What is skin fasting and is it really as life-changing as promised?

The fasting of the skin... You've probably gotten tired of hearing people talk about it, and now you want to know the results of this new trend in skincare. Here we tell you everything you need to know.

Many people wonder what skin fasting is, who it is for, and if it really works. Here we tell you the results that are in many cases excellent and the recommendations to be taken into account, based on what the skincare specialists say about it.

What is skin fasting?

What is skin fasting?

Technically, this technique helps your skin "detox" by avoiding all skincare products you might think of. It was popularized by a holistic Japanese beauty company called Mirai Clinical.

How does it work?

Your skin produces a natural substance called sebum that helps prevent moisture loss. By "fasting", you let your skin breathe, which will eventually lead to your skin naturally neutralizing and your sebum naturally moisturizing.

Is it for everyone?

Is it for everyone?

As promising as skin fasting might sound, not many dermatologists recommend it. Dr. Ajanli Mahto, a consultant dermatologist at The Cadogan Clinic, says: “It’s not a good idea to cut out all products, even if you are a supporter of skin fasting. Cleansing is an important part of one’s skincare routine and removing sweat, dirt, bacteria, grime, and pollution from the skin’s surface is useful for personal hygiene as well as prevention of premature skin aging.”

There are many approaches to skin fasting, from an all-out to a smooth transition. While cutting back on some of the products you use might be a good idea, fasting from all of them might cause an unwanted effect, especially if it is a strong ingredient.

What is skin fasting and is it really as life-changing as promised?

Kate Kerr, facialist, says about active products: “If you’re using something like retinol, you don’t want to stop, because if you do, you’re going to have to go through that acclimatizing, peeling process when you restart. Our skin needs to have repetitive exposure to active ingredients in order to stimulate it, so fasting would inhibit this.”

Bottom line

If you want to reduce the number of products you use, you can absolutely go ahead. But the one thing you should never ever quit is sunscreen!

Tina Reese

Tina is an award-winning columnist and beauty editor. Passionate about all aspects of makeup and skincare, she spends her days trying out new launches and researching the ever-changing world of beauty trends. Follow Tina’s articles and you’ll always stay updated on who’s who and what’s what of the beauty industry.+ info

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