Should You Apply Product to Damp Skin or Dry Skin? 平時使用護膚品應該用係乾皮膚定微濕皮膚上面?

Should you apply product to damp skin or dry skin

First, when we say “damp” skin we mean slightly dampened and not sopping wet. Right after a shower or after cleansing, give your skin a little time (around 5 minutes) to dry naturally in order to achieve “slightly dampened” skin. Or if you prefer, you can still towel dry your face and then use a gentle face mist to give a boost of moisture before applying the rest of your skin care routine.

Okay, but why? And is it the same for all products?

Why damp skin? You can think of your skin like a kitchen sponge. When it’s damp it’s better at soaking things up than a hard, dry sponge. In other words, skin is more permeable when it’s slightly damp and can “soak up" skin care products better. So this will help you to get the maximum benefits from your products! This is true for both emollients and occlusives and particularly true for serums, moisturizers and oils. 

There are some exceptions worth mentioning. The most important exception is sunscreen. Since sunscreen needs to form a layer of protection on your skin it’s best to apply it to dry skin (or after your other products have fully dried). Also, for prescription strength topical skin care products like retinoids or acne medications it is best to apply these to dry skin in order to have a more controlled application since these products can cause irritation, redness, or peeling. The same goes for AHAs/BHAs. So for these kinds of products it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s directions and your doctor’s advice. 

Bonus tip! The same advice is true for body oils or moisturizers too! So right out of the shower you can also apply these products all over your body. 

should you apply product to damp skin or dry skin

首先,當我地講護膚品要用係濕皮膚上面個陣,意思係指潔面後皮膚微濕或者仲有少少水氣嘅時候,並唔係完全濕透嘅肌膚。平時沖完涼或者潔面之後,可以比大約5分鐘時間皮膚慢慢乾,直至變成微濕嘅狀態。或者可以照用毛巾輕輕抹臉(記得要確保你條毛巾乾淨同埋定期2-3日清潔一次),然後搽護膚品之前再用爽膚水幫皮膚補充水份。

講到呢度,咁究竟點解呢?係咪所有護膚品都係要咁用?

點解日常護膚前要先保持皮膚微濕呢?其實我哋嘅肌膚就好似海綿咁。如果海綿本身係濕濕地,佢會比完全乾嘅海綿更加吸水。換言之,皮膚微濕嘅時候,肌膚滲透力會更加高,變相護膚品都會吸收得咁好。所以,用呢個方法會令日常護膚品嘅功效更大發揮係你皮膚上面,你會發現用呢個方法同喺完全乾透嘅皮膚上效果係好唔同。無論係爽膚水、精華、乳液甚至油類產品都非常適用。

但都有例外嘅,因為防曬需要係皮膚上面形成一層保護層,所以最好用係完全乾燥嘅皮膚上面或者等其他產品完全吸收曬之後使用。另外,若果係醫療處方嘅護膚產品,好似維生素A或痤瘡藥物,由於呢啲產品有可能會刺激肌膚,發紅或者脫皮,所以皮膚乾燥嘅時候用會更加容易穩定皮膚。另外好似AHA/ BHA呢類產品,就建議跟返生產商或者醫生建議的使用方法。

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除咗臉部護膚品外,身體嘅潤膚霜或者潤膚油都可以趁皮膚微濕個陣使用,身體嘅皮膚保養都係好重要,千祈唔好忽視啊,下次再同大家分享更多護膚資訊。

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