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Editor’s Picks: 13 of the Best Gel Moisturizers for Weightless and Fast-Absorbing Hydration

Lightweight formulas you’ll love.
Best gel moisturizer

Do most moisturizers feel too heavy on your skin and leave you looking shiny—or even worse, broken out? If you said yes, then it’s time to lighten up. Gel moisturizer is the answer for anyone seeking sheer, non-greasy hydration that won’t clog your pores.

Unlike creams, gels are high in water-attracting agents called humectants (like aloe and glycerin), and low in thicker occlusives (like oils and butters). This gives them an ultra-lightweight texture that absorbs into your skin right away, and is less likely to trigger acne. 

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What’s more, the latest generation of gels do more than just moisturize. Many formulas also contain soothing, brightening and repairing ingredients, and are low in potential irritants (like fragrance and alcohol). Plus, they’re so weightless, you can wear them under sunscreens, face oils or even other moisturizers for an extra boost of hydration. 

Here are the best gel moisturizers on the market, why I chose them, and what you need to know about each one.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in a Gel Moisturizer

The Best Gel Moisturizers of 2022

Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel
Plenaire Droplet Lightweight Moisture Gel
Rose Inc Hydration Replenish Microencapsulated Moisturizer
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly
Epicuren Discovery Aloe Vera Calming Gel
Eminence Organic Skin Care Stone Crop Hydrating Gel
Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream
Peach Lily Glass Skin Water-Gel Moisturizer
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer
Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel
Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Moisturizer
OTZI Hydro Crystal Lightweight Gel Moisturizer

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