The latest beauty trend taking the world by storm promises to give you the hydrated and glowing skin you desire! Skin Sandwiching, also known as "moisture sandwiching," is a technique designed to deeply moisturise your skin and even repair a damaged skin barrier, leaving you with brighter and more hydrated skin than ever before. This method originated in Korea and has since been approved by dermatologists and praised by industry experts!
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WHAT EXACTLY IS SKIN SANDWICHING AND SHOULD YOU TRY IT?
So, what is skin sandwiching, and should you try it? The technique involves applying skincare products to damp skin within three seconds after cleansing, rather than patting your skin dry. Layering products on top of damp skin enhances absorption and ensures that skin remains hydrated. By sealing in hydration, this technique helps to prevent trans-epidermal moisture loss, which can lead to dry and dull skin.
As well as applying your skincare products to damp skin, you can take moisture sandwiching a step further by layering your skin products with the lightest texture first and gradually building up to heavier ones.
If you are interested in trying skin sandwiching, it is important to select the right products. Look for toners or serums that contain hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Additionally, choose serums or oils that target your specific skin concerns, such as brightening or anti-ageing.
WHO BENEFITS FROM SKIN SANDWICHING?
Anyone can benefit from skin sandwiching but especially people who are suffering from dry, dull, or lackluster skin. People who suffer from weakened or damaged skin barriers also swear by this technique to improve their skin barrier due to the gentle nature of the routine!
Experts recommend using this method throughout the year, but it is particularly beneficial during the colder months to help keep your skin moisturised!
WHEN SHOULD I NOT DO SKIN SANDWICHING?
Whilst the idea of skin sandwiching is very straightforward, it is essential to keep a few things in mind if you plan to try it. By selecting the right products and avoiding potential irritants, this method can be an excellent way to lock in moisture and achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin.
It is important to note that skin sandwiching may not be suitable every day! If you use products such as retinol or exfoliating acids, it is best to skip this technique on those days to avoid irritation.
HOW TO INCLUDE SKIN SANDWICHING IN YOUR OWN SKINCARE ROUTINE
Damp skin will absorb moisturiser better and lock in hydration so start by applying a water-based or lightweight toner, essence, or face mist. These products will help hydrate and prepare your skin for the next steps of your routine. Next, layer on a hydrating serum to provide an extra boost of moisture. Finally, seal it all in with your preferred moisturiser, which will lock in hydration and keep your skin looking plump and radiant. By following this simple yet effective routine, you can achieve smoother, more nourished skin.
STEPS THAT IMAGE SKINCARE AUSTRALIA STAFF ARE TAKING TO ACHIEVE THE MOST EFFECTIVE SKIN SANDWICHING ROUTINE!
- Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and after cleansing your face leave your skin slightly damp – don’t dry it with a towel!
- Apply a hydrating toner, essence, or light serum to support the penetration of the serum's ingredients into the skin (an optional step for boosted hydration).
- Apply a hydrating serum, followed by thicker products such as creams and moisturisers.
Note: The moisturiser at the final step is the most important step to lock in everything!