My skin gets pretty greasy in the summer but I don't want to neglect it. Do I have to use a moisturizer? If I do, what are some really light moisturizers that won't feel heavy or greasy?
Summer heat and moisturizers don't mix too well. If you've ever tried to eat an ice cream cone in 90-degree weather, you know what I'm talking about. It softens, it gets sticky, and soon you're left with a handful of goo.
So when you're in the middle of a heat wave but still want to keep your skin hydrated, avoid lotions or moisturizers that are laden with emollients. In dry and cold environments, emollients prevent moisture loss by depositing a layer of oil on the skin. When humidity levels rise, even lighter lotions can feel occlusive.
Some of the most lightweight moisturizers come in three basic textures: Serum, gel, and mousse. These types of cosmetics tend to have a high concentration of water and therefore absorb quickly while imparting vitamins and nutrients into the skin. Here's what to look for when you're scoping out the cosmetics aisle during summer weather:
A serum isn't necessarily a moisturizer, but it can perform double-duty for those with oilier skin types. Usually, serums are designed to use alongside an occlusive moisturizer. Since it's harder for active ingredients to penetrate through emollient ingredients, serums contain higher concentrations of active ingredients and are applied before lotions to ensure that they sink into skin. Serums have high water content and little to no emollients. As a result, the skin absorbs them rapidly and they don't leave a layer of film. L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Renewing Serum contains Vitamin C, a potent anti-oxidant, as well as glycerin to hydrate skin. If you're looking for a more economical option, try Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Regenerating Serum, which also contains Vitamin C as well as lycopene, another anti-oxidant.
A moisturizing gel strikes the perfect balance between a little hydration and fresh, non-sticky skin. Gels are usually thicker in texture than serums and may contain a low concentration of light emollients. Biotherm's Aquasource Non-Stop Oligo-Thermal Gel is a popular gel moisturizer that contains Vitamin E in an ultra-light formula. Shiseido's Pureness Moisturizing Gel-Cream also adds moisture while its cornstarch formula helps absorb excess oil. A less pricey gel option is Boots No. 7 Rebalancing Day Gel, available now at CVS stores.
The texture of mousse lends itself perfectly to lightweight moisture. Since it's aerated, mousse moisturizers are incredibly lightweight. In addition, it's a sensible option since a little goes a long way. Olay Definity's Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer comes in both regular and fragrance-free formulations and its alcohol-free formula absorbs quickly. In addition, it contains aloe to help cool down skin.
Since many of these weightless moisturizers don't include SPF, make sure you apply sunscreen after allowing your lotion to penetrate. A light sunblock like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock will also absorb quickly and is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin. Carry blotting papers to touch up your face throughout the day.
Published On: July 22, 2008