Skincare diets: Skin fasting for healthy, glowing skin
The latest diet trend doesn’t involve cutting back on calories but instead cutting back on skincare. It dispels the hallmark 10-step Korean beauty skincare routine in favour of a streamlined regimen comprising just two or three steps.
RELATED: The right order to apply skincare
What is a “skincare diet”?
Also referred to as “skin fasting”, a skincare diet is all about stripping back your skincare routine to the basics in order to decrease irritation and nurture your skin barrier. The routine is minimal and goes against the grain of any devoted beauty aficionado: just cleanser, moisturiser and SPF – with all products free of any harsh active ingredients.
What are your thoughts on the “skincare diet” trend?
Romy: It’s funny, this to me is not a trend at all and just simply how I work. I have so many clients who come to me and are aghast when I tell them they only need 2 products, especially when they’re used to using 7 or 8. An impaired skin doesn’t need a whole lot of sh*t thrown at it – this can often cause more damage – but it needs the approach of ‘less is best’. If your skin is impaired often starting with just an oil and a soft cleanser (again an oil might be best for you, or something that mimics the skin’s bilayers), to act as a shield until your skin can repair itself. Then slowly adding in your next steps, based on what your skin NEEDS, not what the TV tells you to use, is recommended.
Lucy: The theory behind skin fasting actually makes a lot of sense. Movements like K-beauty essentially complicate our skincare routines when our skin really doesn’t need that much. At Biologi we promote eating a simple, wholesome diet that best serves your body, and it’s the same for your skin. The main benefits are reducing the amount of toxins your skin is exposed to (which can often be the cause of inflammation and other skin concerns) and allowing your skin’s pH levels to balance out, revealing your natural glow.
View this post on Instagram
Clever marketing campaigns have convinced consumers that their product shelves need to be bursting at the seams to be effective. Not so. Swap anti-ageing creams, night cream, day cream, eye cream, face masks, and extra hydration products for a Biologi serum of choice. All of our serums can be used anywhere on the body to target all skin concerns ✨ #biologiserum
A post shared by Radically Rethinking Skin (@biologiserum) on
Do you think skin sensitivity issues are increasing?
Romy: Absolutely 100%! Skin sensitivity issues are increasing, in my opinion, because of multiple things, with miseducation being the main thing. To name a few, the barrage of daily exfoliating products that people are told they should use to treat everything from acne, to pigmentation, to dry skin. What these do is strip the skin of its natural oils, resulting in what we call ‘barrier impairment’. An impaired barrier is one that is dehydrated, lacking in natural oils, and thus doesn’t act as the strong protective shield from the outside world the skin is designed to be. Barrier impairment also results from advertising telling us that any acne should be treated by stripping oil from the skin. Teenage acne is often the result of an increase in oils and sebum in the skin, but adult acne is usually a whole different ball game, which is still being ‘treated’ in the same way, but actually the skin needs nourishment in the form of essential fatty acids and rebuilding that barrier, to allow the skin to come back into balance. Stress (lifestyle and ‘skin stress’) also causes inflammation in the body, which results in inflammation in the skin. Another huge cause of inflammation in the skin is people’s choice to use cheaply made skin products. These are often filled with ingredients that again strip the skin’s natural barrier such as perfumes, preservatives, and even emulsifiers.
View this post on Instagram
What does ‘healthy skin’ mean to you? To us at @thebeautyelixir, healthy skin does not happen only at a topical/superficial level. Your skin starts it’s journey to what we see on the surface from inside your body. From single cells, which feed, breath, respirate, and move through a life cycle to become the skin that you can see and feel on the surface. Many factors are required to produce healthy, glowing outer skin cells, including the correct nutrition, adequate clean drinking water, a healthy mindset, lowered stress plus skincare that doesn’t abuse the surface skin cells. This whooooole combination is what you can expect to start working on when you choose @thebeautyelixir as your skin health coaches. Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and well-being to ultimately produce ‘healthy skin’ that glows from the inside-out✨ so tell us now, what does healthy skin mean to you?💆🏼♀️💖💫 #thebeautyelixir #healthyskinfromwithin #holisticskinhealth #healthyskinauckland
A post shared by Holistic Skin + Clean Beauty (@thebeautyelixir) on
Lucy: Yes - too many synthetic products or an overly complicated routine strip skin of its natural oils, which are needed for a balanced pH. Synthetic ingredients mean you’re coating the skin in chemicals, which skin cells actually retain. When you’re applying several layers of different products you are essentially allowing your skin to absorb so many different toxins, which overtime increase skin sensitivity. It can cause issues down the track like rosacea, eczema or dermatitis. Then there’s the fact that many people layer products without really understanding what each ingredient can do. Layering different ingredients can effectively cancel out the benefits or in worse case scenarios - cause harsh reactions.
The skincare diet routine:
What do you think about the "skincare diet" trend?