September 25, 2020
Intermittent fasting has been practiced for millennia by several religious groups. The idea is to stop eating for several hours or days to let the body repair and regenerate itself.
What if we practiced this with our cosmetics, for a weekend? Do not apply anything at all, letting the skin breathe and play its emunctory role.
Indeed, an excessive application of care not adapted to the type of skin, sometimes unnatural or of poor quality can be harmful for the skin. With age, it becomes less and less independent, dull and lackluster.
So, what would be the benefits of cosmetic fasting for the skin? Its implementation? Is it for everyone? Let's discuss the same in this article.
All skin types are concerned (oily, combination, dry, acneic) as well as all parts of the body, face, lips, hands….
For problem skin (very dry, scabs, psoriasis, eczema, couperose, etc.) requiring daily care, this fast is not recommended. Consult your dermatologist before doing so.
Skin cosmetics can be compared to a sugar craving. The more we eat, the more we want. This is how the more care you apply, the more your skin will need it.
Indeed, you must understand that the skin is “lazy”. The application of cosmetic treatments reinforces this tendency. Moreover, this is one of the reasons why it is preferable to use natural care rather than conventional. With precious oils from Africa, your skin is activated.
The skin is our largest organ and its role is to protect us, but also to eliminate. This is called an emunctory organ. The epidermis rejects certain body waste through its sebaceous and sweat glands.
In order to accompany her in her role, she needs rest and good oxygenation. By not putting anything on your skin, you allow it to draw in its nutrients without hindering it with cosmetics. This break allows it to repair itself and do its job properly.
The benefits are many:
It is preferable to proceed for a cocooning weekend where you stay quietly at home (you avoid the sun's rays and pollution).
A little tip: Plan a cosmetic fast the day after your treatments in a beauty salon that will have filled your skin with active ingredients.
You can start this experience in the morning or in the evening. After cleaning the skin, you will not apply anything to it for 24 to 48 hours.
After this cleansing, you WILL NOT APPLY any care (cream, serum or make-up).
In the evening or in the morning, you could spray your tonic lotion or hydrosol on the face and let it dry.
During this break, keep hands off your skin as little as possible and avoid touching your pimples or blemishes if you have any.
For dry skin, you may feel some discomfort or tightness. Your skin will find its balance on its own. Trust it.
For oily skin, your skin might glow. In this case, dab it with a handkerchief or a square of towel to absorb excess sebum.
"Let your food be your first medicine" - Hypocrate
If not, this is the perfect time to nourish yourself with vitamins and minerals (seasonal fruits and vegetables) as well as oilseeds such as walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews (my favorites), vegetable oils rich in omega 3 (hazelnut oil, flax) and fatty fish.
Also drink herbal teas, green tea and water.
Take the opportunity to do deep breathing and meditate several times during the day.
After your cosmetic fast, you can let your skin work on its own as much as possible.
At the end of the fast, clean it properly (as indicated above) then apply a dab of aloe vera gel or 2 drops of your African precious oil serum.
Fasting is a time of rest and regeneration. In all conscience, you decide to enter your bubble for a weekend. There are no miracles, just clear intentions: good food, quality natural care, love and moments of rest. As a result, your skin becomes more beautiful and naturally luminous. This experience can become a monthly fast.
Is it a new routine that you want to integrate into your lifestyle? Tell me in the comments.
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