You may have heard of the popular but not-so-new beauty trend; skincare microdosing with countless celebrities claiming to be fans. What exactly is it? How does it work, and why are people so obsessed with it? Microdosing consists of using certain skincare products ‘little and often’ to gain the best results, similar to how psychedelic microdosing works.

What Are The Benefits of Microdosing
Microdosing can result in:

    1. Less irritation
    2. Less congested skin
    3. A smoother, fresher appearance
    4. More youthful-looking skin

How Does it Work?
Since 2019, microdosing made its way into the beauty industry, with many turning to it to help them achieve a more youthful-looking complexion. When it comes to skincare and ingredients such as acids, retinol, and vitamin C, it can be easy to overuse certain products or overcomplicate your routine. Typically, using these products that contain the highest percentage and using them daily can often cause dryness, irritation, and uncomfortable skin – not the result you’re hoping for. This is where people have turned to microdosing.

Microdosing consists of regularly using these ingredients, but smaller doses or lower percentages to achieve better results. When trying any of these products, especially for the first time, it is suggested that you start small and begin on a lower percentage of, for example, retinol. You can then adjust to suit your skin’s individual needs as everyone’s skin is unique, meaning different products and routines work differently.

How Much Should I ‘Microdose’?
Begin with low doses of the below products and gradually build up to using them daily. This way, your skin is more likely to get used to the ingredients, rather than being overwhelmed and potentially reacting badly.

1. Retinol – 0.1 and 0.3%
2. Glycolic and Lactic Acids – 5-10%
3. Vitamin C – 10%