Skin fasting was first introduced by the Japanese brand Mirai Clinical. It is a beneficial practice for those looking to nurture and protect their skin.
If your skin is feeling overwhelmed by all the new (or not-so-new) products and treatments, it’s time to take a break.
Skin fasting helps the skin heal itself by taking a few days or weeks off from using creams, serums, and other skincare products so that your skin can reset itself and restore its natural balance. This can help reduce inflammation, keep pores clear, and reset the skin's pH balance by giving your skin some much needed rest and recovery. Evading products on the skin for a period of time will help you gain valuable insight into what your skin really needs and how best to treat it over time. And with fewer ingredients on the skin’s surface, you are less likely to experience irritation or other skin concerns. Skin fasting can also be beneficial for those who have experienced long-term use of topical products that have led to an imbalance in the protective barrier of the skin.
Engaging in regular periods of skin fasting can lead to healthier more resilient skin in both the short-term and long-term. By giving your skin a break from skincare products you can give your skin barrier time to repair and rebuild itself in order to better defend against environmental stressors such as sun exposure, pollution, and wind. Skin fasting may be beneficial for all skin types though it’s important to keep track of how your skin is doing and assess accordingly. For instance, oily and acne-prone skin is advised to cleanse daily to avoid clogged pores. While you are skin fasting, try to limit sun exposure and avoid wearing any heavy makeup products. And please do not forget to keep wearing sunscreen! Everyone's skin is unique, so it's essential to listen to yours and be aware of what works best for you. Taking time out from using products during a skin fast could potentially help, though not everyone will have the same results.
Your skin needs time to adjust?