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What Is Skin Cycling - The 4 Day Plan For Glowing Skin

In a perfect world we would all have glowing skin like J.Lo. but the truth is, we are all human and we all have flaws. For me it's always been hyper pigmentation caused by the sun, dry skin and my forehead wrinkles (caused by my crazy facial expressions). Although I've never neglected skincare, it wasn't until I hit my thirties that I became diligent with my skincare routine.

It wasn't until recently that skin cycling became a huge trend due to a TikTok video from Dr, Whitney Bowe. Even though skin cycling might be new to most, the technique is not new. I have been doing this for years without knowing I was actually " skin cycling".

What is skin cycling?

Skin cycling is basically a name for a skincare routine that helps minimize the overuse of skincare products that have potent active ingredients, preventing you from damaging your skins barrier. TikToks version of skin cycling consists of exfoliation, a retinoid and then a recovery period. Those with rosacea, acne or any other skin condition should always consult with a dermatologist before using any active and potent ingredient on their face.

TikToks Famous Skin Cycling Routine:

Morning routine (same every morning)

  1. Cleanse

  2. Serums - Niacinamide / Hyaluronic acid.

  3. Vitamin C

  4. Moisturizer

  5. Sunscreen

Night 1- Exfoliating Night

  1. Cleanse

  2. Exfoliate with a liquid leave on product vs a scrub

  3. Moisturize

Night 2- Retinoid Night

  1. Cleanse

  2. Retinoid - For sensitive skin apply a moisturizer on all sensitive areas before this step. Under eyes, around mouth area and neck to create a barrier between the products.

  3. Moisturize

Night 3 & 4 - Recovery Nights

  1. Cleanse

  2. Serums Niacinamide / Hyaluronic acid.

  3. Moisturize - Niacinamide / Hyaluronic acid.

For advanced skin cycling add in another retinoid night on day 3 with day 4 being the only recovery night. This is only if you do not experiencing any redness, irritation or burning after a month of beginning this cycle.

Recommended products to use

These are all products tested and approved by Girl Meets 40. These are the products I am currently using and am having great results with.




I recommend visiting your nearest dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeons office near you to get a prescription for Tretinoin. Tretinoin is a prescription strength retnoid. I have found that Tretinoin works best.

Vitamin C Serum:

Recovery Serum


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From dark spots and wrinkles to acne and rosacea, skin cycling can help improve most skin issues. Consult with your dermatologist to see what products you can use in your skin cycling routine. If you have no skin conditions what so ever, I say give this one a try!


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Gina Here! I am a wife and mother of two teenagers. I have a passion for naps and a love for chips and queso. I enjoy relaxing at the beach with a cold drink in hand, preferably a frozen one. My crazy obsessions include but are not limited to: crime shows,  clutch bags, flip flops, skincare & makeup. Founder of Girl Meets 40, I hope to inspire all women to look and feel beautiful from the inside out.  

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