THE RETINOL SANDWICH METHOD
Retinol is a powerful skincare ingredient that can help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, along with other signs of aging. It’s one of the most highly regarded ingredients by skincare professionals, however Retinol can have one temporary downside—the potential for skin irritation. That's where the Retinol Sandwich method comes in. As skincare enthusiasts seek new ways to incorporate Retinol into their routines, the Retinol sandwich method has gained attention for its balance between skin comfort and efficacy. Sound appetizing? Then keep reading for everything you need to know to make a Retinol sandwich. Hungry for gluten-free retinol? Skip to the Nibble section below to get the retinoid without the bread ...
WHAT IS THE RETINOL SANDWICH METHOD?
The Retinol sandwich method involves “sandwiching” your retinol between two layers of Moisturizer. The technique was created to help minimize some of the potential side effects of Retinol, like dryness, redness, and flakiness. Layering moisturizer helps deliver and lock in extra hydration in the skin, counteracting the dryness that can leads to irritation. This can be especially helpful for those who are new to Retinol or have very Dry or Sensitive Skin.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE RETINOL SANDWICH METHOD?
The biggest benefit of the Retinol Sandwich method is the potential reduction for irritation. It can help mitigate skin irritation, while still allowing the Retinol to provide youth-boosting benefits. The additional layer of hydration is also beneficial. Extra moisture can help soften and plump your skin and increase its natural radiance.
HOW TO MAKE A RETINOL SANDWICH?
Start by washing your face with a cleanser that removes impurities without stripping or drying your skin. We love Checks and Balances™ Milky Oil Cleanser + Makeup Remover for this exact reason. It effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup and leaves your skin feeling clean and comfortable.
Step 2:Apply a thin layer of moisturizer and allow it to fully absorb into the skin. Our favorite is Plantscription™ Lifting + Firming Cream. It helps refresh skin’s natural bounce and create a more lifted look. Plus, the ingredients, like Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid, pair nicely with Retinol.
Step 3:Apply your Retinol serum and allow it to fully absorb. Finish with a thicker layer of the same moisturizer used in Step 2.
HOW OFTEN CAN YOU DO THE RETINOL SANDWICH METHOD?
Start by using the Retinol Sandwich method once or twice a week, at night, and gradually increase the frequency as your skin adjusts—following the directions on your retinol product. Your skin can become more susceptible to sunburn from retinol use, so be sure to wear sunscreen during the day.
THE RETINOL SANDWICH METHOD: ONE LAST NIBBLE
The Retinol Sandwich method is a great technique if you’re hungry to try Retinol but have concerns about skin irritation. It can help keep skin hydrated and soothed, while still offering Retinol benefits. But if you want to skip those extra steps, our new Plantscription™ Active Wrinkle Correction Serum is appropriate for those with sensitive skin and can be used without a sandwich or phase-in period. If you’re not sure what method of application is right for you, chat with an Origins Skin Expert or book a one-on-one appointment to find your best Retinol routine.