A week ago, I read an article by Nerisha Penrose for Elle where she spoke about giving “Skin Fasting” a try. I’ll admit, I was curious, but not curious enough to try it for myself. Apparently, skin fasting is the new in-thing for skin. And everybody seems to be giving it a go.

BUT WHAT IS SKIN FASTING ANYWAY?

This ~rather difficult~ process includes eliminating ALL your beauty products. Yes, you heard it right – skincare AND makeup – for a whole week. (Did I just hear some of you choke on your coffee? I did, too.)

Basically what skin fasting entails is pressing the reset button on your skin – so it can fend for itself when it comes to skin issues. As opposed to you providing the solution, topically.

“Our skin has an inherent ability to take care of itself, when given the chance to do so,” writes Japanese skincare brand Mirai Clinical. “The Japanese have studied the skin’s regeneration on a monthly basis and have proved that ‘skin fasting’ improves your skin’s condition and [detoxifies] skin impurities.”

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A variety of skincare products, including bottles and creams, for a common beauty regimen / Source: Getty Images

All you need to do is, wash your face with good ol’ water, and drink lots of the same. (Not icky face water, regular water.) The idea behind this trend is to let your skin ‘breathe’, and also to cut back on the dolla dolla bills you’ve been spending on all the pricey skin care.

I haven’t tried this crazy AF trend out, and I don’t think I’m going to. But I will say this. As of late, I’ve been cutting back on my skincare steps, and I’ve found that my skin has never felt better. I ditched the double cleanse only for once a day instead of my usual twice. I started using Cetaphil facewash – which 100% helped my breakouts. And instead of using my Pixi Glow Tonic 2x, I just use it at night.

There has been an ongoing love-hate relationship with the Skin fasting trend. Some writers have felt that it definitely made their skin much better, while others vowed to never go back.

But it isn’t just the process, is it? Skincare is like therapy for a lot of people out there. So if you don’t want to give up on your routines altogether, you can definitely skip a couple of steps and see how it works for you.

Either way, it is your choice. And thus, is the beauty of a trend.