TikTok has nearly replaced my dermatologist with its endless skincare tips—and even better, full routines—to solve specific skin woes (remember skin cycling?). The latest couldn’t have come at a better time—the skin flooding trend just in time for a cold, dry ski trip in the middle of the Smoky Mountains.
What is skin flooding?
As the name suggests, the skincare routine is meant to “flood” dry, dehydrated skin with strategic layers of moisture. Simple-yet-effective, the intense hydration relies on specific ingredients in a strategic order, without risk of clogging pores or triggering breakouts.
Contrary to other skincare trends, the key is to layer the key ingredients while your skin is still a little damp from the prior step, allowing for maximum absorption and efficacy. It ensures your skin draws in moisture and penetrates into the deeper layers. The simple, 5-step routine goes something like this.
Step-by-step skin flooding routine
Like any effective skincare routine, starting with a clean canvas is a non-negotiable. We recommend using a gentle, hydrating cleanser for clean, refreshed skin.
While your skin is still slightly damp from cleansing, spritz a hydrating mist for a quick hydration boost.
- Hyaluronic acid
While your skin is still moist from the mist, it’s time to slather on some hyaluronic acid—a natural humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture!
Next, add a second layer of moisture to reduce water loss and really seal the moisture in. Multi-tasking niacinamide helps improve skin tone and texture for a healthy, hydrated-looking complexion.
Finally, a nourishing moisturizer will really lock everything in and create a protective barrier, preventing water loss.