Does the thought of a 10-step skincare routine stress you out? You’re not alone if you’re feeling overwhelmed and confused when it comes to skincare. It seems new brands are launching every week and new products are entering the market so regularly that it puts pressure on those who take skincare seriously to keep up with on-trend brands, products and routines. Stress no more, we have good news! This year is all about going back to basics and simplifying your skincare routine. Read on to see how Skin Cycling could be your skin’s (and your bank account’s) new best friend.
So what is Skin Cycling?
Put simply, Skin Cycling is an intentional skincare routine to get more out of your products, reduce unnecessary waste and give your skin a break. Skincare treatments are planned strategically over a 3-4 night period based on your skin type and concerns to help with defence and repair while you sleep.
Taking on a skin cycling routine allows you to keep your daily ritual simple, saving you time and money, and allows your skin “treatment” products to go further. Products such as masks, exfoliants, retinol and Vitamin A serums are all important for our skin, but overuse can cause irritation and unnecessary damage to our skin’s barrier. These are the treatment products that can be used as part of your Skin Cycling Routine.
When implementing a Skin Cycling Routine, the good news is that most of us already have these products on hand. Using what you have will save you money, minimise waste and using less frequently will give your skin a break by stretching out time in between treatments.
How to implement a skin cycling routine
Night 1: Exfoliation
Exfoliation is the perfect way to begin your Skin Cycling Ritual. It helps clear old, dry skin, preparing it to get the most out of your skincare. Using a chemical, non-abrasive exfoliant that contains AHA’s will provide a gentle but effective exfoliation. Our AHA face exfoliant is the ideal 2 in one exfoliant as it contains AHA's to break down dead skin and fine bamboo particles to gently remove dead cells, leaving your skin clear and ready to soak up the goodness on night 2.
Night 2: Skin Boost
Night 2 is the perfect time to boost your freshly exfoliated skin with bioactive ingredients to target your skin concerns. We recommend a natural Vitamin A/Retinol alternative as everyone can benefit from its age defence and acne fighting properties. Our Bakuchiol booster is a gentle alternative to harsh retinol products and will promote collagen production, cellular turnover and assist with fighting acne, wrinkles and skin dullness.
Night 3 & 4: Treatment, Love and Care
Now that you’ve done the hard work it’s time to show your skin some TLC with products that repair and protect. Soothing masks, nourishing creams and oils will help to replenish the skin while you sleep.
Our top 3 picks for some TLC on night 3 and 4 include:
This deeply hydrating sleep mask was specifically formulated to support your skin’s natural ability to repair and rejuvenate overnight. With hydrating powerhouses Hyaluronic Acid and Bisabol, you’ll get an instant hit of hydration to heal and improve the appearance of dull and dry skin.
Our advanced night cream will recharge, repair and hydrate the skin while you sleep. You’ll wake up with a calm, smooth and plump complexion!
Our potent vitamin A oil will not only repair and strengthen, it also delivers serious age defence! It contains 2% Bakuchiol (our favourite plant-derived Retinol alternative) along with other skin loving oils such as Raspberry, Baobab and Sea Buckthorn to help repair and strengthen your skin.
Now that you’re on top of your new Skin Cycling routine, it’s time to simplify your daily routine. If you’re a skincare minimalist, you’ll be happy to hear there’s only a few daily essentials you’ll need for healthy skin. Below are our minimalist recommendations based on skin type.
AM Routine - Dry/Sensitive Skin
Cleanse - Hydra Calm Cream Cleanser
Cleanses the skin whilst replenishing your complexion, reducing redness and calms irritation.
Serum - Hyaluronic Hydra-Max Serum
Heals & calms irritated skin by providing a hydrating shield to lock in moisture.
Moisturiser - Hyaluronic Moisture Cream
Moisture locks your skin to maintain hydration and moisture levels. Soothes the skin to promote a healthy, radiant complexion.
PM Routine - Dry/Sensitive Skin
Cleanse 1 - Marula Oil Cleanser
Contains a blend of natural oils to cleanse gently and effectively dissolve makeup and impurities. Nourishes as it cleanses, restoring a healthy moisture balance.
Cleanse 2 - Hydra Calm Cream Cleanser
Gently cleanse your skin and remove impurities without irritation. Deeply hydrates and conditions as it cleans to reveal a bright, calm and healthy skin surface.
Nourish, repair and hydrate the skin whilst strengthening your skin’s barrier. A nightly product essential for dry skin.
Eyes - Intensive Repair Eye Balm
Deeply moisturise and visibly strengthen the delicate eye area for a bright, radiant eye area. Great for those with sensitive, dry skin around the eyes.
AM Routine - Oily/Acne Prone Skin
Cleanse - Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser
Balance oily skin without stripping its natural oils. Improve skin texture whilst reducing redness and inflammation. Assists with prevention of breakouts and minimising pores.
Tone - Probiotic Toner
Refresh your skin after cleansing and balance your skin’s microbiome, PH and sebum secretions.
Serum - Daily Vitamin C Serum
Target discolouration and brighten skin’s appearance for an evenly-toned, glowing complexion.
Moisturise - Skin Balancing Fluid
Mattifies and balances oily skin, smooths uneven texture and provides age defence.
PM Routine - Oily/Acne Prone Skin
Double Cleanse - Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser
Removes makeup and impurities whilst balancing and brightening the complexion.
Eyes - Anti Dark Circle Eye Gel
De-puff and brighten the delicate eye area with this lightweight, cooling eye gel. Hydrates, brightens and reduces dark circles.
Oil - Vitamin A Repair Oil
This gentle retinol alternative will assist with increasing collagen production and cellular turnover to deliver a smoother, youthful complexion.
AM Routine - Ageing Skin
Cleanse - Hydra Calm Cleansing Cream
Gently cleanse whilst nurturing and hydrating your complexion. Encourages age-defence to reveal bright and clear skin.
Tone - Rose Hydrating Mist
Hydrate and glow with our Rose Hydrating Mist Spray. This refreshing mist will deliver a hit of superfood actives to your skin to refine, hydrate and re-balance your complexion.
Serum - Commiphora Plumping Serum
Boost collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with this lightweight, skin plumping essential.
Moisturiser - Wrinkle Smoothing Cream
This highly concentrated moisturiser is packed with superfoods to revitalise dull skin. Say hello to improved elasticity, firmness and smoother skin.
PM Routine - Ageing Skin
Cleanse - Marula Oil Cleanser
Remove SPF, makeup and impurities effortlessly with this nourishing oil cleanser. Hydrate and nurture the skin as you cleanse.
Booster - Omega 3 Advanced Night Cream
Recharge, repair and hydrate your skin. This booster delivers a serious hit of age-defying bio-actives that your skin will soak up while you sleep. Wake up with plump, calm and hydrated skin.
Oil - Vitamin A Repair Oil
This advanced, natural retinol alternative will increase collagen production to encourage firmer looking skin without the irritation. Repairs, protects and delivers a youthful glow.
Eyes - Firming Eye Lotion
Containing 7 potent bio-actives, this lush cream will transform the delicate eye area to smooth fine lines and wrinkles while you get your beauty sleep.