Rub or dab/pat your moisturiser?

ruthie_1

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Silly question I know...
For most of my life, i have been rubbing moisturiser on my face...
A little while ago, when i went to see a Creme de la Mer counter... she introduced me to this patting technique. Is this only used for expensive creams?

I have since seen some youtube videos and again - they have this patting in serum and face cream technique...

who does what on this forum?

Thanks in advance for your input!

Ruth
 

ByeKitty

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I gently rub it in... I think the patting technique makes more sense with eyecremes?
I think it has to do with being gentle to your skin, which I am, so I don't buy the whole patting thing really.
 

vhdos

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There have been threads on this before. Some pat, some dab, some rub. I don't see any value in dabbing or patting. Personally, I think that it's a waste of time. I think that dabbing and/or patting has to do with not stretching or pulling on the delicate skin of the face (especially around the eye area). I don't buy into that theory. I believe that there are far more damaging things that I can do to my face (not wearing sunscreen, etc.), but rubbing on moisturizer (instead of dabbing/patting) is not one of them.
 

nc.girl

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I gently rub it in... I think the patting technique makes more sense with eyecremes?
I think it has to do with being gentle to your skin, which I am, so I don't buy the whole patting thing really.
Same here. I gently rub in my face moisturizers/serums. I don't rub hard enough to push the skin around or anything, so I don't think I'm doing any damage really. I do try to pat my eye creams in, since the skin around your eyes is more delicate.
 

ruthie_1

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Thanks for your input. just wanted to see what you girls are doing out there in the world!

Just that i'm experiencing some bad dry skin at the moment - probably due to the bad cold weather in london and thought maybe dab/pat would help it rather than just rubbing it in!

Thanks!
 

Cait

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Rub, gently pressing in with my fingertips from the centre of the face outwards (with face serums & moisturisers.) Pat in eye cream.
 

a_Jarai

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When I moisturize my face, I typically rub gently. I have always rubbed it in. When I use my acne cream I pat that because I feel like patting concentrates it in one area better.

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LovesYSL

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I had a La Mer rep tell me the same thing and I actually think it makes a difference to pat it in.
 

Lea333

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I have rosacea so no rubbing for me. I just wait for it to dry with minimum manipulation. I would gently rub if I didn't have this skin condition.