Using many skincare products, or the overuse of some skincare products, can damage our skin barrier. Skin naturally has a 28-day turnover cycle, so to avoid unnecessary issues, we should be led to the simple and most overlooked solution: Skin fasting, which gradually gives our skin time to adjust, heal and reset.
Skin fasting is giving your skin a break from all skincare products, which is the secret to a clear, glowing complexion.
What is Skin Fasting?
Skin fasting is the process of allowing your skin to naturally function the way it was intended to without the help of skincare products. It is also a practice of reducing or taking a break from all of your current skincare routine or products to give your skin time to breathe, heal and reset.
The concept of skin fasting is trendy, fairly straightforward and varies from person to person. Skin fasting is a way of normalizing the secretion of natural oils and supports the natural regeneration process to foster better skin health and resilience. This is also a good way of detecting products that cause redness, irritation, breakouts, or other skin problems.
Skin fasting does not mean total elimination of your skincare products; sometimes, it can be trying out one product at a time to test what works best for your skin type. It works by strengthening your skin’s protective barrier which might have deteriorated by continuous usage of skincare products, otherwise.
How Do You Skin Fast?
Skin fasting is a special process to all individuals either by slowly eliminating skincare products or trying out one product at a time.
Putting an end to all skincare products, brings about a positive skin fasting. Allowing your skin to secrete its own natural oil without toning, cleansing, moisturizing, hydrating or applying serums is the main action. Monitor your skin throughout this process.
Here is the step-by-step guide for you, If you want to give this a try.
- First, you need to wash your face thoroughly at night.
- Instead of eliminating all your skincare products at once, start by doing it once a week. Try not to apply any skincare product one night to give room for your skin to breathe, heal and reset freely.
- Natural oil will not strip off, if you ensure to wash your face with lukewarm water the next morning.
Who Should Try Skin Fasting?
Any person who feels like their skin needs a reboot and anyone experiencing trouble with their daily skincare routine. Skin fasting is especially beneficial for those experiencing unusual irritation, dryness or blemishes.
There is greater benefit for those with skin sensitivities as it gives the skin time to not have any active ingredients that can trigger inflammation. Those with dry skin benefit from a full skin fast of any length than those with acne-prone or oily skin.
Who Should Avoid Skin Fasting?
Skin fasting is not recommended for those who have skin disorders like uncontrolled acne, rosacea, eczema, melasma, or other skin disorders that require topical products to help in the healing process.
It is advisable to speak to your dermatologist about taking a break from any prescribed skincare products that you are currently using.
I’ll suggest skipping this method if one has a skincare regimen that works. Resetting that routine to cause potential imbalance is not worth it. As the saying goes—if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Benefits Of Skin Fasting
The concept of skin fasting is all about allowing your skin to breathe naturally.
- Skin fasting is a great way to reevaluate your skincare routine.
- It determines which skincare products are working for you.
- Helps in the skin’s healing process if it has started reacting negatively to any product.
- Encourages the skin to produce natural oils and support the natural regeneration process.
- Help motivate your skin’s natural maintenance system.
Skin Fasting – Dos and Don’ts
- During skin fasting, it is essential for your skin to be kept hydrated from inside-out. Drinking enough water helps you stay hydrated from inside.
- If you’re living in a dry or extreme cold region, ensure the room humidity level is appropriate.
- Do not do skin fasting more than once a week. Even though there is no fixed rule on how frequently one should be doing it.
- You are the best judge of your skin, if it doesn’t feel right after the first attempt, do not continue.
- Avoid skin fasting if you are undergoing any skin treatment or have recently undergone skin peeling.
The Last Keynote
Ultimately, skin fasting is successful on an individual basis. The method is helpful for those who want a fresh start, and listening to your skin is the safest way to proceed when trying out skin fasting.