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As beauty and skincare experts, clients look to your knowledge to help them to achieve beautiful, radiant skin. The number of skincare products on the market can be overwhelming, and with so much information and choice available, it is easy for people to overcomplicate their skincare routines. Many clients simply look for a skincare routine that works toward their skin goals and tackles any skin concerns goals they may have.

Over the years, various products, techniques and trends have come and gone. Sometimes they have real credibility, and sometimes they are marketing ploys with no scientific or helpful substance to back them.

One of the latest skincare trends garnering popularity on TikTok is ‘Skin Cycling‘, which is a credible skincare approach. If you’ve never heard of skin cycling before or would like to learn how you can offer skin cycling support as part of your salon service, keep on reading as we take a look at everything there is to know about skin cycling. 

Skin Cycling: How To Recommend The TikTok Trend To Your Clients

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What is skin cycling?

Created by Dr Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist based in New York, skin cycling is a four-night cyclical skincare routine. The first two nights involve using products that contain active ingredients such as Vitamin A, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C or AHAs. This is then followed by two recovery nights using products that do not include active ingredients.

Here is an example

Your client can use an exfoliator such as an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) serum on Monday night. On Tuesday night, they will use a retinoid, followed by two nights of not using active ingredients on Wednesday and Thursday before repeating the cycle again. 

What are the benefits of skin cycling?

The idea is that by following a skin cycling routine, your clients will get the best out of their active ingredient skincare by giving the skin time to recover in between applications. The results of skin cycling can vary from person to person, but generally speaking, people can expect to see brighter, clearer, more plump skin after trialling skin cycling for two cycles / 8 days. 

Which skin types are best suited to skin cycling?

Skin cycling can benefit most skin types when the correct products are chosen with appropriate strengths and potency. Every client will have different needs and requirements regarding their skin, and you will be able to advise them on this. Skin cycling may not be suitable for all of them, such as those with highly sensitive skin that cannot tolerate retinoids. In this instance, you can work with your client to determine the best products.

Related: Tips On Helping Your Clients Build A Summer Skincare Routine with Monuskin

Is skin cycling good for acne?

Skin cycling is helpful for those with acne and blemish-prone skin. However, if your client has acne-prone skin, it is always recommended that they speak to a professional healthcare practitioner before taking on any new skincare regime or trying out new products if they are unsure. This is especially the case if they already use potent, medically prescribed treatments for their skin. 

Using your salon retail space to help clients create a skin cycling routine

As well as sharing information about skin cycling and its benefits, you can utilise your salon retail space as a place to recommend specific products for clients to use as part of their at-home skin cycling routine.

Here are some of our recommended brands…

Skin Republic

Skin Republic is an award-winning skincare range combining the latest advances in skin care with nature’s restorative properties. Scientifically formulated and dermatologically tested, the range focuses on skin care for the face, under the eyes, neck and décolletage, hands and feet.

We recommend:

Skin Republic Serum Retinoid Complex 1% + Squalane 15% 30ml

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The Skin Republic Serum Retinoid Complex 1% + Squalane 15% is a velvety serum infused with 1% retinoid complex in squalene to help reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Key Features:


+serumology is formulated to achieve the best results for your clients with sustainability in mind. Certified vegan by The Vegan Society, the range uses 100% plant-origin ingredients.

We recommend:

+serumology Retinol Overnight Serum

retinol by Serumology


The +serumology Retinol Overnight Serum is a potent anti-ageing formula that uses the power of Seaweed Kelp complex and Organic Pine Oil to boost collagen production, protecting the skin from damage for a youthful and healthy complexion.

Key Features:

  • It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and minimises pores and skin tone.
  • Deeply conditions the skin, smoothing, softening, and balancing the complexion.
  • Soothes the skin, targeting pimples, acne, and eczema.


Related: What +maskology and +serumology Products Do You Need For Your Clients’ Skin Type?


Monuskin skincare products include created only from cruelty-free sources to provide gentle and caring solutions that can clean, moisturise, nourish, firm, and protect every skin type.

We recommend:

Monuskin Micro Exfoliant 

Monuskin Micro Exfoliant



Monuskin Micro-Exfoliant cleanses the skin whilst buffing away dead skin cells for a beautiful, radiant glow.

Key Features:

  • Polishes and invigorates the skin.
  • Smooths texture and reduce fine lines and large pores.
  • Perfect for all skin types.


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