April 06, 2023

9 Of The Best Lightweight Facial Moisturisers For Hydrated, Healthy Skin

Featherweight and nourishing? These moisturisers scream crème de la crème…

In the skincare lineup, the cornerstone always is, and always should be a moisturiser. While your relationship with lotions should be entirely uncomplicated and fuss-free—new innovations, formula changes, and never ending ingredient listicles can, at the best of times, get the better of us. 

So, whether you’re in search of a non-comedogenic slathering, a formula that repairs and refines or a base layer that’ll see you through humidity and heat—we roundup the cream of the crop with nine featherweight moisturisers that pack a hydrating and protecting punch. Your skin barrier will thank you!

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Tatcha The Water Cream

Tatcha’s Water Cream has long reigned as a cult favourite moisturiser for makeup and skincare enthusiasts alike. It’s an easy go-to as it not only withstands the weatherproof check against heat and humidity but it contains a tableau of pro-ageing benefits. The non-comedogenic formula draws on Japanese wild rose and leopard lily alongside the brand’s iconic hadasei-3TM complex to tighten pores, smooth texture and restore that lit-from-within glow. Not to mention it controls excess sebum production. It’s no wonder it’s amassed a cult following.

SHOP NOW: Tatcha The Water Cream, $115

Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream

Promises do not fall short with Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream. Skin plumping hydration is delivered in the form of three kinds of hyaluronic acid, the skin barrier is supported thanks to ceramides and amino acids and skin-tone is evened out as papaya enzymes work to buff and refine the skin. Oh, it’s also vegan, paraben and sulphate-free.

SHOP NOW: Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream, $74

Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion

Find yourself experiencing a tactile surprise with Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion. The unique formulation feels fresh and cooling on the skin and is infused with a duo of hydrating hyaluronic acid and Japanese marine algae—a blend beneficial for all skin types. It’s also fortified with amino acids and vitamin B which work to improve the skin’s elasticity over time. 

SHOP NOW: Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Oil-Free Moisture Cushion, $100

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a bestseller because it just gets what we need (even during the winter months). The formula is non-greasy, comfortable to wear and boasts a glacial glycoprotein, squalane and avocado oil smoothie. The benefits? Ultra-hydration that lasts, prevention from water loss and plump, silky smooth skin. 

SHOP NOW: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, $58

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

If you find yourself on the ultra-sensitive skin train just remember you’re not alone! First Aid Beauty has you covered with their Ultra Repair Cream. Not only is it suitable for eczema prone skin thanks to its colloidal oatmeal, but it also actively calms sensitive or inflamed skin. While this cream might feel a little richer in comparison to its hyaluronic base counterparts, it soaks into the skin and leaves no greasy residue behind.

SHOP NOW: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, $68 

Go-To Lightweight Moisturiser

Say goodbye to shine with this refillable Go-To Lightweight Moisturiser. The key to its success? That would be clover flower extract—an ingredient known to effectively control excess sebum and oil and minimise the appearance of pores—ceramides and provitamin b5. All we can say is calm, smooth and bouncy skin is headed your way. 

SHOP NOW: Go-To Lightweight Moisturiser, $55

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: CeraVe. That’s it, that’s all you need to know (we kid!). Consider CeraVe’s Daily Facial Moisturising Lotion as the ultimate drugstore moisturiser. Developed and recommended by dermatologists, the fragrance-free and allergy tested formula contains a blend of three ceramides and hyaluronic acid that provide all day (sans greasy) hydration. It’s simplicity makes it effective, friendly and not to mention affordable.

SHOP NOW: CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion, $21.49

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream

Glow Recipe’s refillable Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream is lightweight, clean and caters to multiple skin types. The whipped gel-cream derives its colour from kakadu, illawarra and burdekin plum and its ultra-replenishing qualities are produced from a duo of polyglutamic and hyaluronic acid. Essentially, this duo takes hydration one step further as polyglutamic acid is peptide that boosts the efficacy of hyaluronic acid. 

SHOP NOW: Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream, $65

Benefit POREfessional Smooth Sip Moisturiser

Benefit’s new POREfessional gel-cream moisturiser is the newest water-based kid on the block. If you’re in search of a refreshing, quick-absorbing cream then look no further. The inclusion of squalane and aloe vera offers instant and lasting hydration that leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished. It also features niacinamide, celery and flax seed extracts that work together to smooth texture and skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores. The entourage doesn’t end there, it’s also non-comedogenic, skin-balancing, and dermatologist-tested.

SHOP NOW: Benefit POREfessional Smooth Sip Moisturiser, $44


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