Cover With summer fast appraching, we've complied a list of the best lightweight moisturisers for humid weather and warmer temperatures (Photo: Courtesy of Drunk Elephant)

From quick-absorbing face creams to refreshing gel formulas, these are the best lightweight moisturisers for the warmer weather

If you think frizzy hair is the summer’s biggest beauty bummer, you may want to think again. In a warm and humid city like Hong Kong, ensuring our hairstyle intact while sweating through the hot summer days can be a struggle—and it can seem nearly impossible to keep the skin cool and clean, too, especially these days, when face masks have become an essential part of everyday life. What’s worse? The sticky weather can also wreak havoc on your skin, resulting in melting makeup, undesired oiliness, and even breakouts.  

With even warmer days to come, it’s time to switch up your skincare routine and swap out your thick, rich winter creams for some lightweight moisturisers that can keep your skin as hydrated and fresh as possible. The right moisturiser will not only help ward off all sorts of summer skin woes, including clogged pores and heat rashes, but also leave you with a supple, glowy complexion.  

Want to invest in a quality moisturiser but not sure which products to choose from? Below, we’ve compiled a list of lightweight moisturisers that are perfect for summer 2021.  

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Tatcha The Water Cream

Housed in an Insta-worthy jar, Tatcha’s water-based cream is more than just a beautiful addition to your vanity. Oil-free, lightweight and incredibly soothing, the formula is loaded with premium ingredients, such as Japanese wild rose that helps in tightening large pores and improving the skin’s overall texture; and Japanese leopard lily that aids in reducing sebum production and skin irritation. It is compatible with many skin types and can be used day and night.  

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Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Light

A lighter version of cult beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Magic Cream, this product is perfect for all skin types. Harnessing the power of Replexium®, a breakthrough peptide duo for laser focus wrinkle targeting; vitamin E; as well as Citystem™️ that works to neutralise skin pollutants, the cream promises to nourish your skin for a glowing complexion with a satin-smooth finish—without leaving a greasy residue. Bonus: it's also formulated with SPF 20, meaning you don’t need to apply your sunscreen on top to keep the skin as refreshed as possible. 

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Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Tired, dry skin begone with this protein moisturiser from Drunk Elephant. It features a blend of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids and pygmy waterlily to firm and smooth the skin instantly, leaving it supple all day long with a more even skin tone. The magic of the moisturiser doesn’t stop here—it also promises to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and signs of sun damage over time. Just like other high-performance products from the brand’s range, this cream is also free from the “Suspicious Six” (namely essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical sunscreens, fragrances/dyes and SLS), meaning it’s great for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin. Pair it with the newly launched Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum for best results.  

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

With a loyal celebrity following including the likes of Kim Kardashian West, Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, you can trust that skincare scientist Dr. Barbara Sturm knows a thing or two about curating top-notch beauty solutions. This quick-absorbing face cream, which is known as one of the brand’s bestsellers, is enriched with purslane, antioxidants and powerful active ingredients to nourish the skin and help strengthen the skin membrane against free radicals. Results are immediate, where you will find the skin looking noticeably more radiant with improved texture—minus the shine—after just a few uses per week. 

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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet

This gel-to-water cream from Caudalie is a cult favourite for good reason. Infused with camomile extracts, organic grape water and antioxidants, the moisturiser is specially formulated to imbue the skin with refreshing hydration to reveal clear, nourished skin on those sweaty summer days. It’s lightweight, and easy to blend into the skin, which also doubles as a great make-up primer. 

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Dior Beauty Hydra Life Fresh Hydration – Sorbet Crème

This cooling cream formula curated by Dior Beauty is ideal for this time of year, which features precious French mallow flower haberlea leaf extract to deliver an instant dose of calming hydration while strengthening the skin’s barrier and offering a healthy, selfie-worthy glow. For an extra refreshing effect, you can place the cream in the refrigerator for one hour before use.  

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L'Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel Moisturiser

If you’re after just one product that can effectively moisturise, plump and nourish your skin all at once, this is a good bet. L’Occitane’s Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel Moisturiser does exactly what it promises, which boasts a blend of high-performance ingredients, including Reotier water, hyaluronic acid and glycerin to maintain your skin’s protective barrier, allowing you to enjoy long-lasting hydration and freshness throughout the day.  

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The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA

Revive dull, thirsty complexion with the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA from The Ordinary—a non-greasy, effective formula powered by amnio acids, hyaluronic acids and other compounds to instantly quench your skin for maximum glow. It’s very light, yet manages to deliver a substantial amount of hydration, so a little goes a long way. 

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