We’ve all heard of the 5:2 diet – the healthy eating trend that has boomed in recent years to become the ultimate weight-loss technique.
Now, beauty enthusiasts are taking this successful formula (eating normally five days a week and fasting for two) and applying it to their skincare.
Whilst the thought of going without make-up for a couple of days a week may seem off-putting for some, experts believe the benefits are well worth it.
No make-up days are thought to promote skin cell turnover and regeneration. This can enhance complexion and make skin look more youthful.
It is also thought to help the skin ‘detox’ from potentially drying and irritating chemicals that can build-up and lead to breakouts.
So should you try the 5:2 skin diet? We explore for and against points to help you decide:
Regularly skipping make-up could help combat certain skin problems
Using heavy make-up and creams, or sleeping with your make-up on can cause flare-ups – especially if you have sensitive skin and are prone to conditions such as rosacea and dermatitis. Going make-up free every so often could help to ease skin irritation and allow the skin to breathe. Some experts believe it can also help to rebalance skin moisture as make-up can interfere with natural hydration.
Make-up free days can promote healthier skin
Make-up free days will allow your skin to detox from harsh chemicals and toxins that may be lurking in the beauty products you use. Everything you put on the skin is absorbed into the body, and over-use of make-up is thought to speed up the ageing process by damaging collagen and elastin. Going au-naturel for two days a week could be key to regeneration and preventing fine lines.
Keeping skin clean overnight already gives you a daily detox
Many make-up products claim to last 24-hours, but this doesn’t mean you should be wearing them for that long. Make-up can clog pores and cause skin irritation and breakouts, which is why you should take it all off at night. This lets the skin ‘breathe’ normally for at least 10 hours a day, which some experts believe is more than enough time to allow the skin to detox.
Modify your make-up routine to support skin health seven days a week
For some, the concept of the 5:2 diet is slightly off. Many believe there will be very little difference if you eat healthy for only two days then revert back to old eating habits for five. The same applies to the 5:2 skin diet. Dermatologist Fredric Bandt argues that you should focus on modifying your skincare routine for seven days a week rather than just two.
By changing the products you use on a daily basis and following a regular cleanse, tone and moisturise routine, you can maintain healthy skin on a daily basis. Bandt suggests using light foundation formulas that are suited to your skin type and to apply sparingly.