How Does Skin Cycling Work? All you need to know

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You've probably heard of a new beauty trend called Skin Cycling. It emerged on social networks and has taken a lot of strength in recent times.


Do you want to know about it? This Jess Beauty article tells you what it is, its benefits, and the steps to follow to carry out this innovative skincare routine.


What is Skin Cycling?


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As we said, Skin Cycling is one of the latest beauty trends created by Dr. Whitney Bowe. This face beauty care method cyclically alternates exfoliants, retinoids, and repair products.


The idea is to achieve better use of the active ingredients, get a more radiant complexion, avoid damage from over-exfoliation, and promote skin renewal and repair.


Skin Cycling proposes to carry out the skincare routine during the night so that the products act during rest time.


The characteristic of this routine is that the active ingredients are applied only on certain days, and then there are 'rest' days. In this way, the skin barrier is prevented from being compromised by the excessive use of active ingredients.


Skin Cycling Routine: Step by Step


The skin cycling routine is carried out over four nights. You should do it before going to bed so that the active ingredients act while you rest.


Once finished, you can repeat it. However, it is very important to be attentive to your skin, since the guide for any beauty routine is to observe how it reacts and assimilates new products.


1 . Night One: Chemical exfoliant


A chemical peel is an aesthetic procedure that involves applying a chemical solution to the skin to remove damaged, dead, or aged outer layers. It promotes cell regeneration and stimulates collagen production, resulting in smoother, brighter, and renewed skin.


Benefits of Skin Cycling


  • Skin Renewal: Helps remove dead and damaged cells in the superficial layer of the skin, leading to a fresher, younger-looking skin.


  • Texture Improvement: By removing rough surface layers or unevenness, skin can feel smoother and more even.


  • Treatment of dark spots and hyperpigmentation: The acids used in chemical peels can help reduce dark spots and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation.


  • Fine Wrinkle Reduction: Stimulates collagen production, which can help reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and expression lines.


  • Acne treatment: Salicylic and other acids can help unblock pores and reduce sebum production, which benefits those with acne and blemish-prone skin.


2. Night Two: Apply Retinol Product


Retinol is a form of vitamin A widely used in skincare products due to its proven benefits for skin health.


It is a molecule that stimulates cell renewal and promotes collagen production, making it an effective ingredient to treat various skin problems and keep it healthy.




  • Acne treatment: Retinol helps unclog clogged pores and reduce excessive sebum production, which can help fight acne and prevent new breakouts.


  • Wrinkle and Fine Line Reduction: Stimulates collagen production, which improves skin elasticity and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.



  • Hyperpigmentation treatment: Helps reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, unifying skin tone.


  • Fights the signs of aging: Retinol is known for its ability to fight the visible signs of aging, such as lack of firmness and elasticity of the skin.


  • Circulation Stimulation: It can improve blood circulation in the skin, which can help the skin appear more radiant.

3. Night Three and Four: Repair


The last two nights are for repair, so you should hydrate your skin after two days of intense renewal. At this point, choose moisturizing products that follow your skin's needs. In this way, you must discriminate between products for sensitive, dry, oily, or mixed skin.


Types of moisturizers:


  • Dry Skin: Dense moisturizers rich in emollient ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil.

Look for products with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, or ceramides, as they help retain moisture in the skin.


  • Oily skin: Light, oil-free moisturizers to avoid clogging pores.

Moisturizing gel or lotions that absorb quickly without leaving a greasy feeling.

Ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree extract can help control excess oil and acne.


  • Mixed skin: One option is to use different moisturizers for each skin area (for example, a cream for dry areas and a light gel for oily areas).

Use light-textured moisturizers with balanced ingredients that are not too greasy or dry.


  • Sensitive skin: Look for moisturizers without fragrances or irritating ingredients.

Opt for aloe vera, calendula, or chamomile products, which have soothing and softening properties.


  • Acne Prone Skin: Non-comedogenic moisturizers to prevent clogging pores and worsening acne.

Ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or zinc can help reduce inflammation and control acne.


Pros of Skin Cycling 


Like any skincare routine, it has its benefits and aspects to take care of. Whenever we start with a new one, we must be clear that the skin is in charge, so we must be attentive to each change or reaction.


Here are some pros of skin cycling:


  • Simplicity: this routine does not require much time or support. You just cleanse the skin before using any of the three active products. Note that skin cycling does not replace other skincare, such as cleansing or using sunscreen.


  • Few products: being only three products (exfoliating, retinol, and moisturizer) once a day, avoid the abuse of use and, therefore, skin irritation.


  • Suitable for all skin types: this routine can be done on all skin types, as long as you don't forget to adapt each product to the skin's needs. For example, if you have sensitive skin, choose non-irritating exfoliants, or if you've never used retinol before, start with a lower concentration and gradually increase based on your skin's tolerance.


Don't forget that the key to any skincare routine is based on the use of excellent products. Visit the Jess Beauty website and discover the catalog of products designed under the highest quality standards.

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