Your shiny T-zone might tell you otherwise, but moisturizing is a must even during the hottest days of the year. A light layer can save your skin from dehydration and excessive oil production—two giant culprits for breakouts and irritation.

Drop the heavy creams ASAP if you have oily/combo skin, and use these lightweight gel formulas instead:

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1. The Face Shop Damyang Bamboo Fresh Soothing Gel

P295, Beautymnl

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Stay cool all over with this soothing multi-purpose gel made out of 99% bamboo extract. You can use it on your body, too!

2. L'Oreal Hydrafresh Anti-Shine Icy Gel

P395, Lazada

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Regulate sebum production with this cooling and shine-controlling moisturizer with zinc. 

3. Pure Beauty Pink So Smooth Pudding Cream

P699, Watsons

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This pink, jelly-like product works double-time to brighten the skin and keep it supple all day long.

4. Mamonde Rose Water Gel Cream

P750, Althea

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This watery gel has the hydrating and soothing properties of rose water in a tub.

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel SPF 30

P872, Watsons

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Get two skin essentials for the summer with this product: hydration and sun protection.

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6. Happy Skin Beauty Oil-Controlling Moisturizer

P899, Happy Skin

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This oil-controlling moisturizer fights breakouts with salicylic acid and centella extract and brightens with vitamin C.

7. Innisfree Orchid Gel Cream,

P1,080, Althea

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You don't have to look like a greaseball to get 'glass skin,' because this product is full antioxidants and nutrients from orchid elixir that'll keep your complexion firm and radiant.

8. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Bouncy Hydrating Gel

P2,600, SM Megamall

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Get a refreshing matte finish with this fast-absorbing, cucumber-infused.

9. Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Gel Cream

P2,950, SM Beauty

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This light gel cream with skin-energizing technology combats dehydration and fine lines while giving the skin a fresh, dewy finish.


10. Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Cooling Gel

P3,350, Rustan's

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For skin that's always exposed to pollution and sudden temperature changes, this is a product that can help maintain your hydration levels without leaving you greasy even after a long day.

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