Skin Cycling: It's all over social media as the latest hype approach for caring for your skin - and has nothing to do with cycling. While the term is new, the concept isn't.
What is Skin Cycling?
When it comes to effective skin care, using more products doesn't equate to better skin or quicker results.
Skin cycling is a skin care term used to describe the way products are applied to the skin. Rather than applying the same skin care products every day, products are applied with rest/recovery days.
Instead of layering products on top of one another, skin cycling encourages using products strategically so that they actually complement one another. When you're working with actives, the skin cycling rest days allow skin to repair and prevent irritation and inflammation.
What Does Skin Cycling Include?
EXFOLIATOR - RETINOID - MOISTURIZER
The classic skin cycling regimen is a four-night cycle:
Night 1: Exfoliate
Night 2: Apply Retinoid
Night 3: Recovery
Night 4: Recovery
Night 5: Repeat cycle
How To Skin Cycle
Exfoliate: Remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin allowing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin and perform more effectively Over-exfoliation leads to redness and irritation
Retinoid: This is a Vitamin A derivative that can smooth skin, help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They can be irritating when first introduced, especially for sensitive, reactive skin types. Retinol-alternative products are just as active but more suitable for sensitive skin. Apply moisturizer over your retinoid.
Recovery: No acids or retinol. These are your support days. Focus on nourishing your skin with your moisturizer or balm. This is a good day to use your Vitamin C serum.
Is Skin Cycling Right For My Skin?
Skin cycling is ideal for all skin types. Consistency is key. Products are much more effective when used regularly, even if not daily.
Skin cycling allows you to reap the benefits of actives in your skin-care routine without causing irritation.
If you’re already applying actives nightly and your skin is tolerating them well, then skin cycling may not give you the benefits you’d hoped. Some skin can tolerate more advance use while other skin cannot. We are here to tailor your regimen to your personal skin needs.
The beauty of some natural retinol alternatives is that they don't require skin cycling at all and are safe for use everyday. They give similar benefits as retinol by firming, smoothing and/or boosting collagen without any of the harsher side affects.