A step by step guide to skin cycling: Exfoliate, Retinol and Recovery

26. Jan 2024

Skin Cycling: Fad or Fortress for Your Face? Beauty Detectives Investigate!

Ever heard of skin cycling? Buzzy term, right? But before you jump on the bandwagon, let's crack the case: is it just skincare sleight of hand, or a hidden gem for a glow-worthy complexion?

Here at NAYA, we're your beauty detectives, ready to dust off the magnifying glass and unveil the truth. So, grab your lab coats, because we're diving deep into the world of skin cycling!

The Case of the Overworked Skin:

Remember the pandemic skincare shift? Makeup took a backseat as we embraced bare-faced beauty. But amidst the glow-up goals, a villain emerged: overdoing it. Over-exfoliating, over-actives – you name it, we overdid it. Our skin, the poor witness, cried out in redness, irritation, and premature aging.

Enter the Hero: Skin Cycling

Think of skin cycling as the rest days for your skin, much like you wouldn't train your biceps every single day. It's a structured routine, typically a four-day cycle, designed to optimize actives without overworking your precious epidermis.

Day 1: Exfoliation – Sloughing Away the Suspects

We kick things off with gentle removal of dead skin cells using a chemical exfoliator (AHA/BHA, our preferred suspects!). This preps the scene for deeper action in the days to come.

Day 2: Retinoids – The Regeneration Renegades

For seasoned skincare sleuths, Day 2 welcomes the potent power of retinoids. But remember, caution is key! Sensitive skin types might prefer a separate day for retinoids, avoiding inflammation and keeping the suspects subdued.

Days 3 & 4: Recovery & Repair – Building the Barrier Defenses

Now, it's time for some TLC. These days are dedicated to hydration and barrier restoration. Ceramides, Silverear Mushroom, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera – these are the good guys, nourishing and strengthening your skin's natural defenses.

Is Skin Cycling for You? The Verdict:

For beginners, sensitive skin types, and routine rebels, skin cycling can be a game-changer. It simplifies your routine, reduces irritation, and optimizes product benefits. However, remember, the golden rule is consistency, not intensity. You might not see maximum retinoid results, but that's okay – slow and steady wins the glow race!

Bonus Tip: Sunscreen, the ultimate SPF sleuth, is non-negotiable! Apply religiously, especially after exfoliation or retinoid use.

So, there you have it, beauty detectives! Skin cycling isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, but it's definitely worth investigating. Experiment, listen to your skin, and let the glow-up commence!




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