This might sound dumb, but please let me know if it's not possible!
I personally have always liked light gel consistencies for moisturizers since they usually don't have a sticky, greasy residue. Recently, I've finally understood the magic of emollients, and they made my skin feel very soft and supple - something gel creams cannot (or very rarely) achieve.
The thing is, creams or some lotions might be a bit thick and take some time to absorb, making my face feel greasy until it's properly absorbed into the skin. To solve this problem, I've been mixing a 1:1 ratio of the cream/lotion with a gel (like aloe) to get a lighter consistency while still getting the softening properties of the cream. This way, I can adjust the ratio to repurpose creams that are too heavy on my dehydrated combo skin and make a mixture that my skin needs depending on the weather.
So this is my question. Emulsions are light creams, similar to lotions but are generally more watery in consistency, right? If so, would it be alright to first use a lighter emulsion as a moisturizer, and use a thicker emulsion to seal everything in? In this example, they take the place of a cream/sleeping pack for those who think they are too heavy, but they could still be used if it's needed.
I believe emulsions are the thing I'm looking for - light consistency (than lotions or creams) while still providing emollient benefits - so I'm wondering if it would be alright to layer them instead of using a different product instead. Would it be wiser to use multiple layers of an emulsion or use a heavier product to seal the moisture in? It might all depend on the person's preference, but I would like to know other's thoughts on this matter.