By Sarah Stanley
Makeup is magical. It can safeguard against those seemingly innocuous “Are you sick?” comments from coworkers, it gives you that boost of confidence, and it just helps you feel more prepared to take on the day. But if there’s anything we’ve learned from Disney movies, it’s that magic always has a hitch. Makeup has been greatly developed over the years–it is safer, cleaner and even looks more natural–but this does not change the fact that it is an assortment of chemicals interacting with your skin for extensive periods of time.
In response to these chemicals and toxins, a “skin diet” has emerged from Europe. This diet is akin to the 5:2 dietary detox in which one eats normally for five days and then fasts for two days. In the skin version of this diet, makeup is applied five days of the week and the remaining two days are spent bare-faced.
Dermatologists are divided on whether or not this fad actually works. Most of the evidence is based on their patients’ experiences. In Glamour Magazine’s article from last year, dermatologists discussed the pros and cons of this trend.
Some claimed that taking time off was beneficial for the skin. One asserted that it is beneficial to those with skin conditions like rosacea or dermatitis. Another claimed that the skin’s natural self-exfoliation coupled with the time off wearing makeup would allow the skin to rebalance its moisture. Skeptics claimed that the detox was unnecessary, saying that a night with a clean face provided ample time for the rebalancing process.
Anyone that has scoured the internet for “hacks” on health has learned that the tricks that sound too good to be true just aren’t sustainable–or, they just don’t work. The diets get boring, the workouts plateau, and the magic fades.
“It’s the boring, old-school good habits that pay off way more in the long run,” says Petra Guglielmetti of Glamour Magazine.
The primary takeaways are ones that seem obvious: Clean your face thoroughly at night, and don’t use makeup that doesn’t work for your skin. Heavy-duty creams and anti-aging products like serums can be used at night for greater absorption into the skin.
The ultimate goals is to be consistently good to your skin. So if you’re serious about improving your skin, don’t opt for a fad that might not have lasting effects. You deserve to have skin that glows without makeup, so treat it right and make your own magic.