Skin Cycling With Your BHN/NHS Products
Skin Cycling is a term referring to a four-night skin-care routine that includes two nights of treatments followed by two nights of recovery. The goal in practicing this regimen is to achieve healthier, less agitated skin and to inevitably save money on products overtime. Some of us, including our Barbara Hoffman, have a laundry list of skincare products that we use daily, but is it practical? Skin cycling helps us pinpoint what we actually need and when to use them.
Okay, so how does it work?
Skin cycling is a 4-day process that is repeated consistently. Products are rotated throughout the 4 days to give your skin’s barrier time to rest and recover, instead of sensitizing it due to an overload of strong ingredients.
Night 1 has 3 steps: Cleanser, chemical exfoliant (such as a Glycolic Acid Serum or a Mandelic Acid Serum), and moisturizer.
Step 1 (Same throughout each day): Cleanser
Step 2: Chemical Exfoliant (Glycolic Acid Serum OR Mandelic Acid Serum)
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Step 3 (Same throughout each day): Moisturizer
Night 2 has 3 steps, too: cleanser, retinoid/Vitamin A serum, and moisturizer.
Step 2: Vitamin A Serum/Retinoid
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Night 3 has 2-3 steps: cleanser, optional hydrating serum (such as hyaluronic acid or niacinamide), and moisturizer.
Step 2 (optional): Hydrating Serum
Night 4 is a repeat of Night 3’s regimen: cleanser, optional hydrating serum (such as hyaluronic acid or niacinamide), and moisturizer.
These 4 nights are in a specific order to be repeated consistently.
What about mornings?
Every morning is the same recommended routine: cleanser (if oily or acne-prone skin), moisturizer, and sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. Sunscreen is strongly recommended to protect your skin from damage during the day. You do not want to take steps backward if you want healthy skin!
So, what do these individual regimens do?
The first day’s recommendation of a chemical exfoliant will renew the skin’s surface by eating away the dead skin cells to reveal new, smooth skin. Many people include this step more often than they should, which can cause irritation & redness. People who struggle with acne or oily skin especially do not want to over-exfoliate their faces. If there is too much exfoliation, your skin will become stripped of its natural oils. Therefore, your skin will overcompensate and produce too much oil. This step should be followed by moisturizer to hydrate your new skin cells.
The second day’s recommendation of a retinoid helps smooth out fine lines & wrinkles, fade dark spots, and stimulate collagen production. This step is also very sensitizing if used nightly. The chemical exfoliant from day 1 reveals a fresh barrier, and the retinoid in day 2 will stimulate the production of healthy skin cells. A moisturizer finishes this day’s routine to lock in much needed hydration.
The third and fourth days are considered “healing” or “resting” days. Only a cleanser, an optional hydrating serum, and moisturizer are used to give the skin a break from the potent active steps that were applied the first 2 days.
Chemical exfoliants, retinoids, and hydrating serums can be pricey. Limiting the use of these products is not only good for your wallet, but great for your skin! If you are looking to “start over” and heal your skin, try out skin cycling.
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Barbara + Your Friends at Better Health Naturally & New Healthy Skin