Skin cycling is a scheduled skin-care routine that allows your skin to rest in between treatments in order to repair itself and result in a glowy, clear, and youthful complexion! This cycle is also loved for its ability to prevent irritation and inflammation, making it a great option for sensitive skin.
If you are wanting to try out the trend, you will just need 3 key products!
Once you have those 3 ingredients, the rest is just scheduling the right ingredients at the right time. “The classic skin cycling regimen is a four-night cycle — the first is the exfoliation night, the second is a retinoid night, and the third and fourth are recovery nights, then you repeat the cycle,” says Dr. Whitney Bowe, MD, the creator of the skin cycling method.
Night 1 - Exfoliate.
Night 2 - Retinoid.
Night 3 and 4 - Moisturize and Recover.
As for how long you should keep with your skin cycling regimin, Bowe recommends listening to your skin and keeping to the age old "consistency is better than frequency" rule of thumb.
You can use this method as a reset whenever your skin is feeling tired, or you can use it indefinitely for consistent results.
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
We love this as an exfoliator option because it is designed to be used daily - this means it may be more gentle on sensitive skin than others. It is also a physical exfoliant, which makes it easy to control how much or little exfoliating power you want!
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Another exfoliating favorite that is a bit more pocket-book friendly is Paula's Choice! This option uses a combination of acids to effectively and quickly exfoliate pores, so make sure to wear sunscreen after use!
Dermalogica Active Moist, Oil-Free Moisturizer
With it's oil-free ingredients list, this is a great option for all skin types! Super creamy consistency that feels luxurious on skin, especially after your first two skin cycling steps.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Moisturizer
An amazing option for recovery after skin cycling! This moisturizing cream is designed to create a replenishing barrier on skin that protects from stressors and let skin rejuvenate quickly.
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