Published By: Nirtika Pandita

All you need to know about the concept of skin cycling and its benefits

One of the skin and beauty trends that have taken over the internet is the skin-cycling routine.

When it comes to trends and fashion styles that keep rotating in the market, not every trend makes it to the mark. While some of the trends, be it in fashion or beauty, often are debunked, some of the trends do catch up and prove to be successful. One of the skin and beauty trends that have taken over the internet is the skin-cycling routine. It involves taking care of the skin in ways to let it breathe.

Night 1

Begin with exfoliation at night to clear the pores and remove the dead skin. Firstly, cleanse the skin with a gentle face wash, use a leave-on chemical exfoliant containing alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids, and then pat it dry. The experts recommend using this rather than scrubs which can be too harsh for the face. And a must before bed is to apply a moisturiser to seal everything in.

Night 2

Retinoids are a vitamin A-based skin product that helps treat mild acne, and fade hyperpigmentation, and scarring. At the same time, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is one of the most powerful ingredients of a skin cycling routine. First, cleanse the face and make sure it is not even a little damp, and then apply the retinoid. Just a pea-sized amount of product is sufficient for the entire face.

Nights 3 and 4

Allow the skin to adjust to the recovery nights. Cleanse the face and apply any hydrating serums or moisturisers that do not contain active ingredients. So always go for fragrance-free products such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides.

Things to be careful of

Skin cycling could be extremely beneficial because it allows the face to heal in between the various treatments and layers we put it through. Using exfoliating serums and retinoids are extremely effective skin care products recommended by professionals. However, one should be careful of using it too frequently as it can cause irritation on the skin.

Also, applying too much too often can result in sensitive, rigid, or dry skin; especially for people with darker skin tones as it can cause hyperpigmentation to their skin.

According to experts, exfoliating serums and retinoids are particularly successful products that can be used in a skincare routine and are also often recommended. However, one has to be careful of frequent usage as it may cause skin irritation for many.