PATTING: An Incredibly Easy J-BEAUTY Technique That Works For All

The ultimate skincare care beauty technique that comes out from Japan is skin patting.

So, if you are thinking what is skin patting? Well, as the name suggests, it’s patting your face to help stimulate blood flow. Sound simple, right?

Patting is the skincare routine that Japanese women swear it is responsible for their youthful and glowing skin look.

All you need to do is place different oils and serums between your hands and warm them  up by rubbing the palms of your hands. Once they are warm you need to pat the lotions onto your face and neck.

This J-patting skincare technique intensifies the absorption. When you do it every day your face will have flawless skin.

But patting is not only used for applying lotions and serums. Japanese women don’t rub their skin, period. They don’t dry off their faces with a towel, instead, they pat it dry.

With so many J-beauty products in the market, you should know that patting is the proper way to apply them.

Rubbing versus Patting

When you rub skin care products, especially around the eye area you are irritating and creating inflammation in the skin.

But this patting technique is not only standard practice in Japan but also K-culture. And it was originated for the application of lotion to many skin-care routines.

It is important to understand that using lotion is a step that Japanese and South Korea women never skip. The lotion it’s not a milky liquid but it’s watery and it helps the pH level of the skin to regain balance after cleansing.

One of our favorites is Rohto Mentholatum Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. This is a powerful formula that provides intense hydration to the skin.

Watery lotions are a K-beauty sensation too. Members of K-pop group KARD, JiWoo and Somin used them to help hydrate their amazing flawless skin. They pat it on after washing their faces and before applying traditional moisturizers.

Remember, in Korea and Japan skincare is a lifestyle so it is important what you apply on your skin but to do it gently. It is all part of the ritual.


The main benefit of patting is that it is gentler on the skin than rubbing. And, it is also more effective as it stimulated the blood flow and increased the absorption. This will give your skin a nice glow.

According to dermatologists patting might not penetrate the skin products better but by using less force your skin will suffer less. This technique is a relaxing ritual because it has a calming effect.

Patting Technique

There are different patting techniques. But the most common one is to pour a small amount of product into your hand palms and rub them to distribute the products. Then place both hands vertically on either side of the nose, and horizontally over the forehead and chin and then pat gently.

You can also put a small amount of the skin product on the tips of your index and middle finger and pat it into your skin.

The patting technique should always be used around the eyes because it is the thinnest and most delicate skin area of the body. Remember, to pat with your ring finger.

Products To Pat

The best skin-products to patted are all of those that have a lightweight, watery consistency like toners, serums, gels, and moisturizers.

My favorite products are Heimish Bulgarian Rose Water Hydrogel Eye Patch, Son & Park Beauty Water, and Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum.

For products with thicker consistencies like creams and moisturizers, you can gently rub a thin layer onto your skin.

Remember, patting doesn’t have any downsides, so  it is a good idea to try out this J-beauty secret.

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