The most recent trend in skincare is one of the simplest things you can do and might be the most beneficial. It’s called skin fasting, which means ditching your daily fancy products to let your skin breathe. This skincare “routine” (or lack thereof) originated in Japan, and they know a thing or two about getting clear skin.
Put away the exfoliators, creams, and face masks. Your skin could get a whole lot better if you give it time to detox. I’ll go through the pros and cons with you so you can decide for yourself whether skin fasting is the best choice for your skin.
Pros: It Requires Literally No Effort
When skin fasting, you can just wake up and go, or pass out after a night of heavy drinking without worrying about layering on products. It also makes packing for a trip that much easier since you can ditch the ridiculously heavy beauty bag. You’ll also save money from not having to re-up on skincare.
It Gives Your Skin The Chance To Breathe
A lot of products, even ones that claim they don’t clog pores, contain comedogenic ingredients that prevent our skin from living its best life. Our skin is the largest and most precious organ, and when we overwhelm it with products meant to make our skin better, we might just be doing the opposite.
If we let our skin breathe by practicing skin fasting, we allow it to produce sebum, which prevents moisture loss, and our skin can adequately regenerate.
Skin Impurities Could Disappear
The beauty world has convinced us all that the solution to all our problems lies in little glass jars that cost a fortune, or sheet face masks we must keep re-buying forever to prevent our skin from breaking out. For acne-prone skin, this may not be the case.
Skin fasting allows your body to naturally get rid of impurities. When using products to perfect the skin, we focus too much on curing things from the inside out instead of the other way around. Skin fasting might help you realize you need to change your diet, drink more water, and take care of your skin in different ways, which will help a lot with acne.
It Could Reveal An Underlying Issue
All these skincare products are designed to make our skin look and feel its best, but skin fasting could show you the problem won’t be solved with finding the right product. Some of us have hormonal imbalances or allergies we aren’t aware of, and if we ditch the products, it allows us to understand what’s really going on with our skin.
When I tried skin fasting, I learned I have issues in my gut that were causing acne. I focused on eating more vegetables and salmon instead of red meat, and I noticed less inflamed pimples within a week. This skincare trend could reveal issues you didn’t even know you had, and lead you to address them properly without the help of particular products.
Cons: It Takes A While For Skin To Adjust
A lot of articles I’ve read on people who’ve tried skin fasting said their skin was a disaster the first few days. Red spots refused to go away, skin became dry or excessively oily, and their skin just looked tired. You definitely don’t want to hop on the skin fasting bandwagon before a big event for those reasons. This trend requires patience, which not all of us have. Give your skin a full week to get used to doing its own thing without the help of creams and potions.
You Can’t Wear Any Makeup
For some women, putting on makeup is the best part of their day. It’s a routine that lets you express your creativity, and feel prettier and more put together. If you love to spend your free time watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, skin fasting might not be the right choice for you.