Skin is the largest organ in our body, so it’s not weird for it to act like other organs do. It takes time, a bit of patience, and the right routine for it to heal. Rushing it won’t help at all. This is especially true after something stressful, like a breakout. And let me tell you, the more I tried to fix it with all sorts of hacks and tricks, the worse it got. It was around that time that I stumbled upon the concept of skin cycling – something that’s a huge hit on TikTok. Let me break down what it’s all about and how it might just be the thing your skin needs. Here’s my simplified skin cycling journey:

Saturday Night – Exfoliation

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I use gentle chemical exfoliants to deal with my pores. No more harsh physical scrubs – they’re bad news. I’m all about AHA glycolic acid to smooth things out and BHA salicylic acid to keep my pores clean. 

Sunday Night – Retinol Power

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 I jumped on the retinol train – a smart move. Not the weak stuff, but the real deal. It partners up with benzoyl peroxide to fight acne. But it can leave my skin parched, so I put a gel moisturiser on top to keep things comfy.

Tuesday-Wednesday Night – Chill Time

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 These nights are all about giving my skin a break. I pamper it with hydration because healing needs moisture. I’m all about a watery essence and a rich moisturiser loaded with ceramides to strengthen my skin’s barrier. 

Thursday-Friday Night – Fade Away

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Skin cycling officially takes 4 days, but my skin’s a diva. So, I use the extra two days to fade those annoying marks left by acne. I might hit ’em with some vitamin C that helps with post-acne marks. And come Saturday, I’m back to the start!

Skin cycling hasn’t given me super long-lasting results yet, but it’s taught me a thing or two. I’m not rushing my skin anymore with all these fancy treatments. Instead, I’m taking it slow and steady, like a pro. I’m in for the long haul with this routine, just switching up the ingredients as my skin mood changes.