How to apply face cream properly might not be your top skincare question, but it’s an important one to consider. Let’s be honest – face creams aren’t the cheapest skincare products on the market and if you’re going to spend that kind of cash on one, you might as well get the most benefit from it. Am I right? So, I’m here to save the day by giving you this super comprehensive list of steps for how to apply face cream properly. Now you know your product is doing its best work on your face and you’re getting your money’s worth too.
1. Wash First
No matter whether you’re applying your product in the morning or at night, one of the best tips for how to apply face cream properly is to wash your face first. That way you get rid of make-up, lotion, sunscreen and dirt. This allows the face cream to penetrate your pores and do its magic on your skin. Use a gentle facial cleanser and a soft cloth or your fingers to gently wash your face.
2. Apply to Damp Skin
If you wait until your skin is dry before applying face cream, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Lotions and creams are better able to lock in moisture if you apply them to slightly damp skin. So instead of putting it on dry skin, go ahead and slather your favorite face cream on as soon as you finish washing and patting your skin dry.
3. Use a Small Amount
In some cases more isn’t better. That’s definitely the case when it comes to applying face cream. Not only does it take forever to rub it in if you get too much, but it can also leave your face feeling slimy or sticky. Your face isn’t huge, so you really only need a small dab of face cream to properly do the job.
4. Spread It First
Before slapping that face cream on, spread it around on the tips of your fingers. That way you can use them all to get it rubbed in all the way instead of trying to apply it with just one or two fingers. This also serves to warm it up a bit, which makes it easier to apply and is more comfortable when you put it on.
5. Use a Gentle Hand
By this I mean, don’t vigorously rub the lotion in as if your life depends on it. Instead of trying to get the task over with as quickly as possible, use your fingers to very carefully rub the cream in. The face on your skin is very thin and delicate so being too rough with it can cause the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. No girl wants to worry about that, right?
6. Create a Routine
Here’s mine: I put the lotion on the end of one middle finger, then spread it the other middle finger. I use both to gently dab the cream on my cheeks, forehead and chin. Next, I carefully use my fingertips to rub it into my cheeks, then my forehead and finally my chin, jaw, neck and my nose. You can create any routine you want, but having one helps ensure that you never miss a spot when you’re applying your face cream.
7. The Right Lotion
Part of the process when it comes to proper face cream application is having the right product. That’s going to differ for every girl, but it’s important to consider your budget and skin type when you choose a face cream. That way all of the above steps work the best they can. Talk to your dermatologist if you need help selecting the right skincare products for your face.
I kind of look forward to putting on my face cream at night and in the morning. It’s relaxing and it’s just for me. How do you apply your face cream? Please feel free to share your tips.