You may have heard of the 5:2 diet where you eat normally for 5 days per week and then restrict yourself or detox for 2. This trend of fasting or detoxing for 2 days per week has also made some headlines in the beauty industry as people are using the same method to help their skin.
The 5:2 Skin Care Diet is when you take two days off per week from wearing makeup to let your skin breathe. This originated in the UK and I love this idea but not for the same reasons as everyone. I also do it a little differently, which I will explain in this post. The 5:2 Skin Care Diet is based on the idea that giving your skin a break from makeup will help with skin regeneration, as well as combat the signs of aging. There isn't a ton of science to back this theory up, however it has some valid points. In this article from Cosmopolitan UK Dr. Noor Almaani states: "Makeup can often clog the oil glands and can impact your pores, making them appear larger. Taking regular breaks from wearing makeup could be a wise decision, as it will enable your skin to recover and it could reduce the level of irritation caused by wearing makeup over long periods of time." In this Daily Mail article skin specialist Dr. Esho breaks down why makeup can be damaging to skin: "parabens from make-up accumulate throughout the day within the pores and the outermost layers of the skin. This accumulation can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin".
Some people have a problem with the statement above because there are safe/natural alternatives to makeup. I totally agree with this. I use some great natural brands such as W3LL People, ILIA Beauty, and RMS. However, using natural makeup is still not as mainstream as I hope it will be one day. Other people have problems with the 5:2 Diet because they love makeup. I get this as well. Makeup can be so much fun. If makeup is something you love and do it for fun then rock on sister friend.
I however, love the idea of 5:2 Diet. I don't wear a ton of makeup, as I am not super good at it, and I don't have a passion for it. I started wearing less and less makeup when I launched Lou La Belle. I wanted my product to speak for itself so I wore no makeup in preparation for our first photo-shoot and it felt great. I actually gained more confidence. For me, putting on makeup in the morning wasn't fun. It felt like I was covering something up, having to change my looks to be good looking. Always having to improve. Now, when I apply makeup it is for fun, it's enjoyable. In the mornings, I don't feel like I need to improve myself in order to leave the house (that being said, I don't leave the house everyday looking wild and unkempt as I am pretty sure no one would take me seriously. I do get dressed for work, and brush my hair...most of the time, before leaving the house) instead I now just wash my face, apply some Glow and I am out the door.
I am not saying this is what you should do, as you aren't me and I am not you. I do what makes me feel good, and you should find that balance for yourself. I definitely think taking a break from makeup is good for your soul as well as your skin. If you just love makeup way to much to give it up for even one day, then please make sure you thoroughly cleanse your skin daily. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Do you. Just do you in a healthy way!