Can You Use Hand Cream on Your Face?

When buying skincare products, you may wonder what the best products for your skin are. Some may contemplate if the skin on their face and hands is different. Learn about the differences between the skin on your hands and the skin on your face and whether or not you can use hand cream to moisturize the skin on your face. 

Is Face Skin and Hand Skin Different?

The skin on different body areas can vary in structure and functionality. The skin on your face may be sensitive depending on the location and its expected functionality. The skin on the body is made of different size layers of the dermis and epidermis.  This allows the skin for the necessary amounts of flexibility and protection. 


The skin on your face differs from the skin on the rest of the body because it is the thinnest and most sensitive. This allows the face to absorb skincare products more efficiently. Both the skin on the face and hands are exposed to environmental irritants. When you wash your hands and face, it removes moisture from the skin, causing dryness and cracking to occur. Finding the right moisturizer for the different skin on your face and hands is essential. 

Face Skin

The skin on the face is typically more susceptible to irritants and more delicate. Specific areas, such as around the eyes, are thinner. The skin on your face is more susceptible to clogged pores and breakouts than the skin on your hands. The face is exposed to UV rays and external irritants that affect skin appearance. The skin on the face can be dry, oily, or a combination. This requires milder skincare products.

Hand Skin

Just from a glance at the skin on your face and the skin on your hands, you can notice the palms have more robust skin, and the backs of the hands have thinner skin. Hand skin requires extra moisture and hydration to address the moisture lost during daily use and constant handwashing. 

Face Cream vs. Hand Cream

Skincare products such as face and hand creams have different formulations and purposes. Although the ingredients may be similar, the concentrations can vary, making it essential to get the right product for your hydration needs.


Hand and face cream both help skin appear moisturized. These products can reduce the feeling of dry skin so skin looks and feels healthier. 


The facial area contains more pores than the hands. Face creams and moisturizers contain a higher water concentration and humectants for glowy-looking skin. Hand creams are thicker, richer, and have a higher oil content, which is better for the thick skin of your hands. Hand products can be comedogenic and block the pores on the face, causing acne.

Epicuren Recommended Products for Face

We offer a variety of different face moisturizers based on your skin type and skin needs. 

Epicuren Recommended Products for Hands

The Peptide Rich Hand Cream helps to lock moisture in for lasting hydration. This product contains a blend of antioxidants and peptides to combat the look of aging skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use hand and body cream on your face?

Hand and body cream should not be used on the face unless you experience very dry skin on the face.

Is hand cream the same as moisturizer?

Hand cream is much thicker than moisturizer and typically contains occlusive oils.

Can you use hand cream on other parts of the body?

Hand cream should be used solely on the hands, but it can be used on other rough dry areas of the body, like elbows, knees, and feet.
Can You use neck cream on your face? 

Neck cream can be used on the face. We recommend the Tighten Up Neck Firming Cream.


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