What to know about nightly ‘skin cycling’

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe talks about the multi-night skin care routine that is taking over TikTok and consists of a rotating regimen of products depending on the night of the week.
3:47 | 01/25/23

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>>> ALL RIGHT, NOW TO OUR SERIES "FRESH FACE FORWARD" HELPING YOU WITH ALL OF YOUR BEAUTY NEEDS. THIS MORNING IT'S ABOUT SKIN CYCLING. A MULTINIGHT SKIN CARE ROUTINE TAKING OVER TIKTOK. IT IS ALL OVER THAT HELPS YOU GLOW THROUGH THE HARSH WINTER MONTHS. DR. WHITNEY BOWE IS WITH US. SHE CREATED THIS REGIMEN. SHE'S HERE NOW TO BREAK IT DOWN. CONGRATULATIONS. IT'S EVERYWHERE AND IT REALLY DOES WORK. >> IT DOES AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THE CLASSIC FOUR-NIGHT SKIN CYCLING PROGRAM HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL WORLDWIDE IS BECAUSE IT PROTECTS SOMETHING CALLED THE SKIN BARRIER. DURING THE WINTER OUR SKIN BARRIER IS ESPECIALLY PRONE TO DAMAGE THAT CAN SHOW UP AS TIGHT DRY SKIN, RED BLOTCHES, STINGING OR SENSITIVITY SO IF YOU'RE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THOSE I RECOMMEND SWITCHING. >> I WAS GOING TO SAY YOU SAY ADD A FIFTH NIGHT. >> CALLED THE GENTLE SKIN CYCLING PROGRAM AND IT'S FIVE NIGHTS. >> LET'S BREAK IT DOWN SO NIGHT ONE WE START WITH EXFOLIATION, RIGHT? >> SO EXFOLIATION NIGHT. YOU WANT TO CLEANSE. IF YOU'RE EXPERIENCING THAT TIGHT DRY SKIN I RECOMMEND A CREAMY HYDRATING CLEANSER AS OPPOSED TO A GEL CLEANSER. THE NEXT STEP IS YOU WANT TO APPLY YOUR EXFOLIATING PRODUCT SO I RECOMMEND A LEAVE ON EXFOLIATING SERUM OVER A WATERY TONER OR PAD. THOSE CAN BE DRYING AND IRRITATING ESPECIALLY DURING THE WINTER. >> WHEN I'M RED I THOUGHT YOU MEANT LIKE TAKE A WASHCLOTH AND RUB. >> A MANUAL OR PHYSICAL EXFOLIATION CAN BE ESPECIALLY ABRASIVE DURING THE WINTER. SO I RECOMMEND LOOKING FOR ACTIVE INGREDIENTS CALLED EXFOLIATING ACIDS THING GLYCOLIC ACID. SALICYLIC ACID BUT THEY SHOULD NEVER BURN. LOOK FOR A SERUM THAT CONTAINS CALMING AND SOOTHING INGREDIENTS LIKE ALOE AND POSTBIOTICS AND THEN A LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER AND DONE WITH NIGHT ONE. >> ON TO NIGHT TWO. >> IT IS RETINOID NIGHT. RETINOIDS PLUS WINTER CAN EQUAL UNHAPPY SKIN. SO YOU WANT TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU'RE APPLYING. REALLY HONESTLY IT ONLY TAKES ONE PEA SIZED AMOUNT. >> HOW CAN THAT WORK ON YOUR WHOLE FACE? >> YOU TAKE THIS AND THEN YOU DAB IT ALL OVER YOUR FACE, RUB IT IN. TAKE ANOTHER PEA FOR THE NECK, DON'T FORGET THE NECK. >> WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT IN THE BREAK. THE NECK IS NOT LOVING ME THESE DAYS. >> TWO MORE PEAS FOR THE CHEST. APPLY YOUR LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER ON TOP. >> YOU SAY LIGHTWEIGHT. I THINK AT 53 TO GO FOR THE THICK CREAMY MOISTURIZER. THAT'S NOT THE CASE HERE? >> ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE IS THEY REACH FOR A HEAVY OCCLUSIVE PRODUCT AND THEY SLATHER IT ON TOP OF THEIR RETINOID AND THAT'S A TREND CALLING SLUGGING THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD OF BUT THE PROBLEM WITH DOING THAT IS THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY UNPREDICTABLY DRIVE THE POWERFUL ACTIVE UNDERNEATH DEEPER INTO THE SKIN AND THAT CAN INCREASE YOUR RISK FOR IRRITATION. NO SLUGGING ON EXFOLIATE NIGHT OR ON RETINOID NIGHT. >> AND THAT'S JUST NIGHTS ONE AND TWO. >> NIGHTS ONE AND TWO. THE GENTLE SKIN CYCLING PROGRAM HAS A FIVE-NIGHT CYCLE. WE HAVE THREE RECOVERY NIGHTS AND EXTRA RECOVERY NIGHT FOR EXTRA SKIN BARRIER. SO IT'S EXFOLIATE, RETINOID, RECOVERY NIGHT, RECOVERY NIGHT, RECOVERY NIGHT AND CYCLE BACK SO RECOVERY NIGHT IS ALL ABOUT HYDRATION, YOU WANT TO CLEANSE THEN YOU PUT ON YOUR MOISTURIZER, LOOK FOR INGREDIENTS LIKE CERAMIDES, SQUALENE, YOU WANT ONE CLINICALLY PROVEN TO REPAIR THE SKIN BARRIER AND THEN YOU CAN SLUG ON TOP OF YOUR MOISTURIZER ON RECOVERY NIGHT. >> I LOVE WE'RE USING PETROLEUM JELLY. LET'S GO, DRUGSTORE PRODUCTS. WE'LL HAVE MORE ON OUR WEBSITE

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