Photography: Emma Palmer
With summer finally here, it’s time for your usual rich moisturisers and thicker face creams to take a back seat. “The warmer months require lighter creams because of the increased humidity and sweat,” says Nicolas Travis, founder of Allies of Skin. “Your skin requires the same amount of nutrients throughout the year, but you should mix up the textures depending on the season. There is a fine line between looking dewy and oily and a richer cream can take you over that line during the summer,” he adds. Read on to discover five of our favourite lightweight hydrators…
Best For Rehydrating And Nourishing Skin
NEW Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Light
If you love Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Magic Cream but find it a little too heavy in the warmer months, you’ll be pleased to know it now comes in a lightweight texture. “Sometimes there’s a need for a lighter-textured moisturiser that still delivers clinically-proven results in hydration, skin-smoothing and skin defence,” says Charlotte Tilbury. “This fluid-like moisturiser is great for humid conditions, sweat-inducing summer weather and those with oily skin.”
Best For Smoothing Out Fine Lines
Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Day Cream
As we age our skin loses its natural firmness and plumpness, which often results in fine lines. This super nourishing moisturiser combines next generation technology with powerful antioxidants to help counter this and re-plump, smooth and firm skin over time. For a brighter and bouncier complexion where fine lines and wrinkles are less prominent, this lighter moisturiser should be in your beauty arsenal.
Best For Calming And Repairing Sensitive Skin
Elemis Superfood Day Cream
With a vegan-friendly formula of antioxidant oils, vitamins and supergreens, this replenishing cream helps to cool and calm your skin. With the addition of active prebiotics, it also helps to repair and rebalance your skin barrier. This is key as your barrier helps to lock in nutrients and hydration and ease irritation.
Best For Reviving Dull, Tired-Looking Skin
Allies of Skin Molecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream
Packed with eight hydrators and 10 antioxidants, this nutrient-rich, multitasking gel cream offers protection against free radicals and skin-damaging environmental aggressors, including pollution. It also works wonders for reviving and nourishing tired-looking skin. Expect firmer, clearer and brighter looking skin within days.
Best For Evening Out Skin Tone And Easing Dark Spots
Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Moisturiser
Not only will this nourishing daily moisturiser help to soften your skin and improve overall radiance, it also eases the appearance of dark spots thanks to the inclusion of niacinamide and white peony root extract. We’ve also found that it serves as a great primer under makeup too.