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Skin Cycling: Finally, a TikTok Skin-Care Trend That’s Legit

Skin Cycling: Finally, a TikTok Skin-Care Trend That's Legit

Even when all else fails, at least we still have our beloved skin-care routines at the end of the day. Sometimes, it’s the one thing…

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Even when all else fails, at least we still have our beloved skin-care routines at the end of the day. Sometimes, it’s the one thing that remains consistent in life. The skin is the largest organ of our bodies, after all, so as long as we keep it in check with ingredients that nourish and soothe the skin, we’re doing quite alright in life, if you ask me.

TikTok skin-care aficionados seem to be doing quite well, too. A new trend called "skin cycling" has the platform raving with good reviews. Whitney Bowe , MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, invented the four-day regimen and has been educating TikTok and Instagram about it since April of 2021.

Meet the experts: What is skin cycling?

Years ago, within the walls of Dr. Bowe’s dermatology practice, the skin cycling method started evolving into what now is a four-night regimen that alternates between using active ingredients and letting the skin rest. "It’s a four-night cycling schedule: exfoliation night, retinoid night, recovery night, recovery night, repeat. You will get the most out of the active ingredients in your skin-care products while minimizing irritation by building in those needed recovery nights," Dr. Bowe explains.

Dr. Bowe set out to create a strategic routine that implemented all the benefits that come from using exfoliants and retinol , all while preventing inflammation and irritation of the skin with two complimented nights dedicated to "recovery." That, and she wanted to simplify the oversaturated world of […]

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