Happy skin feels exactly the way you do after you’ve had a drink of water—fresh, cool, and rejuvenated. So when Mother Nature turns up the summer heat, your skincare should turn up the hydration to match. Many times, it’s a fear of the icky-sticky that keeps a girl from doing so—but that’s no excuse to neglect your skin-health. These 10 moisturizers are perfect for summer because they absorb with lightning speed and leave no gluey residue. Get on it!

1. Pixi H2O Skindrink Pure Hydration Gel, P1,180
Think of this gel as an actual sip of agua. To counteract dehydration, encapsulated water droplets sink into your skin within seconds. The gel is also formulated with goodies like green tea, aloe vera, and rosemary for a healthy glow.

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2. Dearberry Bombi Spring Rain Aqua Miracle Gel, on sale at P560 (limited time only)
To keep your skin plump and nourished, this moisturizer uses gel-type capsules that burst upon contact with the face. Its formula has purified water, glycerin, and agar, a moisture-retaining jelly that comes from algae.

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3. CosRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion, on sale at P990 (limited time only)
Halfway between a gel and a cream, this lotion is free from all oils, instead using birch sap as its hydrating agent. That means it not only holds up in hot, humid weather, it’s also ideal for greasy skin.

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4. Pond’s Flawless White Dewy Rose Gel, P399
This pretty pink-toned gel is the secret to looking dewy but not oily. Smooth it all over the face for a radiant finish that doesn’t feel sticky. In time, the Rose Lumiere Serum in the formula will fade dark spots and reduce chronic dullness.

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5. My Prime Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer, P2,100
This gel-cream absorbs so fast, you’ll have to work double time to spread it evenly. It sets with a soft matte finish and doubles as a makeup primer. The hero ingredients in its formula are pili and moringa oils, which are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

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6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, P855
It’s lightweight, silky, and hydrates your face for up to 48 hours. No wonder this water-based moisturizer is a favorite in the tropics! Its key ingredients include olive oil and hyaluronic acid, which nourish the skin without oiling it up.

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7. Holika Holika Aloe 99% Soothing Gel, P395
If you know absolutely nothing about moisturizers, just remember that aloe is good for you. Made with 99% fermented aloe vera leaf, this gel absorbs like a dream and softens the skin like a luxury cream. You can also use it on your body.

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8. Mizon Black Snail All in One Cream, P1,350
Some snail creams are too rich to use for day, but not this one! Mizon’s bestseller feeds the skin with 90% snail mucine and also dries down at a surprisingly swift rate. Hydration is just one of the benefits of this snail cream: it heals acne, lightens scars, and firms the skin, too.

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9. Aloe Derma Moisturizing Skin Lotion, on sale at P495 (limited time only)
A great pick for sensitive skin, this lotion provides potent moisturization with organic aloe vera. It can also heal sunburns and dry patches, so it’s perfect for your summer face!

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10. UGB Hydro Balancing Lotion, P2,100
Yes, it’s a splurge, but you’re bound to fall in love with the fluid consistency of this K-beauty find. It seeps into the skin effortlessly, leaving a light, bright touch. Made with ginseng, licorice, and angelica root, this lotion invigorates the skin by keeping it firm and well-fed. A balancing act, indeed.

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So, which one will you be sticking to?

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