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“Skin Fasting” .. a new trend in the world of skin care introduced to us by Huda Kattan

 In the world of skincare, a new trend spreads every day, and these trends are often new products, creams and serums to enhance the freshness of the skin, but the “skin fasting” trend that we will talk about in this report is completely different from all of the above.

“Skin Fasting”

What is skin fasting?

Skin fasting is simply about giving your skin a break from your daily care routine and from the products you are used to putting on your skin every day, including the makeup of course.

Skin fasting does not include dispensing with products that may harm your skin, such as foundation, blush, and others, but it also includes useful products such as daily moisturizers, according to what was reported on the Current Body website.

The basic idea of ​​skin fasting is to give your skin a break from different treatments and products, and give it enough time to repair itself, regenerate automatically, and return to its natural state...

According to Iraqi-born blogger and beauty expert Huda Kattan, the term "skin fasting" was first coined by Dr Katayama, who works for Japanese beauty brand Mirai Clinical, who said that this method has a magical effect on strengthening the skin's natural protective barrier.

Skin benefits of fasting

If you have recently suffered from skin irritations or sudden allergies, skin fasting may be the most appropriate way to get rid of these problems.

Dermatologist Doris Day explains to the Hudabeauty blog, "Skin fasting can help you identify any products that may be harmful to your skin, so you can simplify your skincare routine by removing any unnecessary or redundant items."

However, it also depends on your skin type, says Lauren Knight: "For example, if you have skin with a poor protective barrier, cutting out irritating or highly exfoliating products will help, as this will allow your skin time to restore its natural protective barrier." 

It often happens that we buy many skincare products that we have read or heard about, which may be really good, but if we use them alone and not with many other products, here comes the role of skin fasting to determine the way your skin reacts to these products and what will happen if you do without them.

How do I start applying skin fasting on my skin?

Skin fasting can be applied to your skin by following one of the following two methods:

  1. The first method: by giving up all the products that you usually use for your skin, and only cleaning the skin with water.
  2. The second method is by eliminating only unnecessary products, in other words, by simplifying your daily skincare routine. Keep only key products like sunscreen, cleanser, and moisturizer.

  • What about the duration of skin fasting? The time required varies from person to person according to the way your skin reacts to skin fasting.

Generally, it takes 28 days for the skin to renew itself, so just as it takes time to see the effect of certain products on your skin, it will also take time to see the effect of skin fasting on it.

The new skincare routine after skin fasting

If you choose the second method of applying skin fasting and do not know exactly what products you should get rid of, these tips may help you:

  • Ditch the cleansing and exfoliating products.
  • Get rid of different products that do the same thing (if you use more than one type of moisturizer, for example, just use one).
  • Stay away from active ingredients like retinoids, especially if you have sensitive skin. 

What do I do after the end of the fasting period?

According to dermatologists, you should monitor your skin while fasting, and when you feel that it has had enough time to regenerate automatically it is possible to return to using the products again, but gradually.

Is skin fasting really necessary for the skin?

According to dermatologists, this type of fasting is not a necessity for your skin, especially if your skincare routine is producing effective results.

However, skin fasting may be useful in cases where the products you are using have disturbed the natural barrier of your skin, so you do not have enough time to renew this barrier.

For example, if you have used too many active ingredients or you have overused retinol, your skin may then need skin fasting.

It should be noted that women who use medicines to treat skin diseases such as eczema, severe acne, rosacea or melasma should avoid skin fasting because these medicines are necessary and should not be dispensed with.


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