Should you try skin fasting?

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After the long 10 step Korean skincare routine for glass skin, the new skincare trend that is being talked about, is skin fasting. Well, skin fasting literally means not feeding your skin with any product. The term and practise was popularised by Mirai Clinical, a skincare company which is all about unique beauty secrets from Japan. According to Japanese the brand, the methodology draws inspiration from Hippocrates’s belief that traditional fasting can be used as a healing mechanism.

“Your skin needs to breathe and when covered in certain kinds of non-porous materials often containing comedogenic ingredients, the skin’s ability to breathe is interrupted, therefore resulting in cloggedpores which later turns into other skin issues,” says Dermatologist Chandrima Malik.

Skin fasting is a process which allows your skin to breathe as well as the natural oil that is produced on its own, helps in retaining the moisture of your skin. And that’s exactly what skin fasting is all about, you need to just let your skin work naturally. Koko Hayashi, founder of Mirai Clinical Body Care said in an interview, “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.”

While experts claim that there are many positive impacts of this practice on the skin, but few say that it might not work for all because every skin is different. “If your skin is used to certain products and it is doing well, then do not opt for skin fasting. It will not help your skin instead make it worse,” says Skin specialist, Sudipa Kar. Elaborating about the basic products that one must not give up on while on skin fasting are cleanser and sunscreen. “You cannot eliminate these, if you do, you are letting the dirt settle down in your skin and with sun damage it will make it worse. Skin fasting in a nutshell means cutting down on the multiple products and sticking to basics only,” says Sudipa.

Chandrima suggests people who have acne should completely avoid this process. “Skin fasting is a particularly bad idea for acne-prone skin, as a break from your anti-acne product could result in breakouts. A consistent anti-acne routine is imperative for keeping breakouts at bay,”

There is a lot of conversations about this particular trend right now, but there is no evidence that this practice is beneficial for your skin. “Skin is the largest organ of the body and because of sun exposure and pollution damage, the skin can’t make the substances it needs to be healthy, hydrated, protected to prevent further destruction. If you happen to starve your skin, it will only be more vulnerable to environmental damage. Not just that, it will also be unable to repair the damage that has already taken place,” says Chandrima.

But if you are dealing with skin issues like allergic reactions or your skin is irritated because of the usage of a different or new product, then experts say that this practice can help. “If you’re using a new product and experiencing a negative reaction, you need to eliminate the product or products that you suspect might be the causing a problem. This process of elimination is necessary to determine what’s causing the problem, and then you can adjust your routine accordingly. Another way skin fasting is beneficial is if you’re using the wrong products. If you’re unknowingly using harsh ingredients you need to stop using it. If you fast from products that aren’t good for your skin, you’ll see a visible change. The key is to then find the right combination of products that can help your skin,” says Chandrima

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