The viral TikTok (or #BeautyTok, to some) development, “retinol sandwiching,” is without doubt one of the hottest tendencies within the magnificence trade…over 22.5 million views and counting.
However how does it work and the way can we do it?
Janna Ronert, IMAGE Skincare founder and esthetician, describes the skincare approach as “utilizing a layer of moisturizer earlier than and after you apply retinol so it’s ‘sandwiched’ between two different layers of product.” The concept is to restrict irritation to the pores and skin, which might typically be attributable to retinol.
Ronert recommends at all times selecting a light-weight moisturizer to make sure you don’t deplete the effectiveness of the retinol too a lot and to succeed in for an encapsulated retinol. “Even earlier than you add the sandwiching approach, an encapsulated retinol is already much less prone to trigger irritation. I often suggest together with the moisturizer after retinol as a result of with out the added layer of hydration, the danger of sensitivity is increased. As well as, I at all times discover that retinol could be drying on the pores and skin – even for these with oily pores and skin – so most individuals have to load up on moisture when utilizing it to keep away from dry or flaky pores and skin.”
Is that this development new?
Whereas this development may appear new to many, it’s truly a generally suggest one within the magnificence house. “Estheticians and pores and skin specialists have been recommending laying retinol with moisturizer for years to forestall the damaging results of irritation, dryness and flaking that retinol may cause,” says Ronert.
And it’s actually a worthy development.
“I’m a fan of retinol sandwiching as a result of you will get a giant dose of retinol for plumping collagen and an excellent dose of hydration in a single program,” says Ronert. “It will possibly assist alleviate any irritation – comparable to flaking or dryness – that may typically be attributable to retinol. It acts as a barrier between the lively ingredient and the pores and skin. As well as, moisturizing after utilizing retinol helps seal in moisture which may help restrict any sensitivity.”
The bottom line is to decide on the correct formulation on your pores and skin and to keep it up. “Choose a retinol with an enhanced supply system such because the aforementioned encapsulated retinol. This kind of retinol means the lively components penetrate deeper into the pores and skin layer earlier than being activated, so it’s extremely efficient however nonetheless light on the pores and skin. The IMAGE Skincare AGELESS total retinol-A crème is the best intensive mix of encapsulated retinol, glycolic acid and lactic acid. Even earlier than you add the sandwiching approach, an encapsulated retinol is already much less prone to trigger irritation.”