If you've been using skincare for a long period — say the past 20 years — you're bound to have noticed that textures have improved tremendously. Serums and moisturisers are more lightweight than ever and some can even 'disappear' into the skin once applied. On the other end of the spectrum are products so thick and almost goopy, you'll wonder how on earth anyone can use them. Yet they seem to work well for many people and often there are application techniques that help them absorb more easily. Here are some of our favorites:

 

An eye gel that feels like water droplets
Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux, $96
How to use it: Gently pat with the fingertips from the inner counter outwards.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux

 

A skin-balancing gel that feels like honey
Aesop B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel, $161 
How to use it:  Warm between the palms and massage into the face and neck until the product is absorbed. If need be, let it dry under a fan until it is fully absorbed.

Aesop B Triple C

A luxury face cream that feels like an ointment
La Mer Crème de la Mer, from $280
How to use it: Warm it between the fingers until the thick, white cream becomes translucent and then press it into the skin for maximum absorption.             

Creme de la Mer

A facial cleanser that feels like powder detergent
Fancl Facial Washing Powder 
How to use it: Add water to the powder to change this into a dense foam. This has an almost cushiony texture and lifts dirt and impurities without the need to rub skin.

Fancl Facial Washing Powder

 

An all-in-one salve that feels almost like a solid 
Lano Lanolips All-Over Golden Dry Skin Salve, US$25
How to use it: Rub it between your hands and apply it anywhere you need intensive hydration  — think cracked heels, cuticles and dry elbows.

Golden Dry Skin Salve