Jello Skin Beauty Trend

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The jello skin Tik Tok trend started by beauty influencer Ava Lee has everyone is talking about Jello Skin.  What does jello skin mean and how do you get it?


It all started when Ava said her skin bounced back like jello after getting a facial.  Everyone went nuts and now the term has entered our vernacular.


It is amazing how quickly these skin care beauty trends catch on with social media and how they have such a strong influence.  I just read the book Dune and the Fremen on the desert planet Dune value water more than anything else. They refer to others that have “water plump skin”.  When I came to that part in Frank Herbert’s book, I immediately thought  “They mean jello skin!” which shows that Tik Tok trends can influence even a dermatologist’s vocabulary.


What is the Definition of Jello Skin?

Obviously “Jell-O skin” is a metaphor more than a scientific term meant to mean “plump hydrated skin” or “water plump skin”.  The meaning of jello skin is that your skin is plump with glycosaminoglycans that bind water and the skin bounces back when you press it. 


I have seen others say that jello skin indicates a large amount of collagen in the skin, however that is not correct.  Collagen does give skin strength, but it is glycosaminoglycans and water that are responsible for giving skin the jello plump feeling.  Skin care ingredients that boost collagen production won’t give you jello skin.  Keep reading to learn what will.

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The Scientific Meaning of Jello Skin


The scientific term for jello skin is actually a combination of two rheologic term used in physics to measure the viscoelastic properties of the skin.  This terms are known as- G’  (G Prime) and G’’ (G prime prime).  We use these terms in dermatology to describe the differences in dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm.[1]

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G’ is the elastic modulus. It represents the force needed to deform the skin.


G’’ reflects the ability of the skin to recover its shape after a deforming force.


The ratio of G’’ / G’ is the elasticity of the skin.

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What is the Difference Between Glass Skin, Cloudless Skin, and Jello Skin?

Glass skin refers to the skin’s ability to reflect light.  Exfoliators give you glass skin.  Cloudless skin refers to clear blemish free complexion. Getting on the correct skin care routine for your Baumann Skin Type will give you beautiful, plump, radiant, clear and smooth skin.


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Skin Slugging and Jello Skin


Skin slugging is another beauty trend used to hydrate skin and give you Jell-o skin.  You can learn more about skin slugging at this blog. I also discuss slugging on our YouTube Channel @SkinTypeSolutions.


What Skin Care Products Will Give Me Jello Skin?


You do not need a facial to get jello skin.  You can get jello skin at home by using products with glycosaminoglycans [2]in them such as hyaluronic acid.



Humectants that pull water into the skin and plump it are what you need to raise your G' and get skin plumped enough with water to feel like jello. Only humectants can do it.  Glycosaminoglycans like heparan sulfate found in this Sente Dermal Repair Cream or hyaluronic acid serums followed by a barrier repair moisturizer is the fastest path to jello skin.

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[1] Choi, M. S. (2020). Basic rheology of dermal filler. Archives of Plastic Surgery47(04), 301-304.

[2] Baumann L. in Ch 2 Dermis of Baumann’s Cosmetic dermatology (McGraw Hill 2022)

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