If you're a fan of Korean beauty, you know that having a complicated skincare routine is the norm. However, taking a step back and simplifying your regimen can work wonders for your skin. You don't necessarily have to discard your high-end face serum or face moisturizer – all you need to do is use them strategically.
Skin cycling is an effective method for optimizing your skincare regimen without overloading your skin with products. Essentially, it involves swapping out active products in your nighttime routine on a regular basis.
But how does skin cycling work? And how can you incorporate it into your routine? In this article, we'll delve into everything you need to know about this skincare trend and provide you with a simple yet effective routine to try out.
What Is Skin Cycling?
Skin cycling is a method of rotating through active ingredients to give your skin a break between products and provide your skin with the nutrients it needs. This helps to avoid overloading your skin with too many products, while still allowing you to reap the benefits of high-end products.
The idea behind skin cycling is to use different active ingredients at different times, so that your skin can cycle through different nutrients without becoming overwhelmed or over-stimulated. This gives your skin the time it needs for absorbing the nutrients in your skincare products, and recuperate from potential irritation your skincare routine might have caused.
Skin cycling gives your skin a break by “cycling” out your active products in your nighttime routine. This allows your skin to have a rest day (or rather night). Cycling your skincare products prevents skin irritation and breaks your skin's tolerance against active ingredients.
Additionally, it helps to give your skin a break and rest, allowing it to rejuvenate and heal. With skin cycling, you can also customize your routine to suit your skin type, making it more tailored to your individual needs.
In short, skin cycling is a 4-night cycle routine around gentle peeling (exfoliating), treating, and hydrating.
Skin Cycling Benefits:Reduces inflammation – Using fewer active products helps keep your skin calm.
Repairs skin barrier – Skin cycling can help repair a broken skin barrier.
Builds skin tolerance – If you’re new to active ingredients, skin cycling is your best friend. Active ingredients can irritate, so cycling them out helps your skin adjust.
Boosts hydration – Skin cycling can help maximize your skin’s moisture retention.
Skin Cycling Routine
Night One :
A gentle peeling exfoliator will help shed dead skin cells without stripping it from its natural moisture. Exfoliating is the first step because it helps your other products work even deeper. Here are a few gentle peeling masks to try based on your skin needs:
Patting Splash Mask Soothing & Healing Green Tea – Have oily, acne-prone skin? This gentle peeling mask, made with lactic acid, is for you. It can help clarify your pores, remove dead skin cells, and control oil and sebum, and calm red skin.
Patting Splash Mask Rejuvenating Purple Berry – For the anti-aging babes out there, this firming gentle peeling mask is for you. This rejuvenating mask contains lactic acid and is mixed with extracts of five types of berries to energize dull skin.
Patting Splash Mask Yellow Citrus & Honey – Have pigmentation problems and wish to get that skin glow? This mask is for you.
It contains vitamin C that deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. It's also packed with antioxidants that protect your skin against free radicals and aging. After rinsing off the mask, your skin should feel soft, smooth, and deeply hydrated.
Night Two :
While many skin cycling routines use retinols, they aren’t always feasible for sensitive skin and they aren’t pregnancy-safe. Instead of retinol, try these products that contain niacinamide, which can be gentler while still treating:
Pressed Serum Gold Apricot – This serum moisturizer hybrid contains apricot seed extract and niacinamide, providing ample hydration to troubled skin and helping decrease blemishes and dark spots.
This serum is a great choice if you have sensitive skin that needs extra nourishment. It replenishes, repairs, and nourishes the skin. It also helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. Your skin should feel softer, smoother, and more radiant after using Blithe Pressed Serum Gold Apricot.
Vital Treatment 9 Essential Seeds – This antioxidant-rich toner essence hybrid can help brighten dark spots while improving texture. It is packed with nine different kinds of seeds which help strengthen your skin barrier.
Niacinamide in this item helps reduce redness, inflammation, and hyperpigmentation. The Vital Treatment 9 Essential Seeds toner essence helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while hydrating and moisturizing the skin. It also helps to even skin tone and texture, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and energized.
Night Three & Four :
The third and fourth nights are for nourishing and repairing your skin barrier. Here are some moisturizers for your skin cycling routine:
Pressed Serum Tundra Chaga – This serum is formulated with chaga, an antioxidant-rich mushroom extract, and other natural ingredients to help restore skin’s elasticity and hydration.
It’s ideal for all skin types, including sensitive and dry skin, and it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s a great way to give your skin a boost of hydration in the evening and help protect it from environmental damage. This 2-in-1 serum & moisturizer, made with immortal chaga mushroom extract, tackles fine lines and wrinkles while providing deep hydration.
Pressed Serum Velvet Yam – This unique 2-in-1 serum & moisturizer is made with wild yam, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and fight against free radicals. It helps to protect skin from environmental damage while deeply moisturizing, improving skin's elasticity and giving it a natural shine.
It also helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, thanks to its Phyto-mucin components, making it perfect for those looking to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. Need deep, rich hydration? This moisturizer, made with velvet yam, shea butter, and macadamia oil, offers deep, nourishing moisture.
How Long Does It Take to See Skin Cycling Results?
Skin cycling is an amazing way to nourish and revitalize your skin. By using different products and switching them up, you can maximize the benefits of each product and get the best results for your skin type.
With Blithe's Pressed Serum Tundra Chaga (a two-in-one serum & moisturizer), you can tackle fine lines and wrinkles while providing deep hydration. With Blithe's Pressed Serum Velvet Yam moisturizer, you can get deep, nourishing, skin rejuvenating hydration.
Everyone's skin is different, so it might take some trial and error to find the right balance for your skin. If you don't see results after a few weeks, try adjusting your routine and take time to listen to your skin.
We'd love to know what you think of skin cycling, so let us know in the comments!