Skin cycling is a four-night skin care routine that includes two nights of treatments with active ingredients, followed by two nights rest – then you’ll repeat it all again.
The thought behind this routine is to balance your skin and prevent that the skin barrier gets compromised due to too many active ingredients. By following a skin cycling routine you’ll get all the benefits from your products, without creating totally avoidable problems such as redness and irritation.
This is the cycle you need to follow:
Skin cycling night one: Exfoliation
The first night you’ll start by cleansing, then continue with an exfoliating product. We’d recommend NovAge Skin Renewing Peel that contain a blend of AHA and BHA, which is great for your skin barrier and very effective. Finish the night off with a rich moisturiser like Optimals Hydra Radiance Night Cream Rich.
Skin cycling night two: Retinoid
On the second night you’ll switch out the exfoliator to a retinoid after cleansing. We’d go for NovAge ProCeuticals Retinol Power Drops formulated with an active level of 1.1% encapsulated retinol. It’s a very powerful ingredient and if used too frequently you’d end up with irritated and red skin. So, it’s important to keep that in mind, and also not layer retinol with other potentially irritating ingredients.
Skin cycling night three and four: Recovery
Now it’s all about letting your skin rest and ensure its hydrated to the max. Look for serums and moisturisers packed with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramides and glycerin. Try Optimals Urban Guard 3D Night Cream and NovAge Time Restore Revitilising Serum for a great recovery.
When night four is complete, go back to the beginning of the cycle and start all over again. After just a few cycles experts claim you’ll see results with a healthy glow and radiance.