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Skin cycling is a trend that went viral thanks to TikTok, but does it really work? Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology, PC, first coined “skin cycling” when she explained her method on social media.
The most exciting part about this skincare trend is that it is a complete reversal to the twelve-step routines that had us buying dozens and dozens of skin care products for nightly use. You only need three skin care products to complete your nightly routine with skin cycling.
Skin cycling is a four-night cycle designed to provide skin with the treatment it needs, along with a rest and re-moisturizing period. The routine is always performed at night and in a specific order. The routine calls for one night of exfoliation, followed by a night of retinol, followed by two nights of “skin rest” or moisturizing.
The idea is that by rotating active ingredient nights with moisture-protecting nights, the skin’s natural barrier can be maintained. Moreover, it gives people some real clarity after years of trying to incorporate every skin care product under the sun on any given night.
What’s better, skin cycling can be appropriate for anyone, at any age, with any skin type or skin concerns. However, you may need to customize the routine somewhat – some opt for a five night cycle with an extra recovery night between the exfoliation and retinol nights.
This skincare trend has brought softer skin to many practitioners. Skin cycling is also a great technique for keeping your skin hydrated during the drying winter months. What’s better is this program is Advanced Dermatology approved. If you are interested in doing more to protect and rejuvenate your skin, book a virtual or in-person consultation with one of our top-rated dermatologists.