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Q&A Thursday: Summer Moisturizers

QUESTION:“Ma’am! I need a lightweight moisturizer for the summer! I have oily/normal skin, and heavy moisturizers break me out — plus, they feel sticky and gross in this hot weather. FYI, grad student budget.” — Carrie1986

ANSWER: I hear you, baby. Few things are grosser than a heavy duty moisturizer perched atop a sweaty face on a 99 degree day. Ewwwie Gwoss (Bobina-ism). But even if your skin is oily to the max, it’s a mistake is to skip moisturizer altogether in the summer. Your skin needs hydration more than ever, especially since you’re sweating it all out. Just go for something a tad lighter — switch from creams to gels — and maybe try one with some shine-blocking properties. For mi dinero, these three are the best ones on the market:


Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Lightweight UV-Lotion ($7.99) is so nice on super-sweltering days. This gentle lotion keeps your skin totally hydrated, but it disappears the second you apply it — no residue, no leftover stickiness. Plus, it has UV protection, which is great if you’re going to be out in the sun.

Coola MineralFace Matte Finish Cucumber SPF 30 ($36) is my favorite summer moisturizer, hands down. Green girls will love it because it’s organic and blended with chemical-free sunblock…but I adore it because it goes on matte. So key if you tend to perspire a lot, or if you have an oily T-zone. Oh yeah, it also doubles as a fine-line-diffusing primer! A++.


Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 ($28) is completely oil-free and awesome for acne-prone skin. Spiked with Benefit’s fancy tri-radiance complex (to help the skin retain water), this sheer moisturizer protects, soothes, and softens summertime skin without clogging pores. And the vintage-y bottle will look so sweet on your vanity.

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  1. July 11, 2012 7:01 pm 

    This is good to know. I have tried everything from Burts Bees but way to oily. I’ve tried every product too at whole foods almost. I do the at home facial with the Riiviva Microdermabrasion tool for my acne scarring and it’s terrific. Its here at http://www.riiviva.com.
    Do you have any recommendations as to what avenue to take for mositurizing with out all the oily residue that happens when I use oils. Thanks

  2. Debbie
    August 8, 2012 9:46 pm 

    I tried the Coola and it gave me gray face! Any suggestions on how to avoid this? It also melted somehow and after about 3 days of use started coming out as a liquid no matter how hard I shook it up. HELP!