The pandemic gave rise to many beauty trends, the main one being a renewed interest in effective skincare. No longer is it about cute packaging or celebrity endorsement, if the routine gives you results, it is a good one. While some added more steps to their existing skincare routines, others decided to cut the crap and go back to the basics.
And if you have chosen the minimal side, and not adding 5 more steps to your skincare routine, the idea of skin fasting should be very tempting!
Skin fasting, the Instagram trend of saying goodbye to your skincare products and hitting reset on the state of your skin is quite popular already. And with the pandemic forcing people to rethink their routines, skin fasting has been more customised to suit different skin types and needs. Like intermittent fasting, you can ‘tweak’ the rules and make it work for you. Here’s how…
01. For dry skin
Dry skin types have a compromised moisture barrier already. So fasting the skin of nourishing ingredients while in repair mode, like hyaluronic acid or ceramides, can do more harm than good. Even in the long run, dry skin types cannot be trained to not be dry, they are built that way. If you decide to simplify your routine, exfoliators, like AHAs and BHAs, can be given a miss to train your skin to rejuvenate on its own.
BB picks: Lakme Peach Milk Soft Creme Moisturizer
02. For oily skin
Skin fasting ideas about oily skin are possibly one of most arguable, as many say oily skin can self-regulate its oil production if given the chance and space to do it. But if you plan to get rid of something from your routine, emollients can be a good pick. Replace all thick creams and serums with one lightweight moisturiser and see how it goes!
03. For sensitive skin
The concept of skin fasting is possibly the most beneficial for sensitive skin types. They can benefit from a simplified routine and can ALWAYS use a break from products. While we do not recommend ditching your usual gentle cleanser and moisturiser, you can take a break from potentially irritating products like retinol serums and glycolic acid exfoliators.
BB picks: Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser
Pro tip: If you have acne-prone skin, it’s best to stay away from skin fasting. Since most of your products are dermat-recommended, not using them can do more harm than good in the long run.
Also, regardless of skin type, NEVER fast your skin of SPF. Make sure you apply a broad-spectrum formula, like the Lakme Sun Expert Ultra Matte Gel Sunscreen SPF 50, even while indoors. Re-apply every 2-3 hours for maximum sun protection.