Skin Fasting

Skinfasting: Trending Because of its Effectiveness in Making Flawless Skin?

Skinfasting is a rapidly growing trend. Just like normal food fasting, it involves removing all the rich and indulgent stuff from your skincare routine and paring it back to the basics.

What Are The Basics Of Skinfasting Skincare?

An excellent question. The ‘basics’ of skincare will vary depending on your skin type and concerns. If you want good advice, and I guess you do, which is why you are reading this. The basics are:

  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • SPF, also known as sunscreen

That really is all you need. At night you need to cleanse your skin then apply moisturizer.

The simpler these 3 products are, the better. There is some excellent news here because great simple and effective products are not expensive.

Go for a very gentle milk/balm or oil-based cleanser.

Read more about double cleansing here.

A simple but effective moisturizer to repair, protect and hydrate your skin morning and night.

Read more about moisturizers here.

In the morning, after moisturizer, you need to apply a high factor sunscreen.

Read more about sunscreen here

That is it. So simple.

Now, we know what you are thinking. ” There is no way my skin will get better by only using those skincare products! I need at least vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, and an exfoliating scrub”.

These all have their place in a skincare routine, but if your skin is stressed, dry, red, irritated or breaking out a skin fast is definitely in order.

How Long Should I Do A Skinfast For?

Here is the kicker. Your skin takes between 28 and 30 days to renew completely. So you’re going to need to skin fast for at least 4 weeks.

This will give your skin a chance to rebalance and get used to a much gentler skincare routine.

Vitamin C, Retinol and AHA’s and all the other delights we now use in our routines are wonderful if used correctly and appropriately.

If you are following trends or insta influencers and jumping around from one ‘holy grail’ (read I am getting paid to promote this to you) product to the next, your skin can get very confused and vent its frustration by breaking out or becoming irritated.

A good sign that your skincare routine has entered into the irritation zone is when products not only upset your skin, they start to ‘pill’ on your face.

What Is Pilling?

Pilling happens when you notice after applying a product, it is very easily rubbed off. It forms into gooey small balls when you rub your fingers across your skin. It also causes makeup to look textured and uneven.

If you are getting pilling, you need to reassess what you’re applying to your skin. It is not being absorbed, and you are wasting your money.

The Bottom Line With Skinfasting

Perfect skin doesn’t exist – don’t let Instagram tell you otherwise. But good skin does happen, and good skin is way more confidence-building than trying to achieve ‘perfect skin’.

Your skin is unique to you, and acne, hyperpigmentation/freckles, pores and texture are normal. They can be helped, minimized and sometimes removed.

This takes time, consistency and patients. A lot of us think that we are short on all 3 of these things. This can make you vulnerable to clever marketing and influencer promotion.

If your skincare routine involves more than 5 steps in the morning and 4 steps at night – then you might want to consider taking skin fasting.

This means taking your skincare routine right back to the basics.

Now, we know what you are thinking. ” There is no way my skin will get better by only using those skincare products! I need at least vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, and an exfoliating scrub”.

We feel you, we do, but if your using all these and your skin is not getting better rather than adding more – it might be time to do less.

Recommended Skincare Products For Skinfasting

Perfect Cleansers

DHC cleansing oil

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CeraVe Cleansers

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La Roche Posay Toleriane

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Effective Moisturizers


Any of the ceraVe moisturizers are excellent and very budget-friendly.

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La Roche Posay

Like CeraVe, which is a part of La Roache Posay, their moisturizers are also fab.

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Recommended Sunscreen

The only sunscreens I use and recommend are from La Roche Posay; there is a reason it is a dermatologist favourite because it’s amazing.

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