There’s always something new to pique our interests, thanks to social media and its plethora of beauty gurus. We’ve heard of skinmalism and slugging; this time, it’s another beauty buzzword: moisture sandwiching.

Skincare dictionary anyone? Don’t worry, as always, we’re here to talk about all the buzz any new trend brings. As the latest viral skincare technique, moisture sandwiching promises smooth and dewy skin. And isn’t that what we are all here for?

Beautiful woman applying cream on her face

We did some digging into this latest skincare craze to find out if it lives up to the hype. Read on for more!

What is moisture sandwiching?

While it sounds delicious, it’s not your typical midday snack. Moisture sandwiching is the process of layering skincare products on damp skin to prevent transepidermal water loss. The trend started in the land of skincare connoisseurs, Korea, where they keep their skin moist after cleansing. It follows the Korean three-second rule, wherein you apply products three seconds after washing your face. No need to pat your skin dry – you go straight into your routine!

But wait, what’s the logic behind all this? Damp skin is much more receptive, meaning your skin absorbs more ingredients. Think of your skin like a sponge: a damp sponge soaks liquids faster than a dry sponge. So, when you apply your serums, oils, or moisturisers, your skin soaks them up right away. 

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How do I start moisture sandwiching?

Fortunately, moisture sandwiching is fuss-free and easy to follow. The only significant change here is that you no longer have to pat your skin dry after cleansing. You can add more ‘dampness’ with tap water or a face mist for another dose of hydrating ingredients. Once you’re done cleansing, you can carry on to step two: toner or exfoliant. 

Quickly follow up with a humectant-based serum, preferably hyaluronic acid or glycerine. These two are unmatched in the hydration game. Why? They can absorb moisture from the air and let it in your skin’s deepest layers. 

Now, it’s time to call in the big guns: occlusives. These prevent moisture loss by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin. This is when you apply your face oils and heavy moisturisers. By following this process (starting with humectants and then using occlusives), you retain more water in the skin.

You can also use this technique for your lips. Just dampen your lips, apply a moisturiser, and then finish it with a thick lip balm. It works the same and ensures that your skin is hydrated all over!

What are the benefits of moisture sandwiching?

If you have dry skin, this technique is definitely worth a try. Moisture sandwiching literally ‘sandwiches’ your skin with all the hydration and nourishment it needs to prevent dryness. Also, it improves the absorption of your skincare products, so you can reap the benefits even more.

And let’s not forget the dewy glow it gives your skin. Who can say no to a natural highlighter?

What should I avoid when moisture sandwiching?

Moisture sandwiching is generally safe for everyone, but there are a few precautions. Make sure not to do this with retinol or any skincare acid, as these should only be used on dry skin. The whole tenet of moisture sandwiching is to amp up the benefits of your hydrating products. As such, applying these skincare actives will also mean you level up the damage and irritation. 

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