Retinol Sandwich Method

What Is The Retinol Sandwich Method?

Dr. Deepti Prasad
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Deepthi Prasad, MBBS.

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Emerging out as a TikTok trend, the Retinol Sandwich Method just became famous due to many TikTokers promoting this as a new and great method for skincare. But is it really as good as the internet personalities make it out to be? Let’s find out!

What Is Retinol?

Retinol is basically a type of Vitamin A which is quite essential for healthy skin, immunity, vision etc. Usually it is used as a dietary supplement and is found in foods such as eggs, liver, dairy products etc. But people also use it as an anti-ageing ingredient in their skincare routine as it helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However some of its cons in using it in skincare are dryness, irritation etc. Read the blog linked here to find out more.

Also Read : A complete Guide To Retinol - Uses, Benefits & More

What Is The Retinol Sandwich Method?

Retinol Sandwich Method

Retinol is an ingredient that if not used under the proper guidance of a dermatologist can cause irritation and dryness of your skin despite the many benefits. How can one counteract this issue? Well, the Retinol Sandwich Method solves the problem. In this method, we apply retinol in between two layers of moisturizer. The moisturizer basically helps remove the dryness caused by retinol by acting as a counter. Recently however a replacement for retinol has been formed by the name of retinaldehyde which is an improved version of retinol in terms of effectiveness. If you want to read more about the same we recommend you give this blog of ours a read.

Also Read : Retinaldehyde VS Retinol Which Is Better?

How To Adopt It In Your Skincare Routine?

Skincare Routine

Now that you read about how Retinol Sandwich Method works, let’s see what goes into incorporating it in your daily skincare routine. For starters, you’ll need a retinol serum. If you’re looking for the best retinol serum to help gain your youth back, try using the Youth Renewal Serum with Retinol by ThriveCo to attain amazing results and glowing skin! Back to the matter at hand, if you have sensitive skin, try going for this method as the moisturizer will help balance out the negative effects of retinol. 

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1. Cleanse And Moisturize

Skin Cleansing and Moisturising

Clean your skin using a cleanser. After that, apply a lightweight moisturizer that without ingredients such as mineral oil, jelly etc. Dab it on the sensitive areas of the skin. Using a lightweight moisturizer is important as a heavy moisturizer will basically neutralize the benefits of retinol as well, rendering it useless.

2. Apply Retinol Serum

Apply retinol serum

Once you are done moisturizing the face, it is time to bring out the retinol. Apply it on your skin in pea sized quantities over the moisturized areas and gently rub it in. Make sure you don’t overdo applying the retinol serum. But if you are confident that your skin isn’t sensitive, you can skip the first step for a few days and just apply retinol so that your skin has a higher affinity towards retinol. Then slowly start integrating the first step into your routine.

3. Moisturize Again


It’s time to whip out the moisturizer again and finally complete the sandwich, with the bread being the moisturizer and the stuffing being retinol. Once you’re done you can rest easy.

Does The Trending Method Work?

You must be wondering whether this is an effective method at all. Well, believe it or not, it does work very well. By keeping your skin moisturized and nourished at the same time while also reducing the drying effects of retinol. If your skin is sensitive and you’re looking to use products that can help you treat your skin better, this way is the best way to go!

Is The Method Safe?

Having been tested by dermatologists and all, we can say that this is indeed a safe way to help you with the anti-ageing fight and your overall skincare routine.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Are there any side effects to using retinol? Well, if used extensively and not under proper supervision, retinol can indeed be harmful to the skin. But are there any side effects to using the Retinol Sandwich Method? As of yet, the method is safe and is being used by many people in their skincare routines so you can rest easy in that regard. But once again, be sure to follow the steps properly to the method so you can avoid any potential damage.

So, at the end of the day we learned about retinol and how the trend of the Retinol Sandwich method can help you improve your skin and skin care routine by adding it.


About Doctor :

Dr. Deepthi Prasad

Dr. Deepthi Prasad specializes in Dermatology, Cosmetology, and Aesthetic Dermatology and has been practicing for over 15 years. After completing MBBS from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences Andhra Pradesh in 2009, she earned a MD in Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad in 2014.




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