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Skin Fasting: The Regimen that Recuperates your Skin

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Do you ever feel like your skin needs a time-out? A time to detox and get away from the roaster of holy grail skincare rituals you deem indispensable? If you think this way, you're not being weird. Your skin sometimes does need a break to rejuvenate and normalize. Skin fasting does the trick.

This trend entails making a significant tweak in your skincare routine to help detoxify your skin and seamlessly restore its natural radiance.

To get a lowdown into what this skincare regimen entails, let's look at what Skin Fasting is and the cascade of benefits it can bring to your skin.

What is Skin Fasting?

A skin fast is what it sounds like, abstaining from your numerous skincare products to give your skin a breather and allow it to return to its natural homeostasis. Skin fasting involves taking a break from all your skincare products or minimizing the usage of these products to help you rejuvenate, rest, and reset the skin.

This practice allows your skin to function and sustain itself naturally without using skincare products as it was innately designed. In other words, the skin can take care of itself. For instance, the skin naturally exfoliates or sheds dead skin cells every 28 days; it also self-hydrates through oil or sebum production. Using skin care products like moisturizers or exfoliators is another way of letting our skin know we don't need its help.

The skin Fasting regimen may sound simple, but this process involves specific methodologies to ensure good results.

How Do You Skin Fast?

Skin Fasting is not a one-size-fits-all process. The dynamic of this practice is dependent on the individual. Some users would prefer entirely ditching their skincare products. Complete skincare kit elimination involves staying off cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and SPF products while letting your skin regulate and protect itself.

Contrary to going cold turkey on your essentials, you could also streamline this practice, whereby users phase out one product at a time to determine which skincare regimen works best for their skin. Common products users incorporate at this pace are skincare basics like cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen.

Ultimately, while skin fasting, you must ensure you desist from activities that would facilitate the accumulation of dirt, oil, Sweat, dead skin, and pollution. These things are not water-soluble and can't be eliminated with water or cleaners alone.

Benefits of Skin Fasting

Skin fasting can bring users a sundry of benefits.

  • Skin fasting rejuvenates your skin and restores its self-regulatory and regeneration quality.

  • This practice tames the skin and reduces its dependence on synthetic skincare products.

  • It serves as a litmus paper that gives a keen insight into your skin type, its actual requirements, and steps to tackle skin issues.

  • It promotes the even distribution of natural body oils, which keeps your skin nourished, moisturized, and healthy.

  • It enables you to re-examine your skincare routine in response to any skin changes or your skin's reaction to the product.

  • Dialing down your skincare regimen helps you identify skincare products that are redundant or contradict each other's functions.

Side Effects of Skin Fasting

The idea of skin fasting has raised several debates on what is ideal for users and what is not. Most experts believe there isn't any need to hit snooze on a well-planned and effective skincare regimen. Conversely, other experts believe skin fasting is necessary and has no side effects.

Several reports have shown this detox practice is not advisable for people with dry skin as they may be vulnerable to parches and tightness, even on the very first day. On the other hand, oily skin secretes more sebum than usual, helping nourish the skin and keeping it hydrated. Still, excess release of sebum can breed bacteria, which no doubt leads to breakouts, thereby revealing things like pimples, blemishes, and blackheads.

Ultimately, paying close attention to your skin during this regimen is imperative as that would be a guiding light to help you avoid skin blemishes.


This vital process is essential, especially after excessive, misdirected, and wrongful use of skincare products. For instance, exfoliants can increase sensitivity or generally disrupt the skin's microbiome when used excessively. In that case, skin fasting helps restore the immunogenic nature of the skin.

Suppose you want to give your skin a mini vacay or a total reboot. I recommend skin fasting, but I would also suggest not getting rid of SPF and taking away one product at a time to observe how your skin reacts.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Skin Fasting is a good idea for restoring your skin's potential?

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