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Skincare Sandwiching, Cycling, and Purging: The Biggest Skincare Terms Explained

The world of skincare can be so overwhelming, especially if you’re new to it. That’s why we try to make our articles as simple and beginner friendly as possible. However, with all of the trending skincare terms that are popping up every day, you might still feel a bit confused. That’s why we decided to make a short breakdown of some of the most popular skincare terms that you’ll come across.

Skincare Sandwiching

Skincare sandwiching is a trendy beauty technique in which you stack your skincare products in a certain order to improve their effectiveness. The aim is to sandwich your most effective active ingredients between lighter hydration layers like toners and serums. You can be sure that your skin is getting the most out of each product by doing so. Begin by cleansing your face and using a toner. Next, apply your most potent active ingredient, such as retinol serum or vitamin C serum. To lock in the active ingredients, apply a moisturizing serum or a lightweight moisturizer afterward. This technique can help to lessen the risk of irritation and sensitivity associated with the use of powerful active substances alone.


Cycling is a skincare practice that includes rotating various products in your routine. The goal is to keep your skin from becoming used to a single product and plateauing in terms of results. By alternating between different products each day, your skin is less likely to get irritated and you’ll get better results over time. This routine is most popular when it comes to the use of vitamin A derivatives. In short, you’ll use a retinol serum on night one, and focus on hydrating and repairing your skin on nights 2 and 3. Once the cycle is over, you repeat it.


Purging is a phrase used to describe the initial breakout that might occur when you begin using a new skincare product, especially one that contains active chemicals like retinoids or AHAs. This is because these compounds could accelerate the skin’s natural exfoliation process, causing existing acne to appear more quickly. While purging can be aggravating, it is an indication that the treatment works and your skin is responding to the new ingredients. The trick is to be patient and let your skin go through its purging period, which usually lasts a few weeks. However, if you face extreme irritation or breakouts, it might be an indication that the product is not right for your skin type.

Double Cleansing

Double cleansing is a skincare method that includes removing makeup, sebum, and sunscreen from your skin with two different cleansers. The first cleanser is usually an oil-based cleanser that aids in the removal of makeup and sunscreen. The second cleanser tends to be a water-based cleanser that aids in the removal of any remaining debris from your skin. Double cleaning is a great way to ensure that your skin is fully cleaned and prepared for the rest of your beauty routine. It is especially good for individuals who wear a lot of makeup or spend a lot of time outside. But make sure you only do it in your nighttime routine.


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