Top Dermatologists Call These 5 Moisturizers the Best Picks for Summer

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With temperatures on the constant rise, rich and heavy moisturizers are taking a back seat for lighter, more hydrating options that won’t clog pores. Here, top dermatologists’ go-to picks for summer moisturizers. 

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SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 ($112)

“In the summer, I swap out my heavy, winter moisturizer for this light yet comprehensive daily moisturizer during the summer months,” says Greenwich, CT dermatologist Kim Nichols, MD. “It also has one of my favorite skin care ingredients, niacinamide, which helps to reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and strengthens my skin’s moisture barrier. It is my summer favorite!”

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IS Clinical Youth Intensive Crème ($205)

“This product truly lives up to its name, says Greenwich, CT dermatologist Mitchell J. Ross, MD. “My patients love it because they can see and feel an immediate difference, and they love the rich consistency. Within weeks, you’ll notice a difference in your skin’s firmness, tone and texture, and it also protects the skin with potent antioxidants that fight against free-radical assault and helps with tissue repair.”

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SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($178)

“This is one of my favorite summer moisturizers because it contains hyaluronic acid, which is very moisturizing but not oily,” says Glenn Dale, MD dermatologist Valerie D. Callender, MD

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Avéne Hydrance Light Hydrating Cream ($32)

“Summertime calls for lighter moisturizers, and this one’s my go-to,” says Chicago dermatologist Rachel Neems Pritzker, MD. “It hydrates instantly while absorbing excess oil for a matte finish. Don’t forget to follow with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher!”

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer ($20)

“This moisturizer quenches dehydrated skin for a supple, smooth complexion. It contains hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant that draws water into the skin and plumps it,” says Charleston, SC dermatologist Marguerite Germain, MD.

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