15 Gel Moisturizers for the Summer

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top hydrating gels for hot weather humidity

When the weather gets hot I simply can't stand to use an oily, rich moisturizer on my face. I feel like it suffocates my skin and makes me sweat! So every summer I switch my usual day cream for an oil-free gel moisturizer to get all the hydration my combo skin needs, without the yucky heavy sensation. Keep reading for my selection of the 15 best gel moisturizers to try!

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I've tried a lot of these gel moisturizers myself, and the others are on my list of the next products to test. Here are the ones I've used in the recent past:

- H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment: this is one of the lightest gel in this list, but also one of the least hydrating. It's perfect for oily skin or people who live in a very warm, humid climate! It basically feels like water.
- Dior Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme: this creamy gel melts on the skin and has a light citrusy scent. It's really refreshing yet provides a good amount of moisture. It's the perfect pick for those who love luxury brands! I reviewed it a while back, before Dior updated the packaging last year.
- Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream: one of my favorites of all times! The texture is like no other, it's a light gel-cream that feels like water on the skin. You have to try it for yourself! The only issue I have is that it doesn't always play well with silicone-based makeup primers, it causes some to pill.
- Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel: I've used Clarins skincare for many years, and their revamped Hydra-Essentiel line is one of my favorites. It's very refreshing and perfect for my combination dehydrated skin.
- Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Gel Moisturizer: I received this one from Influenster a few weeks ago and I've been loving it. The gel-cream texture is very light but packs a ton of moisture.

Among the ones I haven't tried yet, here are the moisturizers that are at the top of my wishlist:

- the new Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, for its attractive price tag ($28 for a 4.2oz bottle!),
- Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer, because of the intriguing cactus extract,
- Tatcha The Water Cream, because I'm partial to high end brands in case you hadn't noticed!
- L'Occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel Moisturizer, because it's also well-priced, and I'm a big fan of the brand.

Do you prefer to use gel moisturizers in the summer too? What are your favorites?

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