The ultimate guide to skincare microdosing

Less is more

Written by Liv Grady

July 8, 2021

In the age of skinfluencers and beauty creators, keeping up with the latest trends can seem almost impossible. It seems as though every week, the internet is telling us to switch up our routine, ditch certain products and invest in others. The latest trend that is sweeping the beauty community is skin microdosing, and it is actually one that you might wanna stick around for.

Unlike many fad products and short-term skincare obsessions, microdosing is something that has proved to be beneficial for most skin types, by hundreds of qualified dermatologists. It doesn’t focus as much on expensive products, but instead concentrates on the way you apply your skincare in order to get the best results.

So, what is skincare microdosing?

Skincare microdosing is basically dialling back your use of products. If you religiously stick to an expensive, well-formulated skincare regime, yet you still struggle with patchy-ness, redness or dryness, it could be down to overuse.

Much like washing your hair too often, you skin can come reliant on these products, leading to a breakdown in the natural oils that your skin should produce. From retinol, to exfoliating acids and vitamin C, all these skincare ‘heroes’ can be doing more damage than good.

It’s a proven point that skincare products are created and formulated to work WITH our skin, rather than against it, but reaching for the highest percentages and the strongest doses of these serums every day can actually cause irritation.

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So how do we solve the issue? Talking to Refinery29, dermatologist and skincare brand owner Abi Cleeve said to think of skincare like pick ‘n’ mix. She said “In skincare, there is no ‘one size fits all’ but the less is more approach is certainly what I would recommend.” She went on to say “If you are using retinol for the first time, I would recommend between 0.1 and 0.3%. No higher than that. Even at a low dosage, retinol has great skin benefits.”

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