Every beauty article you ever read will emphasize on the non-negotiable nature of skincare, products to use, how to use them, when to use them and all that. But have you ever considered, taking a break from skincare products might be the skincare routine you need?
It’s easier said than done right? We all want glowing, supple healthy skin and are willing to put in the work to get it that way. But the influx of loads of skincare products in the beauty market begs an important question, how safe are these products in the long run? They probably work now but the effects start to tell after years of consistent usage.
Here’s the truth, there’s nothing wrong with using skin care products especially ones that have been cleared as safe by the authorized bodies and not a faceless reviewer online gushing about the awesomeness of the product or a beauty influencer who probably didn’t even use the product but has been paid to appear on our timeline to praise the product. I digress, this is a conversation for another day.
There’s an actual term for this practice, it’s called skin fasting. Skin fasting is when you don’t use any products [on your face] at all for a certain period of time. Koko Hayashi, founder of Mirai Clinical Body Care says, “Japanese have studied the skin’s regeneration on a monthly basis and have proved that ‘skin fasting’ will improve your skin’s condition and detoxify skin impurities.”
Naturally, when we cover our skin in certain kinds of non-porous materials often containing comedogenic ingredients such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate,(often found in beauty and skincare products) the skin’s ability to “breathe” is inhibited.
Another angle to this is, we sometimes solely depend on skincare products to take care of our skin when there are natural, obviously more healthy ways to do that. For instance, one of the simplest ways to care for any type of skin is by eating right and staying sufficiently hydrated. Read more about this here.
You should consider occasionally indulging in a skin fast, maybe over a weekend when you have no plans to go out. Just wake up and observe your natural skin, and let it breathe. Once in a while, give your skin a break!