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The “Moisture Sandwich” Method Is Ideal If You Have Dry Or Sensitive Skin

Even though winter is gone, many of us are still struggling with dry skin. Truth be told, my skin may even be drier during the spring than it was during the winter. Allergies, changes in the weather, and interchangeable temperatures, all have a negative impact on the way my skin looks. So it’s no surprise that I’ll do all that I can to keep it clean, hydrated, and acne-free. A new and promising way of hydrating the skin, that I recently discovered, is called the moisture sandwich method. So let’s see what it’s all about.

What is the moisture sandwich method?

If you’re a skincare nerd like I am, then you’ve already heard about skincare sandwiching. It was particularly popular when it came to retinol newbies. Basically, it’s a method where people who were new to vitamin A derivatives would apply a retinol serum on top of their moisturizer, and then follow it all up with another layer of their facial cream. That way the retinol would be “sandwiched” between two layers of moisturizer and therefore less likely to irritate the skin. 

But what is a moisture sandwich? As you can probably already guess, it’s a method that includes applying multiple hydrating products and locking it all in with a thicker moisturizer. I’ve been very vocal about my love for light hydrating skincare layers, and this method is ideal for anyone struggling with dry skin. 

The end goal of this method is to trap all hydration in the skin and reduce transepidermal water loss. That way, all of the light hydrating layers that you have applied to your skin have enough time to sink in and work their magic. This method originated from Reddit, but it was taken over by TikTok users where it completely blew up.

How to do it? 

There aren’t any strict rules when it comes to the moisture sandwich method. The goal is to apply as many moisturizing layers as possible. It’s best to start with a damp face so that you can even get some extra hydration from the water. Apply your thinnest product first. This can be a toner, essence, or serum. Or all three of them if you like to keep your skincare routine extra long. 

Now, it’s time for thicker layers. For this routine, it’s best to avoid any actives like acids or retinol. Instead, you can apply a restoring skin treatment or your regular hydrating moisturizer. The last step is the most important one — locking all of that hydration in. Some people prefer using oil or vaseline for this step. However, I like to use balms such as the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 Balm.

The benefits

The benefits are pretty obvious — hydrated skin! But that’s not all. Because you’re using a lot of restorative products as well, this method is also great for repairing your skin barrier. Also, when you start applying your skincare products on damp skin, it helps with product penetration. That means that your serums and essences will sink into your skin deeper, and help you get that glass skin that all of us want so badly.


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