The hashtag #skincycling, which has 15 million views on social media, has revealed a new skincare trend. Called “Skin Cycling,” this trend includes a four-night skincare plan that alternates between using active ingredients and letting the skin rest. So it basically helps you get more out of your nighttime skincare routine by being strategic about how and when to use certain products. The content of the four-night program consists of exfoliation, retinoid, recovery and recovery.

Whitney Bowe, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, came up with this four-night skincare regimen and is educating TikTok and Instagram about it, too. Dr. Two nights applying all the benefits of using exfoliants and retinol; set out to create a strategic routine that prevents inflammation and irritation of the skin, with two nights dedicated to healing the skin. With this method, you can make the most of the active ingredients in your skin care products while minimizing irritation by creating the needed recovery nights.

Here is the Skin Cycling program with all its details…

First comes the exfoliation night. As usual, clean your face first. Once dry, use an exfoliant, which is a chemical exfoliating product, not a physical face scrub. Follow this up with your favorite moisturizer and you’re ready.

Exfoliation not only exfoliates the skin, but can also improve skin texture and help other skincare ingredients be effectively absorbed into the skin barrier. Whether chemical or physical, exfoliation is an essential part of the skincare routine because it helps maintain a dewy glow; it can even open skin tone, texture and pores.

Begin the second night of the skin cycle by cleansing your face. Then apply a pea-sized amount of retinol to your skin. You can apply moisturizer beforehand to reduce its strength on sensitive areas such as under-eyes or smile lines. Then, cover your skin with a layer of moisturizer as the last step of your nighttime routine.

Retinol is one of the main forms of vitamin A. It can help stimulate cell cycle and also help stimulate collagen production. This means the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, dark circles and acne is reduced.

But remember: retinol requires tolerance on some part of your skin. Beginners to use this active substance should apply it carefully. Applying more retinol to your skin at once will not give you faster results, it will just cause more irritation. Instead, you can start with a small amount of application to gauge your skin’s response.


As for the third and fourth nights, the last two nights of the skin cycle routine, it focuses entirely on moisturizing and repairing the skin. Start by washing with a gentle cleanser or even optional dual-phase cleaning. If you think your skin needs some extra hydration, a hyaluronic acid serum will do the trick. Finally, your choice of moisturizer comes. An optional fourth step is to apply a facial oil to your skin to lock in moisture.

The result is beautiful glowing skin!

What are the benefits of Skin Cycling?
This practice allows you to reap the benefits of your exfoliants and retinoids without overdoing it or causing irritation. There are two groups of people who will benefit most from the skin cycle: those who are overwhelmed by all the products and not sure where to start, and those who are already using great products but are not getting what they want from the results.

The rhythm in which you use products is important because too much of something very good like strong acids and retinoids can actually be bad. One of the clear signs of overdoing it is a damaged skin barrier that causes the skin to be in a state of chronic, low-grade inflammation. This results in free radical damage and oxidative stress, accelerating the aging process, predisposing to sensitive skin and acne, and even worsening hyperpigmentation.

Every skin type can benefit from trying the skin cycle. You can make minor changes according to your skin type and goals. For example, if you have sensitive or dry skin, you can use a lower grade retinol or acid, or add a third recovery night to the rotation. Those with acne-prone skin may benefit from testing their skincare routine on a three-day cycle: exfoliation, retinoid, healing, relapse. It’s all about finding the right one for you.

Knowing which ingredients will work best for you depends on your particular skin type. Because every person’s skin is uniquely different, you shouldn’t try new things without talking to your dermatologist.

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