Summer Moisturizers for Normal-Oily Skin

The days are a longer and the air is humid- at least here in NYC. Summer has to be one of the most complicated times for my skin throughout the year. Having normal to oily skin that is also dehydrated requires just the right level of moisture and hydration. Not using the right mixture of both often results in further dehydration. Featured in this post are my current go to summer moisturizers that I typically use during the daytime hours.

The moisturizers listed below are all lightweight in consistency- but still hydrating. I typically gravitate to water creams and gel formulas, which are known to provide hydration without an oily feeling. I rotate through different moisturizers even within my morning routine based on the needs of my skin and the routine I may have done the night prior. Typically in the morning my skincare routine stays the same. Now that the summer is here and also the humidity I have to tweak my moisturizer choices to ensure that my skin with be hydrated, but not oily. 

 Jet Lag Mask

Price: $25 for 1 oz.

I previously reviewed the Jet Lag Mask back in February. At that time I was applying the Jet Lag Mask as an overnight mask, but felt that the results were little to none. After experimenting with different methods of applications and times of the day, I found that I really enjoyed using the Jet Lag Mask as a stand alone moisturizer. I tested out applying the mask within my morning routines and my evening routines. But I find that I really enjoy using the mask in the morning as a moisturizer.

I love that the formula sinks into the skin very quickly and doesn’t make me look shiny. I really liked the results during the spring time when the air was still on the drier side. However, I can still use this mask/moisturizer during the humid temperatures. I know the Jet Lag Mask is loved by those who have dry skin textures- but I honestly think it’s great for all skin textures.

I really like that the mask contains Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E and Arginine. This ingredient blend helps to provide moisture and antioxidants!

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Diheptyl Succinate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate , PEG 100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Physalis Angulata Extract, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Arginine, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mentha Arvensis (Cornmint) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)Peel Oil, Limonene, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract.


Felt Formula- Restart Silky Way Cream

Price : $21 for 1.6 ounces *gifted*

The Felt Restart Silky Way Cream is light weight cream that absorbs quickly into the skin. The cream helps to restore the skin’s natural barrier with ingredients like squalane, vitamin E, rose fruit, peony root and rosemary. I received this cream as a gift and I initially thought it would be like my other creams, which have consistencies that are too heavy for me use during the daytime hours. I was completely surprised that this cream was nothing like that. Only a little of product is needed and it sinks into the skin beautifully. I’m not left with my skin looking or feeling oily. I love that it also provides a healthy glow.

The light weight texture of the cream means that I can easily build up the moisture level by adding in an oil or a water based hydration serum to it. This cream has quickly been go to morning moisturizer during the last few weeks. If you have normal to oily skin, your skin will probably love it just as much as mine does. I also like that the cream does not have a noticeable scent. The price of the Restart Cream being only $21 for 1.7 ounces of product makes it a great deal!



Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer

Full Price: $38 for 1.6oz

Described as a light weight gel moisturizer that absorbs well into the skin. I find the texture of the Cactus water moisturizer can sometimes be difficult to work with. I say that because the gel texture feels very much like a velvety primer. This texture makes a great base if you’re applying makeup directly after your skincare. I follow-up my skincare directly with sunscreen and I noticed that some sunscreens (like the Supergoop Unseen) pills when applied with it. I think this could be that the two textures are two similar to one another. I’ve been enjoying trying out different sunscreens so this slight problem doesn’t bother me too much. I like the light weight texture. The formula of this moisturizer works great for those with normal to oily skin textures- especially in hot humid climates. 

 This formula makes for a great moisturizer for summer vacations or summer nights out!

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Carbomer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Saccharide Isomerate, Propanediol, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Citric Acid, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.


Drunk Elephant B-Hydra

Price for full price: $52 for 1.69oz

Click here to see my previous BlogPost Review

This is technically not a moisturizer, but more of a serum that provides ceramides and vitamins to protect the barrier of the skin. But I find that this works so well for my skin prior to going to the gym. B-Hydra is made with standout ingredients like B5 to protect the skin barrier and Hyaluronic acid for moisture. I’ve acquired multiple minis of the B-hydra from compilation kits and redeeming points at Sephora. At this point, I wouldn’t purchase the full size as it’s not a product that I use daily. But I really do like having it in my skincare collection. As most people prefer to mix this was other serums, I actually like using it alone.

Ingredients: Water, Coconut Alkanes, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Wheat Amino Acids, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Niacinamide, Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyproline, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin.


Tatcha Watercream

Price: $68 for 1.7 ounces

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If you’ve been following me for a while, then you probably know how much I love the Tatcha Water Cream. This has to be hands down my favorite day time moisturizer. I never use it at night as I prefer creams that have a heavier consistency. The Tatcha Water Cream in my humble opinion is the perfect light weight gel like texture. I love how well it absorbs into the skin and the light consistency. My only problem with the moisturizer is the high price tag. I have a couple of minis that I’ve been able to hold on to. Every daytime moisturizer that I try gets compared to the Tatcha Water cream and so far only a few have come close.

Ingredients: Water, Saccharomyces/Camellia Sinensis Leaf/Cladosiphon Okamuranus/Rice Ferment Filtrate*, Dimethicone, Propanediol, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Gold, Belamcanda Chinensis Root Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Mica, Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Phenyl Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Parfum/Fragrance, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol. *Hadasei-3.

By no means am I suggesting that your purchase all of these or even any of these creams.

The objective of this post is for you to look at what you already have in your skincare collection and to pick up a few facts that can help you determine the best moisturizer for your skin during these tricky months.

What is your favorite go to moisturizer at the moment?