The 12 Best Lightweight Moisturizers, According to Marie Claire Editors

Do you know how hard it is for a beauty editor to pick a favorite?

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Beyoncé said it best: "The most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturizer." (opens in new tab) Yes—always, ladies and gents, is what Queen Bey said. Summer is right around the corner, which means we must welcome sweaty skin with open arms. The thick moisturizers for dry skin you've been relying on all winter will need to take a step back, because the best lightweight moisturizer is about to come through and sweep your skin off its feet.

Why Should I Use a Lightweight Moisturizer?

Listen, skin is complicated and hard as hell to figure out. This may not be the case for you, but if you have oily or acne-prone skin, employing a great lightweight moisturizer could lessen your chances of clogged pores. With warmer weather, dense creams can tend to suffocate your skin and cause even more ailments. "As seasons change, so does your skin" Dr. Audrey Kunin (opens in new tab), board certified dermatologist and founder of DERMAdoctor explains. "Increased temperatures and elevated humidity tempt skin to pump out more skin oils. Applying a heavy moisturizer in these conditions creates a perfect storm to smother pores and increase the risk for breakouts." Staying hydrated is a non-negotiable, and being intentional about the moisturizer you're using when the seasons change can keep your glow on a trillion.

Team Marie Claire's beauty team is a tough crowd to please, and we've tried more moisturizers than most because, well, it's our job. So, consider this your beauty-editor approved list of the best lightweight moisturizers we can vouch for.

Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Writer, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends. She's a fan of vodka tonics and creepy Wikipedia pages.