What Is A Lightweight Moisturizer And Why You Need One

strawberry rhubarb hyaluronic hydrator

What Is A Lightweight Moisturizer And Why You Need One

Written By:

Thea Christie

Lightweight moisturizers are a lifesaver when you don’t want to layer on a rich moisturizer every day. If you’re dealing with oily skin or breakouts, a lighter texture will absorb quickly and hydrate your skin just as effectively; you don’t necessarily need a rich-textured moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and supple. But, where to start? We’re going to narrow down the best ingredients and lightweight moisturizers to try, for all skin types. 

Benefits Of A Lightweight Moisturizer

Hydrates The Skin

Lightweight moisturizers are designed to hydrate and soften the skin without leaving it feeling shiny or slick. Upon application, it should feel refreshingly light and hydrating while giving you maximum non-greasy moisture. 

Wears Well Under Makeup And SPF

Lightweight moisturizers wear well under makeup and your SPF because of their thin texture. They not only moisturize dry skin but also resist pilling and caking.

Suitable For Summer And Winter

When the temperature rises, the last thing you want is a moisturizer that is too rich for your skin type. If the moisturizer isn’t suitable, your skin might attract a buildup of sweat and grime. The lighter texture is ideal for warmer weather and seasonal changes as these hydrating creams feel almost weightless. During the cold weather season, lightweight moisturizers like our Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator still have a place in your winter skin care routine. Layering one into your usual routine keeps your skin soft and supple all season long. Read on for our three-step mini routine, perfect for wintry weather.

Prevents Buildup and Breakouts

Your skin may benefit from a lightweight moisturizer particularly if you have acne-prone or oily skin. Since lightweight moisturizers are not heavy and absorb quickly into the skin, they may prevent further buildup or breakouts from occurring. 

Provides A Light Texture

Sometimes your skin doesn’t need the protection of a rich moisturizer. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t usually wear a creamy moisturizer, you may prefer the light and fresh feeling of a lightweight moisturizer.


You can also avoid greasy textures with lightweight moisturizers. With less rich oils in their formulation, these lighter moisturizers avoid leaving a shine behind. 

Product picks first

Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator Echinacea Recovery Cream

Body second

Lightweight Moisturizers for Every Skin Type

Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator

The Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator won in the Allure Best of Beauty 2022 Awards, taking a highly coveted spot in the Clean Beauty category. Allure’s beauty editors said: “It’s hydrating! It’s brightening! It’s … pink! There’s no shortage of reasons to love this quick-to-absorb [hydrator], but if you want another one: It smells like a freshly baked strawberry pie.” 

Thanks to a Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Complex, this gel-cream moisturizer aids dry or dehydrated skin by providing intense hydration while still feeling light on the skin. This formula also contains strawberry, which provides naturally occurring salicylic acid. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates and removes a buildup of dead skin cells to brighten the look of a dull complexion.  

Echinacea Recovery Cream

Echinacea Recovery Cream assists with reducing the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Echinacea defends the skin against environmental stressors such as pollution while yarrow herb provides nutrient-rich moisturization. The skin receives further hydration from evening primrose oil. Aloe vera also helps to improve the look of elasticity in the skin for a more youthful-looking complexion. 

Customer Sharon A. praised the Echinacea Recovery Cream: “Miracle moisturizer! I am so happy with the results I am getting from using this moisturizer. I use it before bedtime every other day and in the morning my skin feels hydrated, soft, and radiant with a noticeable reduction in redness … I have gotten so many compliments on my complexion so I will definitely keep using it.”

Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer

This award-winning lightweight moisturizer is suitable for normal and oily skin. Carefully formulated to cool, nourish and cleanse the skin, the Clear Skin Probiotic Masque eliminates the appearance of problem skin. It keeps the look of problem skin under control thanks to cucumber juice, yogurt, willow bark and tea tree oil. The Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer also contains a Biocomplex2™, a booster of antioxidants that gives your skin a more radiant appearance.  

Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer

If your skin is feeling dull and dry, our Mangosteen Gel Moisturizer is formulated with superfruit mangosteen to revitalize dry skin and refine the look of pores. This moisturizer was recognized by Allure’s 2021 Best of Beauty as a winner in the Clean Beauty Product category. It contains red clover flower extract to reduce the appearance of pores and refine the skin texture. Ribose (from corn seeds) also assists with making your complexion look smooth and youthful. This hydrating formula begins as a dewy gel and melts into the skin for a smooth, matte finish.

One happy customer Lisa J. left a review about this moisturizer, stating: “WonderfuI. I have oily skin, even at age 61. It’s difficult to find a moisturizer that will nourish but not oil up my complexion. I found it. Love this stuff!”

A Three-Step Mini Routine

Wondering how to incorporate a lightweight moisturizer into your daily skin care? We’ve created a mini three-step routine including the lightweight Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator paired with the Birch Water Purifying Essence and Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil. This routine boosts your skin with the combination of hydrating birch water, rosehip oil and a Botanical Hyaluronic Acid Complex. 

Step 1: Prep The Skin

Prep your skin for your skin care routine with the Birch Water Purifying Essence. Birch water is very nutrient-rich and purifies and hydrates the skin. This formula also provides moisturizing benefits and reduces the look of wrinkles and fine lines. 

To use, apply a small amount of product in your hands or on a cotton pad and pat it onto your skin. Leave on.

Step 2: Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Hydrator

This mixture of multi-weight hyaluronic acid and marshmallow root is the second step in this routine, keeping moisture in your skin so that it remains hydrated and smooth. To use, apply a layer over the entire face, neck and décolleté area and leave it on.

Step 3: Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil

The Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil gives your skin further hydration thanks to essential fatty acid ingredients. Jojoba, rosehip and seabuckthorn oils also promote skin elasticity and hydration.  

Apply a thin layer of oil (two to three drops) to your face and neck. Massage in with circular motions once or twice daily. Leave it on.

Ready to decide on a moisturizer? To narrow down your decision, you can also view our other moisturizer guides, including:

  • Best Moisturizers for Dry, Sensitive And Oily Skin Types
  • The Best Illuminating Moisturizer For Radiant Skin
  • Winter Skin Care Tips: The Best Serums, Face Oils & Moisturizers

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