You may have heard of “the fast diet,” the diet based around the principle of intermittent fasting. Basically you eat whatever you want (within reason, of course) for five days of the week and the other two days you restrict yourself to 500 calories (600 for men). Intermittent fasting has proven long-term health benefits. But can you apply those same principles to your skin and expect real, visible results? That’s what devotees of the 5:2 skin diet are hoping for.
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It’s simple. Wear makeup as you usually would five days a week and go au naturel two days a week. The idea is that going makeup free for two days a week detoxes your skin. And detoxing from harsh chemicals and toxins in makeup works to rebalance your skin, reduce inflammation, and support the healing of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dryness. Essentially the whole basis of the 5:2 skin diet revolves around the fact that since your skin naturally exfoliates itself over time, taking a break from wearing makeup will assist in this process, and you’ll be that much closer to a buildup-free complexion. Sounds easy and reasonable enough, right?
It’s true; your skin does exfoliate itself over time, but that happens in a matter of weeks, not days. Sure, every little bit helps, but skipping makeup for two days isn’t going to speed up your cell turnover in any miraculous way. An equally good, if not better option, is to make sure the makeup you’re wearing isn’t causing the skin problems you’re hoping to detox from. Don’t use heavy formulas and don’t apply more than you need. Choosing products that work for your skin type from brands with good ingredients will make your makeup-wearing days less of a burden for your skin. But the best “detox” of all is washing your face. Keeping your face clean while you sleep, allows your skin to detox and repair itself.
Would you go makeup-free two days a week in the name of better skin?