What is “Moisture Sandwich,” and How Can it Help Hydrate the Skin?

What is “Moisture Sandwich,” and How Can it Help Hydrate the Skin?


As the skincare method resurfaces, we delved into how anyone can easily incorporate it into their routine. 

In the skincare sphere, hydration and moisture are credited as the hallmark of healthy skin. They play a vital role in preventing water loss in the skin, and help maintain its integrity. It’s given that a hydrating moisturizer is the answer to achieving the most coveted dewy complexion, but according to skincare content creator Charlotte Palermino, how you apply your products is just as important as the product itself.

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One of the ways that can boost the skin’s hydration is through the “Moisture Sandwich,” a viral skincare layering technique that initially made its debut on Reddit, but has now been seen being done on Instagram. It garnered social media popularity through its benefits of dampening the skin before layering it with products to trap water inside.

For this story, we delve into the concept of a Moisture Sandwich and how it can be incorporated into any routine. A list of hydrating face and lip products is also included for anyone who is looking to expand their vanities. Scroll down to learn more about this skincare method. 

What is Moisture Sandwhich?

Moisture Sandwich is as appealing as it sounds. The method refers to dampening the skin, layering a humectant-based formula, and sealing with an occlusive balm. It works like how most products are applied in order—only this time, the technique optimizes it by trapping water longer, allowing for more hydrated and plump skin. 

The face method

Incorporating the skincare technique into any routine is simple. You just dampen your skin with tap water or a facial mist, apply your face serum, and then layer it with a moisturizer. This process allows the moisturizer to trap the water longer while doing its task to moisturize the skin. And while hydrating formulas act as the main star of the method, it’s not recommended to infuse these products with retinol as it can increase efficacy or penetration. 

NUXE Very Rose Refreshing Toning Mist

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum

La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum

Clinique Moisture Surge 100-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

The lip method

Luckily, the skincare technique can also be integrated into lip care. You can dampen your lips with tap water, and layer them with a moisturizer. Once the product has sunk in, apply a thick balm. By keeping the area moist, the moisturizer is given the opportunity to penetrate the lips even more. Lastly, seal it with an occlusive balm to help prevent any moisture loss. 

Dior Addict Lip Glow

MALIN+GOETZ Mojito Lip Balm

Sunnies Face Lip Treat

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