Quick Q: Should I Be Applying Skin Care on Wet Skin?
Even the most seasoned skin-care enthusiasts might have some missteps in their daily routine — like not knowing what order to apply different products in or mixing ingredients that don’t play well together by accident. Another one of these skin-care mishaps is a habit we all are guilty of: drying our face before applying products. And as it turns out, skin care is actually best applied to wet or damp skin, according to dermatologist Michelle Farber, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology. We spoke with Dr. Farber about why this is the case, what the benefits are and how to know if it might be a vital step for you.
Why Should You Apply Skin-Care Products to Damp Skin?
“The benefit is allowing your skin to better absorb the main ingredients in your products,” says Dr. Farber. When your skin is wet and permeable, it allows most products to penetrate through more easily. However, with damp skin-care comes responsibility, she adds, like “choosing the right products for your skin, making sure you don’t overdo it with too many products and adding appropriate moisturizers to help keep your regimen balanced.”
What Types of Skin-Care Products Should You Apply to Wet Skin?
By far the best product to apply on wet skin is moisturizer, says Dr. Farber. “Applying a moisturizer right after the shower is a great way of keeping your skin hydrated.” When it comes to more potent skin-care products like serums, however, you want to be careful about how much you’re applying because it can often increase irritation. As far as masks go, you can go ahead and apply them on freshly washed skin, but products like sunscreen should be applied (and reapplied!) onto dry skin.
How Often Should I Apply Skin Care to Damp Skin?
Dr. Farber says to be mindful of how your skin reacts to certain products when increasing absorption because you may experience irritation. “Don’t start applying a new product every day, especially on wet skin as it’ll be more potent, but integrate slowly, a few days a week and get your skin adjusted,” she says. Of course, if you’re unsure about what products are going to be safe for your skin, consult your dermatologist.