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20 March 2023

A Lesson in Skin Flooding 101

Your guide to the latest TikTok-viral skincare trend, flooding.

The latest trending topic on TikTok is skin flooding, where you flood your skin with moisturiser for better skincare product absorption and baby-soft skin. Flooding is similar to skin slugging, which involves applying a heavy cream moisturiser overnight. A moisturiser functions as a barrier, sealing in moisture overnight and preventing the skin from losing water. However, skin flooding involves applying moisturising products in layers to give your skin deep, long-lasting hydration. Now? Lets jump right in.

Words By Erin Visagie

Step 1- Cleanse Your Face

A few ingredients you’ll want to look for include Hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide which are effective for soothing the skin. BUT you know the golden rule to skin-caring is first starting off with a clean canvas. You guessed it, the first step to every skin flooding routine is cleansing,

If you want your skin to feel soft, fresh, balanced, and clean before you begin your fabulous skin-flooding routine, choose a gentle cleanser. For the products to penetrate the skin effectively, your skin should be damp when you layer them.

For a gentle, effective cleanser that won’t strip your skin of natural oils, try CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. As someone with sensitive combination skin, it improved my complexion. To clean, hydrate, improve the skin barrier, and remove dirt, oil, makeup, and pollutants without drying out the skin, the cleanser contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin.

The Nue Co. Barrier Culture Cleanser is another highly recommended cleanser. It cleanses and repairs your skin barrier with prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics to give you balanced, smooth, calm, and happy skin.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser 236ml, $14.99, Adore Beauty

Step 2- Invest In A Cooling Face Mist

In the next step, spritz your face with your lovely face mist while it is still damp. Adding extra moisture to your skin with a face mist is crucial, but choose one that suits your skin type.

A great way to moisturise your skin is with La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water. It’s a godsend and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and lightweight after using this product, which is clinically proven to tone the skin. The product also contains selenium (a natural antioxidant), making it suitable for people with sensitive skin or inflammatory conditions.

The SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Essence Mist may be an excellent alternative if you’re looking for a different skin-loving mist. Besides strengthening the skin barrier, this product also contains a touchless formula that reduces visible redness, moisturises sensitive skin, can be applied over makeup, and has natural skin-loving ingredients, including boldus leaf, cucumber, thyme, olive leaf, rosemary extract, hyaluronic acid, and glycerin, to moisturise and nourish your skin.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water Mist 300ml, $27.95, Adore Beauty

Step 3- Time For Toner

Adding a toner to your skincare routine is a great idea. After cleansing, it balances skin, hydrates, refreshes, soothes and helps remove impurities, oils, and makeup. But please, ensure your toner is alcohol-free so your skin doesn’t dry out after applying your face mist.

Bioderma Sensibo Tonique is an excellent addition to your skincare routine. This product contains allantoin, which soothes the epidermis and relieves redness. It also locks moisture in without irritating the skin and is a lightweight toner that can be used anytime.

You’ll love the Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner if you love beauty, clean skin, and skincare. This formula is a best-selling Sephora product that includes hyaluronic acid, rose petals, soothing rosewater, rose oil, and toning rose fruit extract to moisturise skin for 6 hours. Skin feels silky soft and smells fantastic without irritation.

Bioderma Sensibio Tonique, $34, Sephora

Step 4- Get Your Skin-loving Serum

To get gorgeous skin, dampen your face and neck and apply three to four drops of water-based serum with your fingertips. Try a Hyaluronic acid serum, but you can also use another serum, like niacinamide, to calm your face and neck.

If you’re looking for an excellent Niacinamide serum, check out b. With this serum, you can reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestions, boost skin brightness, improve skin smoothness, and repair the skin barrier.

If you’re looking for a Hyaluronic acid serum, try L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Wrinkle. Your skin will be replenished with moisture, smoothed, and plumped, wrinkles will be reduced, and your complexion will be smoother, firmer and perfectly hydrated after using this serum.

A favourite cult serum, the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops are worth the price. Glowing skin is the goal of this serum. Thanks to its vitamin content, it also helps reduce breakouts and hydrate your skin.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, $17, Sephora

Step 5- Hydrate Your Skin

After layering your skincare serum, seal it with a moisturiser, cream, or lotion. It would be best to look for products with ceramides, shea butter, and tocopherol. When you apply a moisturiser, you create a protective skin barrier that locks in your previous skincare (AKA slugging).

We recommend using an effective moisturiser like the Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturiser. This moisturiser is unique because it has peptides, amino acids, ceramides and collagen. These ingredients boost elasticity and hydration, improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and strengthen the skin’s barrier.

CeraVe Daily Moisturising Lotion is ideal for people with dehydrated skin. You can use it as often as you like, and it strengthens your skin barrier and protects against environmental aggressors with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It also locks in moisture in your skin for 24 hours.

For glowing, healthy, and hydrated skin, apply your favourite sunscreen following.

Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer, $70, Sephora