But if you have combination, normal or even dry skin, a gel moisturizer might become your go-to, as well. Do you live in a hot, humid climate? Try a gel. Do you need a moisturizer to layer over serums? Gel. Is it summertime? Gel. You get the point. Basically, anyone can use a gel moisturizer, and chances are you'll love it. The texture is fabulously bouncy, and it feels like you're giving your skin a drink when you apply it.
Here are 10 great gel moisturizers to get you started — whatever your skin type.
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Hyaluronic Acid Hydrator
Fortunately, there are skin care products — many of them gels — that contain hyaluronic acid. And one of the newest is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, $19.99, which is packed with the stuff. It feels cool when you apply it, and the consistency is so light it sinks into skin instantly. Even though it feels like nothing, it keeps your skin moisturized all day. You can even pat some on over makeup for more hydration and a dewy finish.
A Tall Glass of Water
How is it possible for a gel moisturizer that basically feels like water to provide such major, lasting hydration? Tatcha The Water Cream, $68, is straight out of fairytale lore (the dreamy packaging also helps). And with a light fragrance that comes care of some lovely Japanese botanical extracts as well as a gorgeous dewy feel, this might just be The One Gel Moisturizer to Rule Them All.
Treat for the Senses
The Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream, $48, delivers a major shot of hydration to your face and thanks to ingredients like caffeine, it really does help "energize" your complexion. It soaks in like a dream and the bright floral scent also works well to invigorate your routine.
Looking for a gel moisturizer that basically feels like you're applying pure cloud to your face? Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream, $52, seriously lives up to its name. It's so lightweight yet so moisturizing and superlatively gentle — which makes it an especially good fit for those with sensitive skin (it also helps that it's fragrance-free).