What’s this skin fasting trend that’s popping up again?

Today, we're talking about skin care trends, products, tips, and more.
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Now, onto the good stuff. It's finally Wednesday, which means we've made it halfway through the week. Today, we're talking about all things skin care, including:
the skin fasting trend that's resurfacing
a hydro boost gel-cream for extra dry skin
your ultimate guide to acne questions
a poll on how you care for your skin
other health stories you need
Be well,
Morgan Mandriota
Newsletter Editor, Healthline
  Written by Morgan Mandriota
August 24, 2022 • 5 min read
Skin Fasting Trend
what's got us buzzing
What's this skin fasting trend that's popping up again?
Back in 2019, the skin fasting trend made its debut on the internet. And much like low-rise jeans, chunky highlights, and thin eyebrows, it's officially making a comeback on TikTok in 2022. So what is skin fasting? And what are the potential perks?

Skin fasting means minimizing or taking a break from using skin care products like cleansers and exfoliators to hard reset and let your skin chill out for a bit. (For the record, skin fasting does not mean skipping sunscreen. Protect your skin!) What's the point? To hit pause on getting support from products and kick your skin back into doing its natural thing: producing its own oils, moisturizing itself, etc.

'K, cool, sounds great. Should you try it? Maybe, depending on factors like your skin type, how often you do your skin care routine, and the types of products you use. It's also important to note that there are no scientific studies to back up these claims — just some skin care pros influencing the masses and inspiring people to try it for themselves, which we did back when this was A Thing the first time around.

Healthline writer Rachel Sacks' verdict on the trend: "While I don't think my skin benefitted from this week-long detox, I can definitely see the benefits of paring down one's skin care routine and cutting out unnecessary products. It's also nice to take a break every now and again and just let your skin breathe."

tl;dr: The skin fasting trend doesn't have any proven benefits, but it's hyped up to be something you might try to take a break from all the products you've been using lately. It may or may not help. Consider trying it for yourself if you think it's worth a shot. Whatever you do, keep using SPF!

great finds
Products we love
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
If you've got super dry skin and you're not down to hop on the skin fasting bandwagon, consider trying the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream with Hyaluronic Acid. It's a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that hydrates skin without leaving your face overly shiny or greasy.
As someone with an oily complexion, fellow Healthline newsletter editor Ginger W. loooves how this product hydrates her skin without clogging her pores. "It leaves my skin feeling so supple and soft," she says. "I only wish it came in a bigger container!"
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say what
Look who's talking
"I mean, I'm just Serena."

– Serena Williams
When asked if she's surprising herself at her level, the tennis legend responded in the best way possible: "I'm just Serena." Imagine having this confidence? #goals. After she scored a crowd full of laughs, she answered that she gave her best effort after losing the second set, but this quote is worth highlighting on its own. Congrats to Serena Williams on another amazing effort in the U.S. Open and on her incredible career! You inspire us.
Acne Questions
Wednesday Kickstart
Your ultimate guide to acne questions
You asked, we delivered! A bunch of you reached out to let us know you're interested in learning more about all things acne, so our team whipped up a handy-dandy guide packed with everything you need to know about acne and blemish care.

Don't know the different types of acne and why they pop up where? We break down the facts about whiteheads, blackheads, cystic acne, hormonal acne, and beyond. Wondering how to treat and prevent pimples? We list a bunch of DIY and medical options. Curious which lifestyle changes can improve your skin? We've got diet, mental health, and skin care routine tips for you. No matter what you're looking for, we've got you and your skin covered.

Acne doesn't just happen to tweens and teens — it can affect anyone at any age. If you live with it, trust that there are ways to find relief. Check out our new ultimate acne guide to learn about all of this stuff and more. We hope it helps!
health stories you need
What we're reading next
Climate change's impact on your skin. Extreme weather and increased temps can affect your skin's health in so many ways, from skin cancer to acne and more. Learn about the effects here.
Can you drink alcohol on antibiotics? An age old question. Medical News Today explains whether mixing drinks and antibiotics is safe, plus alcohol's effects on your immune system.
WTF are those white bumps on your lip? There are sooo many reasons why this could be happening. Greatist lists potential causes, treatments, and DIY remedies for these bumps.
you're up
ICYMI: We're all about taking care of our bodies, and that includes our largest organ: our skin. There are a million ways to take care of it and learn more about it: by seeing a dermatologist, implementing a 5-star skin care routine, following qualified ~skinfluencers~ on Instagram, discovering new tricks and tips (hi, check out our new Skin Care Hub), etc.
We want to know: How do you care for your skin? Tell us about your daily skin care routine and favorite products at wellnesswire@healthline.com.
Thanks for reading! We'd love to hear what you think of this newsletter. Email us at wellnesswire@healthline.com to share your thoughts. See you on Friday!
Until next time,
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