If you’ve been fervently scrolling through skincare TikTok, you may have heard of a new trend: skin flooding. So what is skin flooding? In this game-changing technique, the idea is to flood the skin by layering hydrating products from thinnest to thickest consistency. Essentially, it builds on the idea of a basic skincare routine, placing a special emphasis on drenching the skin with extra moisture for plump, glowy results.

To help you incorporate skin flooding into your daily regimen, we’ll take you through the method step by step with our Desert Essence favorites.

Start With Freshly Cleansed Skin

Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Deep Pore Cleanser

The first step of any proper skin flooding regimen starts with a fresh, clean face. A powerhouse for sensitive skin, Thoroughly Clean Deep Pore Cleanser harnesses the power of pure manuka and tea tree oils to help neutralize bacteria while Castile soap gently removes impurities. After rinsing off this formula, leave your face slightly damp. With skin flooding, you want a slightly wet base so that the products that you layer on later lock down the moisture.

Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water

Besides using a traditional skin cleanser that you rinse off, you can refresh your skin with a rinseless micellar water. You won’t miss out on hydration with this method because micellar water contains both cleanser and water. Here’s how it works: Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Micellar Cleansing Facial Water removes makeup and other pollutants with pure Australian tea tree oil while calming the skin with cucumber. For an extra surge of hydration, it’s also infused with nourishing aloe. Application is simple: Use a cotton pad to apply it onto your face, wiping in an upward motion until your face feels fresh and clean.

Go in With a Treatment: Desert Essence Manuka Oil & Tea Tree Oil Skin Ointment

Once you've indulged your skin in a hydrating feast, the next step is to lavish it with a delicate treatment. Enter the Desert Essence Manuka Oil & Tea Tree Oil Skin Ointment – a remedy designed to fight blemishes and soothe irritated skin. Enriched with a wealth of botanical goodness, this therapeutic ointment serves as a comforting elixir, where the potent combination of Manuka Oil and Tea Tree Oil converges to restore clarity and serenity to your complexion.

Reset Skin With Toner: Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Facial Toner

After using a facial cleanser, go in with a toner to remove any residual traces of makeup and impurities — the just-right formula does this without stripping moisture from the skin. Basically, the benefit of a reliable toner is that it’ll prime the face for all the moisturizing that’s to come with skin flooding. A go-to for diligent skincare enthusiasts, Desert Essence Cucumber & Aloe Facial Toner embraces pure tea tree oil to help control oil and minimize pores. It’ll also leave your skin soothed for your skin flooding routine, as cucumber helps calm irritation while aloe delivers nourishing hydration.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!: Desert Essence Revitalizing Oils Facial Moisturizer

One of the skin flooding products you must always have is a thirst-quenching moisturizer. After cleansing your face, lock down the hydration with a moisturizer that supports your skin barrier. A reprieve for those with dry or mature skin, Desert Essence Revitalizing Oils Facial Moisturizer is wealthy in hydration-sealing ingredients such as evening primrose, argan and avocado oils.

Pamper Your Skin With a Replenishing Facial Oil

Desert Essence Restorative Face Oil

For further silky smooth hydration, it’s time to go in with a face oil. Lock in even more moisture with Desert Essence Restorative Face Oil, which delivers a lovely glow courtesy of organic evening primrose and marula oils. Geared towards dry or mature skin, it’s also USDA-certified organic. Simply rub a few drops onto your face and neck for a burst of essential fatty acids.

Desert Essence Balancing Face Oil

If you have oil-prone or combination skin, you can still add a little extra hydrating love to your routine with Desert Essence Balancing Face Oil. Also USDA-certified organic, this formula embraces the potent properties of moisture-restoring organic jojoba oil and antioxidant-wealthy organic pomegranate oil. While giving skin a soft and supple refresh, it won’t leave behind a greasy residue.

Apply Sunscreen

If you’re skin flooding in the morning, applying sunscreen should be the very last step of your routine. Sunscreen protects your skin from sun damage — and by virtue of doing so, it helps support your skin barrier function. For more hydration, consider cream-based sunscreens or ones with moisturizing ingredients such as plant oils.

The skin flooding trend is one of the buzziest skincare phenomena to grace TikTok, but it basically goes back to the skincare fundamentals of proper moisturizing and layering. Give your skincare routine a botanically powered boost with essentials from Desert Essence’s Skincare Collection.