When it’s cold outside, you wear layers to insulate your body, keep warm inside and ward off the cold. The same concept should apply to your body care routine — apply layers of serums, creams, and oils to hydrate your skin, lock in moisture, and prevent air from drying out. That’s the premise that model and beauty content creator Dana Patterson used to create her “dolphin skin” routine.
Patterson in a recent TikTok said: “The most important thing that we are trying to do in this routine, especially during the winter when we are in a lot of artificial temperatures, is to keep water in our skin. we. This prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL), which is when moisture leaves your skin and evaporates into the air. When your moisture barrier is strong and prepared, you can retain moisture instead of losing it.
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Patterson’s process combines “three major types of moisturizing ingredients”: humectants, emollients, and humectants. And dermatologists agree that this layering technique is perfect for preventing TEWL.
“These moisturizing ingredients work best when combined,” says Tiffany Libby, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Rhode Island. “Moisturizers help hydrate and draw moisture into the skin, emollients add oil to moisturize back, and humectants then help lock in moisture to prevent moisture loss.”
Patterson says that “the most important thing in this process is the order in which you apply the products,” so go ahead and follow the steps below to score points for baby-soft skin.
Own silky soft ‘Dolphin Skin’ in just 4 steps
1. Apply body serum with glycerin
Applying moisturizers to wet skin will help them absorb more easily, so it’s best to start your “dolphin” routine right after your shower.
“On very damp skin, you would apply a serum that contains a humectant,” says Patterson.
Humectants are often referred to as “skin care sponges” and will draw moisture from remaining products deep into your skin. Patterson notes that her favorite ingredient in this category is glycerin, which board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, previously called “single, bell-free ingredients.” and = whistling sound, which is great at drawing water into the skin and good for everyone.” Hyaluronic acid, known for its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, is also a great choice.
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This is Patterson’s serum that she’s been using for months. It’s made with 30% glycerin and multi-weight polyglutemic acid (another humectant) to hydrate your skin while soothing and replenishing your moisture barrier. Plus, it’s packed with skin-soothing agents like bisabolol, prickly pear extract, and niacinamide to eliminate irritation.
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She also loves this anti-aging deep moisturizing body treatment. In addition to moisturizing ingredients (glycerin and 100% pure argan oil), it also has gentle exfoliants (lactic acid and pineapple enzymes) that help remove dead skin cells and pave the way for products to penetrate. penetrate deeper.
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Five different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid combine with glycerin in this fast-absorbing serum, leaving skin hydrated and replenished. It has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association, meaning it does not contain known irritants that can disrupt sensitive skin.
2. Apply body butter
In the first step, you are binding the water to the skin. “Now, you’re going to put something on top to seal it off,” says Patterson. This step will provide plenty of moisturizer as well as lots of emollients and she prefers a thick body butter to get the job done.
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This whipped butter (one of Patterson’s other favorites) helps smooth and revitalize your skin with 100% pure argan oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and white tea extract. It has a silky yet lightweight texture that sinks right into your skin and comes in two scents (vanilla fig and vanilla apricot) as well as an unscented option.
3. Add a layer of body oil
If your skin feels too dry, Patterson recommends applying body oil over body butter, which will add an extra layer of moisture and nourishment.
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This amazing formula uses tamanu oil to soften and revitalize, sea buckthorn berry to firm and hydrate, camellia seed oil to hydrate and moisturize, and rosehip oil for antioxidant protection. . A blend of Ylang-ylang, sandalwood and bergamot gives it a refreshing, stress-relieving scent.
4. Lock it all up with Vaseline
Finally, seal everything up with a super absorbent product like Vaseline (think: body slide). This helps lock in all the moisture she just applied to her skin.
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Made with triple-refined 100% pure petroleum jelly, this covering ointment helps heal dry, damaged skin and lock in moisture.
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