Why do I keep harping on about dry or dehydrated skin, you may wonder. The simple answer is because it is the skin condition that plagues me most, and the one I am trying hard to work with. Dry and dehydrated skin can be a challenge, because it not only feels uncomfortable, it does not look good either. Also, many people are plagued with dehydrated skin – they may just not be as aware of it as I am.
Recently, I went through a bout of such dry and dehydrated skin. I could not quite explain why, but it was uncomfortable – it felt tight, and my skin looked dull. I knew I needed to do something, but what?
My first reaction was to pile on the hydration. On went the hydrating serums I had. I even scoured the internet for more, and seemingly better products! But it wasn’t enough. On went as much moisture as I could fit. Yet, it was not enough. Nothing seemed right.
And then I remembered something I used to do when I was a little more hardworking with my skincare. I call it a “Moisture Sandwich” and it is what ultimately helped me. Truly, the moment you slack off and try to be lazy, it shows 😛
I thought I’d share it because this is a tip that works not only for dry or dehydrated skin, but is a tip that will work for everyone, and stand you in good stead for the future. You just have to be a little hardworking 😛
What is the “Moisture Sandwich”?
What I call the “Moisture Sandwich” is basically layering your skincare. I know we all layer our skincare. You would be, if you were reading my blog, because that’s how you get your serum and creams on.
But the key factor here is – layering your moisture.
So the trick to a “Moisture Sandwich” is to sandwich your skincare creams or oils between layers of moisture. What this does is boost the moisture levels in your skin, and in many ways, even help your skincare work and penetrate better on your skin.
While it does seem an odd propositon – how can putting MORE product on your skin help it penetrate better? – it actually works. We know by now that applying product on damp skin is better than on dry skin. It absorbs better. Think of a sponge. Unless you have no experience using a sponge, or a dishcloth, you’d realise that a damp cloth or sponge absorbs liquid better and more quickly than a dry one.
So, the thin layers of moisture that you apply in between your product helps facilitate this process. Some of you may already spritz a facial mist as the first step after cleansing or toning. Now, repeat that process after each step of your skincare.
How do you do a “Moisture Sandwich”?
Best part of this tip? You don’t actually need any other product than what you already own and are using! The trick really, is to use more of it.
So, here’s how I do the “Moisture Sandwich” method.
- After cleansing (and after using an acid toner, if you are) I spritz a facial mist on my skin. This dampens the skin and adds a layer of moisture and hydration. You can use your regular hydrating toner or essence – 1-2 drops. Most of us already do this step.
- If I’m using a serum, I then apply a serum on my damp skin and massage it in.
- Here’s where the sandwich and magic happens – Spritz another round of facial mist on your skin. In the alternative, put a few drops of hydrating lotion or essence and pat it into your skin. Just 1-2 drops again.
- I then apply 1-2 drops of facial oil and massage it into the damp skin. (This is optional, you can go straight to Step 6)
- Again, I repeat the mist/essence process. Pat in the moisture.
- I then seal off with a moisturiser or balm.
Basically, I apply a facial mist or hydrating essence AFTER EVERY STEP OF PRODUCT. For some reason, those extra layers of mist/essence really help with boosting my skin’s hydration and moisture levels. Not only that, my product seems to work better as well, and absorb better into my skin.
It isn’t about what you use, it is all about how you use it.
The trick here is not about using layers of skincare, it is about using THIN layers of skincare, sandwiched with moisture. The moisture barely adds any weight to your routine, but it does so much behind the scenes. I have learnt over time, that there is no benefit to piling product on the skin. While there is the temptation to use more because it will be more beneficial, it is counter-productive here.
With skincare, I’ve not only realised that less at one go, can be better, but you have to invest a little MORE time in it. While this “Moisture Sandwich” method will not take very long, it does add 1-2 extra steps in your skincare routine. For some, this is too long. But know that nothing good comes without a lot of hard work, and this is true for skincare as well 🙂
Have you tried this “moisture sandwich” method of applying skincare?
Do let me know if you try this. It’s something I’ve talked about to people over the years but never thought about putting it in writing. But here it is! 🙂