You’ve probably heard of fasting — taking a break from eating — and wondered if the benefits were worth it. Or maybe your friends have jumped on a juice cleanse, where all they consume is juice for a few days? Most experts agree that fasting has some regenerative benefits because it gives your body a break from the work of breaking down food and gives your cells time to rest. But how about trying a quick peel? Are there benefits to taking a break from your skincare routine and getting back to basics?
The idea of fast skincare has been around for a while and usually involves taking a complete break from your products for a few weeks to let your skin “reset”. During this break, you will only use water and possibly sunscreen. The idea is that your skin will find the right amount of moisture for optimal skin health.
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While this sounds nice in theory (hello free time!), in practice it presents quite a few challenges. Our skin is attacked daily by pollution, free radicals, bacteria and the sun. If you suffer from a condition such as acne, eczema, melasma or rosacea, taking a break is not recommended as controlling these conditions requires a constant routine. Water is usually insufficient to effectively remove the dirt and pollutants that our skin faces during the day. Switching to water instead of using a cleanser will give bacteria on your skin a chance to grow and spread like crazy, leading to much worse skin than before. Leaving all that dirt on your face makes it hard for your cells to rebuild as they work to protect your skin.
When it comes to humidity, our body is constantly changing. Factors like age, genetics, and lifestyle all have a huge impact on our natural moisture levels. These factors can cause you to have naturally overactive sebum production or naturally dry skin. Some people are blessed with naturally flawless skin, but if all of our bodies were able to achieve the right balance naturally, skin care products would never have been invented! Age is also a huge factor as our ability to produce collagen, cell turnover rate and antioxidant levels all change depending on what stage of life we are in. Therefore, taking a break from products that help your skin look balanced and youthful doesn’t make a ton of sense.
The best time to start skincare fast is when you’re having skin-related issues and want to know if any of your products are causing harm. It’s best to just wash your face for a few days and then slowly add the products one at a time. Be sure to give each product a few days before adding another, as this will help you see if there is a particular product that your skin is reacting badly to. Ultimately, if you’re just trying to make your life easier, you can reduce your intake, but use a high-quality face wash, moisturizer, and SPF at a minimum. Your skin does a lot to keep you healthy. Help it out by giving it the extra nutrients and moisture it needs!
Author: Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh is the founder of Arizona Facial Plastics. Arizona Facial Plastics is an award-winning aesthetic practice in Phoenix specializing in plastic surgery, cosmetic procedures, and sexual rejuvenation. Book your free consultation today by visiting www.arizonafacialplastics.com or call 480-296-0488.