Tiktok strikes again with another skincare trend, but this time it is dermatologist approved!
A new trend called skin cycling has been all over my FYP for the past month. Let’s talk about it.
Coined by dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe, skin cycling is rotating your skincare products throughout the week to avoid over-exfoliating your skin.
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This method is a great way to simplify your skincare routine and get the best out of your products, especially when the best ones take time to deliver results.
Dr. Bowe’s method is all about long-term effects. As much as we want to post our instant-glossy skin on Instagram, using too many products in one sitting can cause more skin problems.
After a long day, nothing beats a good skincare routine to help you feel refreshed. And putting on your favourite serums feels so satisfying.
A good skincare routine can prevent fine lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, and hydrate your skin. But more is not always better in this case.
Using too many harsh products like exfoliants and retinol can have the opposite effect. Rather than brightening and softening the skin, it can weaken and make it prone to irritation.
As someone who loves skincare, I have followed the cycling method for a few weeks. The results are slow, but my skin feels so great. My skin feels smoother, more hydrated, and I haven’t had pimples or blackheads since I started.
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Compared to my previous skincare routine, the cycling method saves me more time and my products last longer since I’m not overdoing it with the serums. You can also find more glowing reviews through the skin cycling hashtag on Tiktok.
If you’re ready to change up your skincare routine, here’s everything you need to know about the skin cycling method.
What is skin cycling?
Skin cycling is a four-night skincare routine. It involves exfoliating one evening, using retinol the next, then taking a break for two nights to let your skin repair and recover. Then repeat.
Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all; everyone has a different tolerance level regarding chemical exfoliants. That’s why Dr Bowe recommends that you exfoliate once every four days.
Your skin type will also determine what exfoliation products you should be using. The effects can look different on someone with dry or sensitive skin compared to someone with oily skin.
Oilier skin types may need to use exfoliation-based products more frequently, such as those containing salicylic acid.
How does skin cycling work?
Your skin routine will be broken down into four nights, each night focuses on a different product, and the other nights are meant for recovery.
The first night is all about exfoliation. After cleansing your face, Dr Bowe recommends using a chemical exfoliant. Now, don’t be scared of the word chemical; they help de-clog your pores and remove dead skin cells.
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There are most common types are AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids). AHAs are plant-derived acids that support collaged production and exfoliate skin cells. While BHAs are acne-fighting acids that help reduce excess oil in the skin.
The second night focuses on using retinol. Research shows that retinol helps with fading age spots and treating acne.
Night three and four is all about recovery. But it doesn’t mean you won’t do your regular skincare routine. You can focus on hydration and nourishment during these last two nights.
You should use skincare products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, and glycerine to help replenish the skin. When you cycle back to the first night, your skin will be primed and refreshed.
What are the benefits of skin cycling?
There’s a reason #skincycling has over 3.5 billion views and counting—people are experiencing glowing results, from smoother skin to reduced oiliness. The results take time to show but remember; it’s not about instant gratification.
Think of skin cycling as rotating through different workouts. You optimize results and build good habits that ensure long-term benefits.
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Most skin types can benefit from Dr Bowe’s cycling method. It allows newbies and skincare aficionados to have a consistent schedule that’s easy to maintain.
Consult with your dermatologist if you’re hesitant about using retinol or chemical exfoliants. Knowing what ingredients works for your skin will be beneficial in the long run.