Chapter 44: Finding the Perfect Summer Moisturizer for Your Skin Type

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Knowing which moisturizer works for your skin is important and going even a day without one could damage your skin, especially if you already have a damaged skin barrier. With summer rolling around soon, the heat can dehydrate your skin so it’s essential to include a moisturizer in your routine to lock in hydration, prevent itchiness or flakiness, and help soothe your breakouts. 

Also, don’t forget the golden rule: apply your moisturizer in both your morning and evening skin care routines! Not sure which moisturizer fits well in your summer skin care routine? We’ve rounded up the best ones for every skin type, including dry, oily, combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin. Keep reading for our picks:

Give thirsty skin a dose of moisture to prevent any flakiness or dry patches. If you have dry skin, look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid as this powerful humectant attracts and brings moisture to skin. 

You can rely on Isntree’s Hyaluronic Acid Moist Cream to keep your skin hydrated and plump in summer. This cream contains five variations of hyaluronic acid to ensure long-lasting hydration and it’s also formulated with safflower, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel and argan oils to give you an enviable glow!


Does your skin start to look greasy by midday? Try the Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream from COSRX and your skin won’t be disappointed.

This lightweight gel cream absorbs into the skin almost instantly, leaving you with a nourished complexion that doesn’t feel greasy or look shiny. It’s also packed with green tea and aloe vera extracts that’ll make your skin feel refreshed – perfect for sweaty weather!

Finding the perfect summer moisturizer for combination skin can be tricky because you have to look for one that nourishes the dry parts of your face but doesn’t feel too heavy for your oily T-zone. 

Lucky for those with combination skin, Korean skin care brand d’Alba has come up with the perfect moisturizer that works for both the parched and oily areas of your face. Meet d’Alba’s Peptide No Sebum Repair Cream, a lightweight moisturizer that offers deep hydration. It’s a great anti-aging cream with calamine powder that controls excess sebum, and is full of antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals.  

If you’re looking for a summer moisturizer that won’t aggravate your blemishes, PURITO’s Centella Green Level Recovery Cream is the one for you.

Infused with centella asiatica extract, the Centella Green Level Recovery Cream helps strengthen your skin barrier, calms blemishes, and helps speed up healing. This cream also works well for reducing inflammation and hyperpigmentation, thanks to madecassic acid and niacinamide.

When looking for a moisturizer that caters to sensitive skin, make sure that it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that can cause your skin to react. To be extra safe, always do a patch test first! 

For those with sensitive skin, check out make p:rem, a Korean skin care brand that offers effective and multifunctional products that are formulated with natural and skin-friendly ingredients such as Arctic raspberry extract, Finnish birch sap, and peat water from Denmark.

The brand’s Safe Me. Relief Moisture Cream is the perfect lightweight moisturizer for sensitive skin. It’s loaded with naturally-derived ingredients including botanical Nordic berry extract, bergamot and sage oil that soothes and hydrates sensitive or irritated skin. Most importantly, the cream is formulated with 12 kinds of EWG-verified ingredients that are safe for sensitive skin and won’t cause unwanted flare-ups.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen after moisturizing in the morning to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays! If you’re not sure which sunscreen to use for your skin type, head back to Chapter 17 for our recommendations.


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