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Is Damp Skin More Absorbent Than Dry Skin?

Many of us probably stick to the same skincare routine daily without much thought. Now, don’t get us wrong, consistency is key in skincare, but there are many small changes we can make that can drastically improve our skin. One way to get more out of your skincare routine is to apply hydrating products onto damp skin. Though this may sound counterintuitive, we’re going to explain why.
Think of your skin as a beauty sponge. When applying your makeup with a dry beauty sponge, it doesn’t absorb as much product as it does when dampened and can leave your makeup looking dry and cakey. When dampened, it easily absorbs the product and is able to hold onto liquid. Our skin is the same way. When our skin is damp, it acts as a sponge when applying hydrating products. The moisture and nutrients from your products are more easily soaked up by your skin when it’s damp. This is due to the swelling of the outer skin cells, so the skincare products you apply penetrate deeper into the skin than they would if your skin was dry.
An important distinction to remember is the difference between damp and wet. When trying out the damp skin method, the best rule of thumb is to wait about one minute after washing your face before applying your hydrating serums, oils, moisturizers, etc. To achieve the same effect, you can also dampen your skin with face mists before your skincare routine.
While damp skin can help hydrating products like serums, oils, and moisturizers absorb more efficiently, certain products still work best when applied to dry skin. Retinoids should be applied on dry skin due to their harsher nature. Sunscreen should only be applied on dry skin as it creates a layer of protection from UV Rays on the skin, and it can’t do that as well when applied on damp skin.
If your skin still feels dry after using hydrating facial serums and oils, it is worth a try to apply them on damp skin.
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