10 Classic Moisturizers Light Enough for Summer

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Dry, flaky skin is a total nightmare for any season, especially summer. In a perfect world, we’d be sporting a hydrated, bronzy glow from Memorial Day through Labor Day. But, of course, as much as we love playing in the sun, it’s not ideal for our skin. The solution? A glow-inducing moisturizer! We put together a list of ten of the most raved about lotions on Influenster to prep your skin for its most hydrated look yet! See and shop them below.

1. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

Why we love it: No grease, no stickiness—just a pure, refreshing moisturizing formula that meshes perfectly with the summer heat.

What Influensters are saying: “Absolutely essential! This is the product that my legs have been begging for all my life! Living in Michigan and surviving the coldest winters with the thirstiest, dry skin, I have finally found the answer to my prayers post shaving ritual. Instead of having to spend 15 minutes after shaving, I now can exfoliate less (saving more money).” - Sarah A.

Price: $5.99 at Target

2. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Why we love it: It’s ideal for any type of use! It can keep your eyeliner in place before you step out into the humid summer air or moisturize your lips when they’re chapped after a long day in the sun. Oh, and did we mention it’s number one in moisturizers on Influenster?

What Influensters are saying: “I use this product on my lips every night before bed to prevent dry lips and it works every time. You can also use this on your feet or cuts and scars to help heal and repair your skin.” - Mary Beth F., 20

Price: $3.49 at Target

3. Aqua Spa Body Creme

Why we love it: The Aqua Spa Body Creme is like heaven for the skin. It’s grease-free and absorbs in seconds. It’ll leave your legs silky smooth while you’re sporting your short-shorts this summer!

What Influensters are saying: “I have the lavender and chamomile scent of this and I love it. The smell is amazing and it heals my dry elbows without being too greasy.”- Lauren H., 28

Price: $9.99 at Amazon

4. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Why we love it: This product is truly a game changer. It battles dry patches and heals scaly skin. It’s thick, so it does take some time to absorb, but, it’s totally worth the payoff. Patchy skin is bad enough in the winter but it's a total downer in summer.

What Influensters are saying: “My dermatologist recommended this for my son's eczema and it makes a huge difference. The ceramides help heal the eczema outbreaks rather than just soothing it. I wish I had found it years ago.” - Tabitha E., 36

Price: $12.69 at Target

5. Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer

Why we love it: We always love good vegan products. Sensitive skin Influensters, rejoice! This product was made for you. 

What Influensters are saying: “I love this moisturizer! Especially the anti-aging lotion. My fiance even uses it, doesn't mind the smell or feel of it. This lotion doesn't leave an oily feeling after applying it to my body or face. I will and have purchased it over and over.” - Macy C.

Price: $16.99 at Ulta

6. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

Why we love it:  This moisturizer is a double-duty skin plumping and smoothing formula that helps you steer clear of wrinkles and rejuvenates skin. It’s perfect for summer because it’s oil-free, and it eliminates flakes that can start popping up after a long day in the sun.

What Influensters are saying: “I love this moisturizer from Clinique! I first tried this as a sample with my Sephora order and absolutely loved the results. I found that my oily skin soaked this up leaving my face smooth and shiny looking. It feels clean and refreshing! I highly recommend this product!” - Lissa M.

Price: $39 at Clinique

7. C. Booth Honey & Almond Body Butter

Why we love it: This body butter smells heavenly and a little goes a long way. The thick formula absorbs into the skin surprisingly quick. It’s ideal for a night spent indoors, since the fragrance is so captivating—AKA mosquitoes will go crazy over it.

What Influensters are saying:“Just like the name says: 'Body Butter.' Literally makes your skin feel soft as butter with a soft, silky finish. I love using this product on my dry skin, especially problem areas. Works great!” - Rachel A., 27

Price: $7.99 at Target

8. Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Lotion Healing with Aloe

Why we love it: Since it’s infused with aloe, this lotion is awesome for using after a long day in the sun. It’s also fragrance-free, so it’s perfect for wearing all day and all night without having pesky flies gravitating toward you.

What Influensters are saying: “I recently tried this lotion at work and I fell in love. Dealing with chemicals and washing my hands so many times they become super dry and the cuticles crack badly. The lotion rubs in easily, slight scent to none. No greasy after feel and even after I wash my hands again, my hands are still soft. Best moisturizer yet!” - Natasha W., 19

Price: $5.69 at Target

9. Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme

Why we love it:Dry summer months can instantly knock out our skin’s moisture barrier and Eucerin is amazing at keeping this issue at bay. It’s great for even the most sensitive skin—especially for those with eczema! It instantly relieves itchiness.

What Influensters are saying: “I have very sensitive and dry skin. I apply this cream at night time sometimes when my skin feels irritated after my face wash routine and it just calms it instantly. I don't feel any stinging and usually wake up with an even complexion. I love it!” - Sissy K.

Price: $6.09 at Target

10. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Why we love it:Cetaphil is like the queen of moisturizers—perfect for even the most delicate skin. You can apply it once in the morning and feel hydrated all day.

What Influensters are saying:“Although it doesn't have a scent, this moisturizer works wonders for my son's sensitive skin. He loves applying it to his skin after every bath, especially his face. I didn't think it'd be as good as it seemed, but it really is. I love using it on our infant as well.”

Price: $10.89 at Target

What’s your go-to moisturizer? Are any of these your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!


About the Author
Claire R.
Claire R.
I'm a Texas girl living in NYC and obsessed with all things beauty–hot rollers (so southern, I know!), lipstick, and magnetic eyeshadows are just a few of my favorite things. Follow me @clairehrodgers on Instagram!