Skin Fasting Benefits
There are plenty of benefits of taking a break from using many or any at all face products (supported by research):
- Overuse of skincare products compromises the skin’s natural barrier, which leads to dryness, irritation, and inflammation. Taking a break from using products helps the skin to recover and restore its barrier function (source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology).
- Most skincare products contain ingredients that are controversial or potentially harmful, such as fragrances, sulfates, formaldehyde releasers. By not using these products, you reduce your skin’s exposure to these substances and the risk of developing a reaction(source: Environmental Working Group).
- Some skincare products, such as lotions, toners and masks, can be drying to the skin. By not using them, you may find that your skin is better hydrated and less prone to dryness and flakiness (source: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology).
- Some skincare products clog pores and contribute to the development of acne. By taking a break from them, you will find that your skin is clearer and less prone to breakouts (source: American Academy of Dermatology).
- The skin is home to a diverse community of microorganisms that play a role in maintaining skin health. Overuse of skincare products disrupt this delicate balance. Taking a break from products can allow the skin’s microbiome to recover and restore its natural equilibrium (source: Frontiers in Microbiology).
- Some skincare products can be irritating to the skin, particularly those that contain exfoliating agents or high concentrations of active ingredients. By not using these products, individuals can reduce the risk of developing irritation and redness (source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology).
- Overuse of skincare products lead to a buildup of dead skin cells and contribute to a dull, uneven complexion. (source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology).
- Saved time and money: Not using skincare products can save individuals time and money spent on purchasing and applying these products. It can also simplify their skincare routine and allow them to focus on other areas of self-care (source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology).
- The production and disposal of skincare products can have negative environmental impacts. By reducing or eliminating their use of these products, individuals can decrease their carbon footprint (source: Journal of Cleaner Production).
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