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What is Skincare Microdosing?

Have you ever over exfoliated or overdone it with a potent serum? Was your skin left uncomfortable and irritated? Well don’t panic as there’s a concept in the cosmeceutical world that is set to tackle all of your inflammation and redness woes: microdosing. We’re here to fill you in on microdosing and how it can help your skin adjust to some powerful ingredients…

What is Microdosing?

While you might associate this term in reference to drug therapies, this concept has already become popular in the cosmeceutical industry with treatments such as “baby botox”. This involves injecting a  tiny amount of Botox over a large area to create a more natural and less frozen look to treat signs of ageing. Now, this trend has made its way to the at-home-skincare sector, with experts and dermatologists recommending that you apply a small amount of a powerful formulation to your skin consistently to build up its tolerance and avoid having to deal with any irritation in the form of breakouts, inflammation, skin peeling or burning. One method of application is the 13 Dot Technique, devised by dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting, which involves using a fingertips worth of product and applying it in 13 tiny dots across the face daily – three on the forehead, three down the cheekbone, two on the chin and two on each side of the nose.

Which ingredients are good for Microdosing? 

An example of an ingredient that you may want to consider microdosing is Retinol or Vitamin A. This effective and potent ingredient helps to build collagen and renew the skin cells but it can cause a lot of redness, peeling and flaking if your skin hasn’t built up a tolerance to it. Other culprits that can cause skin sensitisation are AHAs and Vitamin C which are usually found in peels and highly concentrated serums that, if used incorrectly, can cause the skin barrier to become compromised. 

Who can benefit from Microdosing?

Anyone! If you want to try a new product that has a high concentration of active ingredients, then try microdosing to get your skin used to it. This will avoid any discomfort, plus it will mean you won’t have to take a break from the formulation to let your skin recover. Sensitive skin types will also benefit greatly from this concept as even some low concentrations of actives can cause irritation. By microdosing, sensitive and easily irritated skin types will be able to handle and experience the powers of ingredients like Retinol and Vitamin C. 

Which products are good for microdosing?

A great product to microdose to get your skin used to Retinol is the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3.  It contains pure encapsulated Retinol alongside Bisabolol and Boswellia Serrata Extract which calm the skin and minimise any inflammation. When used regularly, this powerful overnight treatment softens fine lines, brightens the skin tone and tackles post-blemish marks.

Glycolic Acid is another ingredient that may cause skin sensitivity and inflammation, so try microdosing with the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Solutions 10% Moisturiser. This product contains Time-Released Glycolic Acid, making it perfect for this concept as it will slowly release the ingredient into the skin to further avoid discomfort. Added Aloe Vera and Arginine soothe and comfort the complexion while the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines are dramatically improved. 

If you want to try a high concentration of Vitamin C but want to avoid any potential skin peeling or burning, then microdose Medik8’s Super C30 serum. This powerful product fights off environmental damage and free radicals while stimulating collagen production to combat signs of ageing and uneven texture. 

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