The Best Face Creams For Summer

Summer has arrived, maybe not on time, but it’s here. And as we expected, it’s hot, humid and mostly cloudy, meaning sticky skin is the theme of the next four months. You would be forgiven for thinking you can forget about face creams until September, but your skin will never be as parched and in need of SPF protection than in the summer.

As the seasons change, so does your skin’s needs; you no longer need heavy moisturisers to cocoon your complexion but light and SPF rich creams. Summer heat calls for formulas that cool, compliment and gently hydrate, so you can leave the blotting pads at home.

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer SPF30

Beauty editor favourite Mario Badescu has a solution for nearly every skin woe, and the best-selling Oil Free Moisturiser with SPF30 is no exception. The hero formula is great for acne prone and oily skin, especially in the heat. Leaving behind a subtle glowy-dewy finish, it also sits perfectly under makeup. Buy now, thank us later.

Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day SPF15

Formulated with guava to refine pores and vitamin C to moisturise, Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day’s weightless hydrogel formula is the kind of fuss-free moisturiser you need when you want to be making the most of the sun. The brand is known for homing in on their products can-dos, and in this case it’s simply hydration and protection. Voila!

Alpha-H Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF 15

While being super lightweight, Alpha-H’s Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser SPF15 is a five-in-one warrior against most skin enemies: it moisturises, primes for makeup application and shields against blue light, pollution and UV rays. Plus, the non-greasy formula also conditions and plumps! Why use five products when you can use one?

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Loved by editors and influencers alike, The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA is gentle on sensitive skin, comfortable on oily skin and is basically perfect for summer. Thick on your fingers but once applied it melts into skin and leaves a light finish. The Ordinary are an essential to any skincare regime and we know you need the essentials this summer.

Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Light Day Cream

Hailed as a saviour in tropical and humid climates, Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Light Day Cream really is everything you need in a summer cream. It’s light with a matte finish, has a lush sweet scent and gives an intense moisture hit. But if you need another reason to ‘add to bag’, the formula is also infused with bee venom.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream

Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is all summer skin hopes and dreams for; and with the words ‘drench’ and ‘cloud’ involved, you know you’re in for some serious moisture. Infused with hyaluronic acid, the must-have ingredient for flawless and hydrated skin, the smallest amount of this product goes a long way, leaving skin feeling soft and plump. We’ll take four please.