Do most moisturizers feel too heavy on your skin and leave you looking shiny—or even worse, broken out? If you said yes, then it’s time to lighten up. Gel moisturizer is the answer for anyone seeking sheer, non-greasy hydration that won’t clog your pores.
Unlike creams, gels are high in water-attracting agents called humectants (like aloe and glycerin), and low in thicker occlusives (like oils and butters). This gives them an ultra-lightweight texture that absorbs into your skin right away, and is less likely to trigger acne.
What’s more, the latest generation of gels do more than just moisturize. Many formulas also contain soothing, brightening and repairing ingredients, and are low in potential irritants (like fragrance and alcohol). Plus, they’re so weightless, you can wear them under sunscreens, face oils or even other moisturizers for an extra boost of hydration.
Here are the best gel moisturizers on the market, why I chose them, and what you need to know about each one.
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