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What is skin cycling?

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The term skin cycling is popping up all over social media at the moment.

And as #skincyling already has over 116 million views on TikTok alone, it seems like this beauty trend is here to stay.

But what exactly is skin cycling? Coined by dermatologist Dr Whitney Bowe, the phrase refers to repeating separate skincare routines over four days.

Day one is about exfoliating, day two is for using retinol, day three is about hydrating the complexion, and day four is for recovery. And then, repeat!

According to Dr Bowe, skin cycling can be beneficial for those with sensitive skin types, have rosacea, or are testing out active ingredients such as exfoliating serums or retinoids.

Reflecting on the trend, Charlotte Knight, founder of Skin Proud, believes skin cycling can be beneficial to many, as it acknowledges that your skin needs time to recover in between what can be powerful active ingredients.

“The only disadvantages I see with the trend are that you don’t want results to plateau with the products you are using, which can happen. I would advise always starting on a lower concentration of retinol if you are new to retinoid treatments and building up to a stronger one if you feel that your skin needs further enhancement,” she advised. “Also, you can add in eye creams as you see fit – it is there as a guide and can be flexed to what works best for you.”

When it comes to retinoid treatments, Charlotte recommends Skin Proud’s Recharge – 0.5% retinol serum, a gentle product that promotes cell turnover without causing peeling or purging.

Other great options on the market include the Clinical 0.3% Retinol + 2% Bakuchiol Treatment from Paula’s Choice, which is designed to tackle fine lines, wrinkles, and even out skin tone, or Medik8’s Retinol 3TR, which has been formulated to complement the skin’s nightly regenerative cycle and restore visible radiance and smoothness.

– Cover Media