Allow the skin to rest by reducing the number of care products to a minimum. Does “Skin Fasting” Really Help? We tried it out and spoke to a dermatologist
Especially in the evening, I treat my skin to a comprehensive care program. First, I use a cleaning foam to remove coarse make-up. Then I remove make-up residues with a cleaning cloth before I apply a face serum. Finally, there is a rich night care product and sometimes even a special overnight face mask, which I leave on overnight and only remove with warm water in the morning before continuing with the serum, day cream and make-up. So far I have been of the opinion that thorough cleaning and extensive care would be good for my skin. After all, it is important to remove the environmental influences of the day and give the skin back important nutrients and moisture. What many do not know: our skin can actually take care of itself quite well. If you gave her a few days of rest in between, she would have the opportunity to use the body’s own defenses to regenerate itself. This is exactly what the “Skin Fasting” beauty trend, which originated in Japan, is all about.
Does skin fasting really make sense?
Despite an extensive care program, I have to struggle with skin blemishes every now and then. Especially when I change my care and try out new products. Since my skin is very sensitive and reacts quickly, I would like to test the beauty trend to find out whether it really needs that much outside support.
However, dermatologists are of the opinion that it is worthwhile to ban the majority of creams, lotions and serums from the bathroom, but not to completely do without care products. “Too dry skin can also cause eczema (inflammation of the skin). If the skin is not cleaned properly, impurities can form. A ‘skin diet’ is much more suitable, in which one restricts one’s skincare routine to the essentials and observes how the skin behaves. The skin doesn’t need as much as it is often advertised. Less is often more here, “explains Dr. Sarah Bechstein, dermatologist at Formel Skin.
There are ingredients that the skin needs but cannot produce itself. For example, UV protection that you should always apply in the morning (whether sun or not) to protect the skin from UV rays. Of course, it makes most sense to do without make-up completely, but since this is not always possible, it is important to remove make-up thoroughly so that the skin can breathe at night. My plan: cleaning, care and UV protection can stay, the rest will be banned for the time being.
Four weeks on the maintenance low flame
I notice a big advantage after the first day: I need a lot less time in the bathroom. Briefly wash your face, apply moisturizer and you’re done. In addition, I have a lot more space in the bathroom after I have quickly sorted out all the “unnecessary” products for my test. I try to do without make-up as often as possible, but in between I have appointments that I don’t want to go to completely without make-up. A clever interim solution: a BB cream. So a moisturizer (with UV protection) that also contains color pigments and ensures an even complexion. So I can do without a foundation, which can clog the pores. So far, I’ve thought a tinted day cream couldn’t cover all of the redness and pimples, but it actually works and feels lighter on the skin.
Beware of skin diseases
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It looks a little different with skin diseases, as dermatologist Dr. Sarah Bechstein explains. Acne patients, for example, require special care and should not do without care products entirely. Instead, it is important to use the right products, because the wrong (or no) products can make things worse for people with a skin disease. You should rely on a care product that is specially made for your own skin in the pharmacy after a personal skin analysis by the dermatologist (e.g. via Formula Skin).
I notice again: less is more. My skin is fine after four weeks of fasting, no, even better than before. I used to be able to set the clock so that the pimples would sprout at a certain time during my cycle. In the four weeks I never had pimples at any point. There were also no rashes that I get every now and then when I try a new product. What surprises me most, however, is that my skin is not dry. Although the heaters are now back on top and it’s bitterly cold outside, I don’t have any dry skin on my face. The same also applies to my hands, which I have only washed with unscented soap and lukewarm water since the beginning of the experiment.
You should keep using these products
The three most important products that should not be missed are Cleansing, UV protection and moisturizingexplains Dr. Sarah Bechstein.
“Even if no make-up is applied, the skin is exposed to various environmental influences such as dirt throughout the day, so you shouldn’t do without a cleanser. The pH value of the product should be in the acidic range of around 4.5 – 5.5 are located, otherwise the protective acid mantle of our skin can be attacked. “
2. UV protection
“Good UV protection is essential and should be used every day. Even through a blanket of clouds, 70% of UV radiation reaches our skin. Ideally, a gel or fluid that is suitable for the skin of the face is used here – Because products that are too greasy or perfumed can cause impurities. “
3. Nourishing cream
“If you do not care for sensitive, dry skin, it usually doesn’t take long before itching, redness and small inflammations appear. But oily skin also needs care. You should make sure that the care product contains no fragrances if possible.”
Which products can you do without?
“Ideally, you only use products that the skin really needs. They should complement each other in their mode of action and not overlap. So you can use the products described above and these Supplement with a mask once a week. Depending on the condition of the skin, chemical peelings can also be useful (a maximum of three times a week). It makes sense to to gradually integrate new products into the routine – This way you can feel better whether the product in question really helps the skin or even makes it worse. “