Best Gel Based Moisture Solutions

gel based mositurisers. moisturisers for oily skin. L'occitane ultra thirst quench. Clinique moisture surge.
gel based mositurisers. moisturisers for oily skin. L'occitane ultra thirst quench. Clinique moisture surge.

In the Summer, I hate the feeling of oily or greasy moisturisers. They just seem to stop my skin from being able to 'breathe' and just feel a bit gross. Which is why I normally switch to a lighter moisturiser that sinks in quickly, or a gel moisturiser - both of which are perfect if you have combination or oily skin (or just want a refreshing sensation on your skin!)

You may have spotted the Clinique Moisture Surge Gel pop up on my Instagram a couple of times because I've been using it on and off for over a year. It's so refreshing that it normally lives in my gym makeup bag and prevents me looking red-faced for the rest of the day! I adore this. It's a really lightweight formula and doesn't sit on my skin or irritate my makeup and literally does what it says on the tin. Whenever I'm abroad in a hot country, I take this with me because it's really refreshing and soothing (also a great aftersun solution!). I'm a huge fan of the pump, which is so important for hygiene and means that the product lasts longer! Definitely a winner for me! The only downside is that it is a very light moisturiser and whilst it's perfect for the day, I do find myself reaching for something a bit heavier in the evenings.

A fairly recent discovery is the L'Occitane Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel* and I genuinely had no idea what to expect as I've never tried any L'Occitane skincare before. This is definitely an absolute gem. It has a surprisingly thick texture and really leaves my skin plump and visibly hydrated. Because this does feel a bit sticky on my skin afterwards, I use this in the evenings and my skin is always glowing in the morning. This is definitely something I'll be repurchasing as I've gone through half the jar in 2 weeks! I'm so excited to continue using this throughout the summer months as it's sure to be my go to! Similarly, with the Clinique, it's really refreshing so will be ideal for hot Summer nights! Unfortunately, the downside is the packaging. I hate dipping my fingers in and out of the tub but the product is too watery to use a spatula. If this was in a tube, it'd definitely tick all the boxes and might be something I choose to do when I repurchase!

With Summer being so limited in the UK, I really wanted to refine this post down to my top two favourites and hopefully, this will set some of you on the right track!

What type of moisturiser do you prefer in summer? Have you ever tried a gel offering?