The latest beauty trend is ‘skin cycling’ and it’s getting a lot of buzz because of its intensive approach to jumpstarting skin renewal and perking up your complexion. Let's learn something about this new skincare approach that will ramp up your predictable skincare routine and revitalise your complexion.
What Is Skin Cycling?
To start with, strategic skin cycling involves adding specific skincare products (e.g., glycolic acid, salicylic acid, a retinoid) or professional treatments (e.g., chemical peel, HydraFacial) into your skincare routine only on certain days of the week (i.e., active or intensive days), then on the remaining days of the week you let your skin recover, repair and rest.
The ‘cycle’ in this skincare routine refers to your daily regime of cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturising. With this new skin cycling method, rather than applying the same skincare products every day, you shake-up your routine and use some products on ‘intensive’ days and use different products on ‘rest’ days.
For instance, instead of using the same bunch of products every day and night, and piling them all on at once, skin cycling is all about using your skincare products and beauty treatments strategically, so they compliment each other.
Here Is How To Skin Cycle
The key to successful skin cycling is using skincare and anti-ageing treatments strategically.
How long is the skin cycle? Depending on your beauty and skincare goals, skin cycles may vary from person to person, but essentially this is the general idea: a typical ‘skin cycling’ cycle is 4-nights.
It’s all about repair and rest with a skin cycle: skin regeneration happens while we sleep, skin cycling routines usually involve a night time ritual, however you should adjust your treatment schedule to accommodate professional daytime treatments that will benefit you at night!
Skin Cycling Night Routine Example
On the 1st night you intensely exfoliate (we recommend our new Este Plus Exfoliation AHA/BHA), on the 2nd night you use a retinol skin product, and on the 3rd and 4th nights you rest your skin — by sticking to a gentle skincare routine on ‘rest’ nights: hydrate and moisturise; avoid anything irritating — these nights off allow your skin to regenerate.
Of course there are variations to this method, for example on day 1 of the cycle you might find that a professional acne treatment is more appropriate to address your immediate skincare concerns, and you can switch things up with an at-home exfoliant down the road, or on your next acne-focused skin cycle.
When it comes to skin cycling it’s all a matter of timing and using the most intensive skincare products with the most active ingredients on the 1st and 2nd nights of your skin cycle routine — look at our NEW Este Medical skincare line @ep.skin — Este Plus products are ideal for a skin cycling routine and will complement any Este Medical facial and skincare treatments you have at our Este clinics in the UK.
Benefits Of Cycling For Skin
A dedicated skincare routine is always going to be excellent for healthy skin maintenance and a radiant complexion. Here are several benefits you can have from skin cycling:
- A healthier skin barrier
- Smoother skin
- Brighter skin
- Reduce acne
- More even skin tone
- Younger looking skin
Book a consultation with us to talk about which Este Medical professional skincare treatments are ideal to add to your skin cycle routine!
Skin Cycling Helps Boost The Growth And Repair Cycle Of Your Skin
A skin cycling routine can help to boost the growth cycle of the skin, help new skin cells to turn over, and quicken the removal of dead surface skin cells that cause dull skin, fine lines and uneven skin tone.
This method of supercharging the skin’s growth cycle with active ingredients like retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid will help to reset the skin by boosting skin repair for a healthier more vibrant complexion!
Include Este Medical In Your Skin Cycling Routine!
For the best outcome of your skin cycling routine we recommend you consult with an Este skincare expert and have a skin assessment to determine the most optimal skin cycling treatment and products to reach your beauty goals.
Skin cycling can be intense for those with sensitive skin or particular skin conditions like acne or eczema, so to avoid itchy skin after cycling or skin irritation, do yourself a favour and find out through a professional Visia Digital Skin Analysis what is the best course of treatments and products to include in your new skin cycle!
Skin cycling has several immediate benefits, but much will depend on how you customise your personal skin cycling regime to your specific skincare needs, not just goals. Book an Este Medical skin cycling consultation to ensure a skin-safe cycle and maximise this new beauty trend for your self-care!
May 18, 2023