A Step-by-Step Guide on How To Apply Face Cream

Face cream is an excellent part of any holistic skincare routine. The right hydrating face cream can help moisturize your dry skin, give it some extra nutrients, and make your skin look and feel better than ever.

However, you need to apply face cream correctly to see all these benefits. The Hydrate face cream from Hope Health is a great option featuring hyaluronic acid and peptides to reveal glowing skin — however, using it properly is crucial to getting results.

Not sure where to start? Today, let’s break down how to apply face cream properly with a step-by-step guide.

Step 1 – Clean Your Face

First, be sure to clean your face before applying any new face cream. When you clean your face, you rinse away dirt, debris, and dead skin cells that may have accumulated during the day or while you were sleeping.

Cleaning your face is best done with warm water and a gentle facial cleanser. Gentle facial cleansers can help clear dirt and grime out of your pores without irritating your skin or causing sensitivity.

The more dirt you remove, the more your facial pores will be able to absorb the nutrients and ingredients in your face cream.

Be sure to pat your face dry rather than rub it dry with a towel. Patting your face dry is gentler, prevents your pores from closing up, and is overall better for your facial skin quality.

Step 2 – Apply Toner

At this point, you should apply toner to your face. Toner is a unique and effective product that further cleans out the pores and prepares them to accept nutrients and elements from other agents, like serums and face creams.

However, be sure to use a toner that doesn't include alcohol or another astringent. Either of these ingredient types can close up the pores of your face and dry out your skin.

This can make any face cream application less effective than usual. You can apply toner with a cotton pad or your clean hands.

Step 3 – Apply Eye Cream First (Optional)

If you plan to apply eye cream to the skin beneath your eyes, you can do so now.

The skin in your eye area is especially sensitive, so most dermatologists recommend that you use a specialized eye cream solution rather than a general face cream for this delicate skin.

When applying cream beneath your eyes, do so with your ring finger, and use a pea-sized amount of product. Your ring fingers are the weakest fingers of your hands, so they’re best for gently massaging eye cream into the sensitive skin without risking irritation.

Step 4 – Put Cream on Hand

Holding your face cream in your hand for a brief moment allows you to warm it up and potentially make it easier to spread onto your skin.

Squirt a little bit of cream onto the back of your hand. A dime-sized or quarter-sized amount is usually enough for your entire face.

Step 5 – Rub Cream into Facial Skin

Take your ring finger and scoop up a small amount of the cream on the back of your hand. Then start rubbing the cream into your face with circular motions, beginning with the cheeks and moving down toward the jaw.

As you rub the cream into your skin, do so in small, concentric circles. This spreads the cream around adequately and avoids irritating your skin. Repeat the process and dip your finger back into the larger amount of cream until you have applied the face cream to your entire face.

Don’t hesitate to put a little more cream on the back of your hand if necessary. The goal is to spread cream to all of your facial skin, except for the skin beneath your eyes.

Step 6 – Remove Excess Cream

If you have any excess face cream sitting on your skin, you can remove it with a gentle towel or with your finger.

Try not to scrub your face too hard; just like scrubbing your face with a towel closes up your pores, rubbing your face to get rid of extra cream does the same thing. It may minimize the positive effects of your facial cream solution.

Step 7 – Allow Skin To Absorb

The last step is to give your skin a few minutes to absorb the face moisturizer and its essential ingredients.

Don't move on to the next phase of your facial skincare routine or immediately put water or makeup on your face. You might wash away some of the face cream and minimize its effects.

If you plan to apply a lot of makeup, give your skin about ten minutes to absorb the skin cream fully.

Face Cream Application Tips

As you can see, applying face lotion is pretty straightforward. But there are a few tips you might want to keep in mind to make sure you apply face cream perfectly no matter what.

For starters, consider the season when you are applying face cream. Generally, face creams with more oils or moisturizing elements are better in winter because the weather is drier.

The reverse may be true when applying face cream in the spring or summer when humidity tends to be higher. Lightweight and less oily face cream might be best in these seasons.

Additionally, consider applying a face cream that includes SPF, or sun protection factor. These face creams double as mild sunscreen products. While you should still use a dedicated sunscreen product if you have fair skin or spend a lot of time in the sun, face cream with an SPF rating is still beneficial for many.

If you normally have very oily skin, try to apply just a small amount of face cream at first and see how oily your face feels. If it feels okay, apply more. This method helps you apply just the right amount of product without going overboard.

When applying a new face cream or other product, it can be helpful to dab just a small amount on your cheek at first. This is called the “dab test,” and it allows you to test whether your skin reacts poorly to a product before you apply it to your entire face. This test can help you avoid severe allergic reactions or rashes.

Lastly, remember that your diet can impact your skin health and oil production. Be sure to prioritize whole foods and probiotics like kombucha to support healthy skin — and your overall wellness. Highly processed foods or foods with artificial colors and flavors can take a toll on your body, meaning your skin health may suffer, too.


Applying face cream is easy, but finding the perfect face cream for your skin type or other needs can be a little trickier.

Fortunately, you can turn to brands like Hope Health, which offers a wide range of supplements made with organic ingredients, such as our Melatonin Gummies.

More importantly, we’re expanding our online shop to include bath and body plus skincare products, too. Check out our online store today and remember: applying face cream correctly is only half the battle.

Choosing a face cream that is as good for your skin as it is for the environment is equally as important.


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