Making sure the skin retains moisture is really important — it can also help keep breakouts at bay: check out point no. four — but there is a fine line between being moisturized and that’s too much. When you’ve tried countless cream formulations and found they’re far too thick and heavy for your face, think instead of just one gel.
Gel moisturizers are water based lotions, which are textured lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. These produce less emollients and oils than the cream-based moisturizers. Gel moisturizers are compatible with a variety of skin types but their lack of oil usually makes them particularly compatible with oily skin and skin combinations. It is because there is no extra oil they apply to the skin. Instead, they hydrate and moisturize the skin without leaving a film or residue that is especially essential in types of oilier skin that are sensitive to shine. Many moisturizers in the gel are formulated with hyaluronic acid that can hydrate deeply the skin.
We’ve come up with the best gel moisturizers where you can choose from:
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream
This gel cream works with the natural oils in your skin to create a moisture balance, creating a barrier that will protect your face from dry weather (i.e. those miserable winter months). The result: not only will your skin be shielded from the conditions of the weather (humidity, temperature, etc.), it will look and feel healthier and hydrated without any unnecessary shine.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Although your body actually has its own reservoir of hyaluronic acid, giving it a dose higher (HA can hold 1000 times is water weight, Dr. Idriss adds.) can only help your skin absorb and maintain more moisture — which is essential if you feel * extra * dry, as you might imagine. Write the formula for the gel. It lightening-fast sinks into your skin, and leaves it feeling dewy for hours without it appearing greasy.
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer
If your skin needs a boost in the department of hydration, why not use a formula which will give it the kick of moisture it needs? This oil-free formula is filled with an extract of thirst-quenching aloe powder, glycerin, and jojoba and shea butter with a side of caffeine to help relax your skin. Don’t believe me, just read the two THOUSANDs and some Sephora.com reviews that say, and I’m paraphrasing, it doesn’t taste greasy, will leave you with radiant skin, and will cause zero breakouts or irritations.
L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel Moisturizer
In Provence you can thank the Réotier natural spring for keeping your skin hydrated all day long. Why? For what? It has a high content of calcium which allows your moisture barrier to remain intact. Basically, this solution is for you if your skin feels continuously and extremely dry.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
If, when you first became interested in skincare, your mom took you to the Clinique counter, it’s for good reason — the company is legit and delivering on its claims. Case in point: This lightweight, dermatologically tested gel that will actually make the skin look radically different, hydrate it with water, dimethicone, and glycerin and without fragrance, alcohol, and sodium laurel sulfate (the first two ingredients can be super drying and the second is a harsh washing agent that often dries out the skin further). Bonus: It allows those with oily or mixed skin to manage it and is branded non-acnegenic, so it won’t irritate your teint or trigger breakouts