Soak up these new moisturisers for a sheen-free summer
Lightweight moisturisers that still pack a punch in the summer months.
Don’t be fooled by the latest face moisturisers: they may feel like lightweights, but they still pack a punch. “Water-based moisturisers are lighter than traditional heavy creams, absorb easily into the skin and can offer the same level of hydration as richer formulas – sometimes even more,” explains Peter Thomas Roth, CEO and founder of his namesake brand.
One reason for these next-gen moisturisers is K-beauty (Korean skincare). Humid temperatures in Asia and a multi-step beauty routine call for thinner formulas. The other factor is innovation. “People used to go for thick moisturisers because they thought heavier meant more hydration, especially for dry skin, but new and better ingredients mean moisturisers have become lighter and more powerful,” Roth says.
Rather than the heftier emollients generally found in moisturisers that sit on top of the skin, these watery versions utilise encapsulation technology to help ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and glycerin penetrate the skin, making them ideal for all skin types. The watery consistency won’t block pores or leave behind a tacky film, which is great for make-up prep.
Another summer bonus, according to Roth: “While these moisturisers are perfect for any season, they tend to have a slight cooling sensation and leave skin feeling silky, hydrated and refreshed.”