The Summertime Swap: Rich Cream -> Lightweight Lotion – Patchology

The Summertime Swap: Rich Cream -> Lightweight Lotion

Fact: the cream that nourishes your skin in the winter is most likely way too heavy to use year round. You wouldn’t wear your winter coat when it’s 80 degrees, right? You want your skin hydrated, not suffocated.

Even if you have dry skin, humidity tends to make everyone’s complexion oilier. On top of that, heavy creams can smother your skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. To keep skin moisturized—not stifled—switch your hydrator to a water-based formula­. Look for humectant ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid or Glycerin on the label, both of which pull moisture from the environment and seal it into skin. Because these products use water and not oils or butters to hydrate, your skin will feel supple and dewy, not sticky and greasy.

For day, try our Hyaluronic Acid-packed Aquaflash™, the did-I-just-step-into-a-pool cooling gel moisturizer. Make sure to top it with SPF 30 or higher; if you’re spending lots of time in the sun, reapply every two hours and right after swimming (excuse our wagging finger). This product is great for bedtime, too, but for those AC-blasting nights you may want something a tad more nourishing. Restoring Night CloudMasque™, which combines Hyaluronic Acid with conditioning plant extracts and line-smoothing Retinol and Peptides. Tip: Apply water-based products like the two we mentioned right after washing your face, when skin is still damp, to lock in even more water.