What Actually Is Plump Skin, And How To Get It!


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We’ve all heard the term plump skin; in fact, many of us strive for it! But what does it really mean? We’ll be real with you guys; it’s pretty simple, and the good news is, when you know how to get it, it’s totally achievable.

We recently chatted with American board-certified dermatologist and founder of Galdari Derma Clinic, Dr. Hassan Galadari, to give us the whole scoop on healthy, plump skin.

We said it was simple, and Dr. Galadari clarifies that plump skin essentially means healthy, hydrated skin. For example, you’ll notice after a day in the sun or if you’re dehydrated after a long weekend that your skin might look a little lackluster and more crepey. Alternatively, when your skin looks and feels plump, it has a little glow, it bounces back when you press it, and fine lines are less obvious.


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It’s also something we tend to notice as we age, and Dr. Galadari clarifies that “your skin will feel different as you age, which of course is normal, and it’s down to a reduction in the production of hyaluronic acid, elastin and collagen.” AKA, the key components that create volume in your skin. While this may be irreversible, he does confirm that “there are also things you can do to enhance your inner collagen.” Hallelujah!

Thankfully, there are some pretty simple solutions to maximize your skin’s plumpness. Applying skincare that helps to build and strengthen the collagen in your skin and using ingredients that maximize moisture levels are the easiest way to get plump, fuller-looking skin. Dr. Galadari tells us to look out for peptides, collagen, and hyaluronic acid, which help hydrate, rebuild and strengthen the skin.

Dr. Galadari is also a firm believer in the importance of using sunscreen every day to protect your skin from damage caused by harmful ultraviolet radiation. UV rays increase the breakdown of collagen, which leads to accelerated skin sagging and loss of suppleness. See more about the sun affects your skin here and check out some of our fave sunscreen formulas here.

The good news is, using skincare products with these ingredients, especially peptides and retinol, will help to boost your skin both immediately and over the long term. Peptides help your skin cells repair and rejuvenate as they penetrate through the skin barrier and signal your cells to create new collagen and other essential proteins. While retinol, in addition to its own collagen-boosting effects, helps prime the skin for peptides to penetrate deeper.

Look for peptides in leave-on formulas like serums and moisturizers. Our WISHFUL Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer is our cheat sheet to plump skin, as it’s packed with peptides, hydrating and soothing Manuka honey, and hydrating collagen and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. It’s like plump skin in a jar.

Of course, skin is an inside-out job too, so there’s more to having healthy skin than just what you put on it. Check out these hacks for glowing skin and a healthy body. Got questions? Pop them in the comments below!