Some people go through a 20-step skincare routine. It does make me sometimes worry: Am I going overboard with my best beauty items? Recently, I came to know about skin fasting.
Skin fasting has been more popular in recent years. You may not have heard of this before, however. That’s why I came up with this blog post. Continue reading to find out what you need to know.
What Is Skin Fasting?
“Skin fasting” is defined as “taking a vacation from all of your existing skincare products or regimen to allow your skin to breathe, relax, and reset.” In theory, it enables your skin to work naturally the way it was meant to without the need for skincare products.
While the principle is simple, the implementation varies from one individual to the next. Like food-related fasting, there are multiple degrees of how much and for how long you remove. The premise is that by allowing your skin’s protective stratum corneum layer to regrow, you may promote more excellent skin health and resilience. It’s also a great approach to find out whether a product is causing irritation, acne, or other skin issues.
How Do You Perform Skin Fasting?
Each person’s skin fasting is different. Some people gradually cut down on things, while others go cold turkey. You stop using all of your skincare products entirely for a total skin fast. There will be no cleaning, toning, or use of serums or moisturizers. The main idea is to let your skin’s natural sebum [oil] perform all the balancing and guarding.
However, I suggest keeping to the fundamentals like cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen and completely removing any other products.
Who Should Do Skin Fasting?
Skin fasting may help those with skin sensitivity. It allows the skin to be free of any active chemicals that might cause irritation. Especially, people with dry skin gain more from skin fasting, while those with oily or acne-prone skin would not benefit from a complete skin fast of any duration.
Anyone having difficulties with their regular skincare regimen might benefit from a milder version of skin fasting, which involves removing one product at a time until the irritant is found. Anyone may attempt skin fasting, particularly those who believe their skin needs a reset. Those who have more blemishes, dryness, or irritation than average will benefit from it.
Who Shouldn’t Do Skin Fasting?
I do not suggest skin fasting for those who have eczema, uncontrolled acne, rosacea, melasma, or other skin conditions that need topical treatment. I’m not a fan of going cold turkey on all skincare products at once, particularly if you have a skin condition requiring active ingredients.
Speak to your dermatologist or physician about taking a break from any prescription drugs you are presently using, as some should not be discontinued. Also, those who already have good skin should avoid this procedure as well. If it isn’t broken, don’t repair it, as the adage goes.
Skin fasting is ultimately effective on a case-by-case basis. When it comes to skin fasting, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, so listening to your skin in real-time is the safest way to go.