The Pros and Cons of the Newest Beauty Trend: Skin Fasting

What Is Skin Fasting?

Skin fasting is the act of avoiding all skincare products people use daily as a way to strengthen the skin’s natural protective barrier. In other words, it’s about skipping your entire skincare routine, including peel-off mask, serum, lotions, exfoliants, etc. and allow the skin to normalize the secretion of natural oils and rejuvenate on its own. Here are a few pros and cons of skin fasting.


1) Helps Determine the Right Skincare Regimen

If your skincare routine includes a combination of products, and you’re not sure what has been causing adverse reactions like irritation or pimples on your face, skin fasting can help you. Skin fasting can help you determine which products are harmful to your skin and allow you to rethink about your beauty regimen. If the reactions stop after a few days of skin-fasting, then you might have found the culprit!

2) Prevents Unnecessary/Overuse of Products

You could be masking an underlying issue through the use of specific products. Excessive use of beauty and skincare products can also weaken or suppress your skin’s ability to renew skill cells. Poor skin conditions can, in turn, result in dark spots, wrinkles, premature aging, and so on. Skin fasting can be used as a healing mechanism, allowing you to step back from the use of multiple products and give your skin enough time to breathe and function naturally. During the process, you might realize that you don’t actually need the number of products you usually use. For instance, you may notice that a lot of moisturizer is unnecessary as the skin naturally secretes oil to stay hydrated.


1) May Worsen Skin Condition

Skin fasting may not be appropriate for everyone. Just like the body, the skin as well needs daily nutrients to recover and function properly, especially for those suffering from skin conditions like acne or eczema. For instance, acne sufferers may further aggravate their skin if they skip their nighttime skincare routine. On the other hand, people with dry skin may notice more dryness and breakouts while taking a break from their usual skincare routine. Even worse, skin fasting means that sunscreen application needs to be stopped. This signifies that the skin will be more susceptible to sunburn since there’s no kind of protection.

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