with oily skin prefer gel-based moisturizers, which feel featherlight going on and absorb in a flash.
If your skin is dry or has dry areas, that doesn’t mean you can’t use a lightweight moisturizer, but a creamier formula may be preferable, and you'll want to seek out effective hydrating ingredients. "Patients should look for products containing 'ceramides' and 'humectants,'" suggests Dr. Feely. "Ceramides are a component of our skin's lipid bilayer that makes the skin 'waterproof,' [to help retain] moisture, and humectants attract moisture to our skin," she explains.