This beauty trend is definitely worth it
Skin cycling is a beauty trend that is revolutionizing your care routine. Upgrade your beauty rituals in the evening and give your skin the attention and care it deserves. What is skin cycling and how can we incorporate it into our everyday lives? A skin care expert explained it to us.
Cream, lotion, toner, cleanser – the selection of skincare products and the techniques used to apply them can be overwhelming. The many alternatives can mean that you keep trying back and forth due to all the possibilities and therefore do not stick to a consistent routine. Finding your own rhythm in order to be able to use the advantages of the products is essential. Azra, Mrs. Politely’s beauty expert, explains what skin cycling is all about.
Clarification of skin cycling: the basic knowledge about the skin care routine
BRIGITTE: What is skin cycling?
Azra: Skin cycling was developed by dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe in New York. It is an evening skincare routine. The aim of the beauty ritual is to strengthen and optimize the skin barrier in order to create an even complexion. This is accomplished through a four night cycle of four different applications.
What does such a routine look like and how long does it last?
the first Night begins with a two-phase cleansing. Here you cleanse the face with an oil, then it is cleaned with a gel. Then comes the face wash. Then apply a chemical peel to prevent breakouts and finish your routine with a facial.
The program of second Night starts with cleansing and also follows with facial tonic. Apply cream to sensitive skin areas and then use the highly concentrated serum with retinol sparingly. Finally, apply night care to your face.
For the nights three and four the first two steps remain the same. Then use niacinamide, which consists mainly of vitamin B3, and massage it in carefully. After it has moved in, you use a hyaluronic acid and finally a rich night care. Basically, the skin cycling routine should take around five to ten minutes.
Who is the routine for?
The concept is recommended for all ages and skin types. However, it is particularly suitable for people suffering from acne, rosacea, eczema and hyperpigmentation.
Are there no-gos in the area of skin cycling?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid BHAs. This means that you should always switch from fat-soluble to water-soluble products. Therefore, you should avoid the BHA peeling on the first night and the retinol on the second night. The peeling should also never be applied to damp skin. Another no-go is the combined use of salicylic acid and retinol. Therefore, you should never use an ointment selectively if you have used retinol before.
What is the goal of the care routine?
In addition to cyclical and strategic use for a more balanced complexion, skin cycling focuses on a balanced care effect. The benefits of the active ingredients of vitamin A and BHA are thoroughly exploited to additionally strengthen the skin barrier. The motto here is: “Less is more.”