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These days, our skincare routines have become more than just the regular cleanse-tone-moisturize. 

These days, our skincare routines have become more than just the regular cleanse-tone-moisturize. 

We’ve adopted 10-step Korean beauty regimes with essences, serums, and sleeping masks lining our bathroom counters. If not that, we’re simply adding more targeted treatments such as eye creams, at-home chemical peels, and sheet masks.

But does this layering of skin treatments cause more harm than good? There’s a new skincare trend that is sweeping up the internet called skin fasting. It’s been popularized by Japanese skincare brand, Mirai Clinical, which believes in skin fasting as a means to regenerate your skin.

According to the founder, Koko Hayashi, “Japanese have studied the skin’s regeneration on a monthly basis and have proved that ‘skin fasting’ will improve your skin’s condition and detoxify skin impurities.”

What is skin fasting?
 
“While intermittent fasting is the latest food and health trend, it's also caught up in the skincare industry,” says Dr Geetika Mittal Gupta, Founder & Medical Director at ISAAC Luxe, Delhi. “Skin fasting or detox essentially means refraining from the use of any skin care products for a certain period of time. This can prove useful to those of us who have elaborate skin routines or are using products that are not suiting their skin type or concern. There is no specific time frame to this: you can do this for a week or month using only a cleanser and moisturiser. Once your fast is over, you can re-introduce products slowly, seeing which suits you best…”
 
Should I try skin fasting?
 
Yes and no. There’s no hard evidence that eliminating products is beneficial to one’s skin. But if you feel there are certain products that may be causing you to break out or irritation, this is a great way to eliminate the culprit. Avoid doing skin fasting if you’re on certain skin treatments for specific concerns. So if you have medicated products, don’t stop.
 
Does SPF count?
 
Never skip sunscreen. We all know how sunscreen helps prevent skin damage by protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. Layer up on sunscreen, and remember to reapply every two hours. So by no means should you skip this product.