It happens to me more often than I’d care to admit: I get all jazzed up about a new exfoliating serum, brightening mask, or luxurious scrub, and can’t wait to fold it into my routine. You can assume what happens next: My poor skin barrier lashes out from all those potent actives.
Of course, I’m all about being intuitive with your skin care, investigating what your skin needs on a particular day and tending to it from there. But sometimes you do need a firm schedule to keep you from going overboard — I can certainly benefit from a few parameters. Recently, board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, recently shared her four-day “skin-cycling,” regimen on TikTok, and it’s a great way to dole out your actives. Here, we break down Bowe’s go-to routine.