How To Increase The Absorption Of Your Face Cream

Applying facial cream So, you have bought an expensive moisturizing cream thinking that you have done your part and now it is your cream´s turn to do what it is supposed to do.

There is still something left though, and it has to do with how well your cream absorbs into the skin.

This is equally important with the actual effectiveness of the product, because no matter how good and effective your cream may be, its benefits can drastically minimize if it cannot absorb well into the skin.

Factors That Affect The Level Of Absorption Of Your Cream

There are various factors that can affect the level of absorption of your face cream and include:

  • Consistency and texture of the cream.
  • Ingredients of the product.
  • Amount of the cream used.
  • Exfoliated skin.
  • The way of application.
  • Order of application or layering of the products.
  • Time for absorption.

Let´s have a look at each of these factors:

Consistency and Texture

Facial creams have different textures and consistency, depending on what skin type they are designed for as well as the specific skin needs they are targeting.




For example, a face cream for dry, dehydrated or mature skin will possibly have a richer consistency which would feel too heavy for users who are at a younger age or people who have an oily or combination skin.

A cream that is not the right one for your skin type may not absorb well and can even trigger problems such as clogging of the pores, various blemishes such as whiteheads and even acne breakouts.

Usually, creams with rich consistency are good for aging skin, dry or dehydrated as well as types of skin that need extra moisture and protection during those cold winter months.

Product Ingredients

There are some ingredients in cosmetic and makeup products that just sit on the surface of the skin. For example, silicones (Dimethicone or other words with the suffix ´cone´) are used in products to make the skin look smooth and silky, hiding any imperfections.

Other ingredients that do not absorb but rather sit on the skin include talc, iron oxide and mica powder.

What to Do

Reduce the use of those products that contain ingredients that do not absorb into the skin or use less amount of them.

Avoid them overall if you have acne-prone, sensitive, oily or combination skin because they can make your skin feel suffocated, increase the chances of breakouts and trigger more oiliness.

In addition, they can irritate sensitive types of skin.

Amount Of Cream

The ability of the cells of the epidermis to absorb a cosmetic product is not limitless. If for example, you use more face cream than what your skin needs, the rest of the cream will sit on the skin, feeling heavy and giving you an uncomfortable feeling.

This feeling can become even worse for people with oily, combination or acne-prone skin. More cream than what is needed can also make it more difficult to apply your makeup.

What To Do

The amount of face cream you will need depends on the consistency of the cream as well as your skin’s needs or condition. Generally, use the amount of cream that your skin needs to feel nicely moisturized, protected but at the same time light.

Exfoliated Skin

One of the most important factors that increase the absorption of your face cream is how well exfoliated your skin is.




Dead skin cells, dirt, pollutants and oil gather on the surface of the skin and make it a lot more difficult for your skin care products to get absorbed and start doing their job.

So, even if you are using the right amount of cream, you will not be able to enjoy its full benefits.

What to Do

Regularly exfoliate your skin and if you have an oily, combination or blemish-prone skin, you need to exfoliate even more often. AHA and BHA acids are excellent for this purpose without being abrasive and irritating the skin like face scrubs.

Some of the most effective Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids are glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and mandelic acid.

Way of Application

The way you are applying products to the skin also plays a role in how well they are getting absorbed. Rubbing the skin using harsh movements or not spreading the product everywhere on the face evenly should be avoided.

What to Do

Apply the product spreading it everywhere and softly massaging it into the skin. This gentle massage will also boost microcirculation and make it easier for the product to absorb well and for your skin to feel more vibrant and revitalized.

Order of Application

The order according to which you apply facial products to your skin, or the so-called layering, needs to follow some specific rules. For example, you should not use facial oils first because they make it more difficult for the rest of the products to absorb.

What to Do

Remember to start the layering with products that have a lighter texture such as serums or lotions and continue with products that have a thicker consistency such as creams, moisturizers or face oils.

Time of Absorption

Layering takes a little time. Before using the next product, make sure that the previous one has absorbed well into the skin.

Useful Tip: Spray some thermal water on your skin before you start layering to boost absorption and give you a light refreshing feeling. You can also spray a little of the water in between layering.

All in all, by increasing the absorption of your face cream, you can maximize its effectiveness and make your skin feel more energized and rejuvenated.