Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, we fast from sunrise to sunset. It’s a time for spiritual reflection, self improvement, increased devotion and worship. Keeping your skin healthy is as important as having a healthy diet during the holy month. One of the purposes of Ramadan is to detox your body and release all toxins from within. These tips will help you to detoxify your skin and to maintain a healthy & happy skin this month.
1. Hydration is key
Drinking enough water is not only healthy for your body, but your skin also benefits from it. Drink at least eight glasses of water in between Iftar and Suhoor. Water will not only keep your body hydrated, but also your skin – especially if you have dry skin. Try to avoid drinking carbonated and sugary beverages, such as soda and juices as well as caffeine since it’s dehydrating. If you don’t like drinking plain water, you can create your own healthy flavored water by infusing fruits in it. It’s great for boosting your immune system and cleaning out harmful toxins, it keeps you hydrated plus it has zero calories. A few great combinations to infuse your water with are:
– Lemon, Cucumber, Mint
– Orange, Ginger, Strawberries,
– Blueberries, Raspberries, Mint, Lime
– Lime, Orange & Lemon
– Pineapple, Mint & Orange
2. Don’t over wash your face
During Ramadan; chances are big that your skin is lacking hydration due to fasting. This can become worse by washing your face multiple times. If you really need to cool off your skin, try using a fix spray instead. Store it in the fridge for extra coolness; this also gets rid of puffiness. A few recommended fix sprays are: “Clarins Fix Spray” and “Caudalie Beauty Elixir”.
3. Use sunblock
Since Ramadan has fell this year during the entire month of June; temperatures can go up to 45 degrees Celsius (in the Middle East). It’s essential that your skin is protected from strong sun rays, make sure to apply a sun block during the day that’s at least SPF 30 or up and reapply if you’re outdoor for more than three hours. Try these this sunblock that offers a guaranteed full protection against sun radiations without clogging the pores.
4. Eat foods that make your skin glow
If you want a radiant and healthy looking skin, even when you’re fasting; bring up your antioxidant intake during Iftar and Suhoor. Snack away on foods that are rich in fiber and antioxidants such as; Berries, Almonds, Dark Chocolate and Pomegranates. Have a handful of berries of your choice, they are a great source of the necessary vitamins and minerals your skin needs after an entire day of fasting.
5. Treat your skin
Do your skin a favor and use a facemask once or twice a week. Also, make sure to exfoliate regularly; depending on your skin type, you can exfoliate your face up to 2 times a week. This helps to clear out clogged pores and your skin feels smoother and looks more radiant. Exfoliating regularly also stimulates the blood circulation in your face; this is great to get rid of water retention and puffiness – especially in the morning. Make sure to rinse your face with cold water after you’ve exfoliated, this helps to close the pores.
6. Moisturizing is essential
After your daily skincare routine, it’s very important to moisturize your skin. Use a hydrating moisturizer that makes up for lack of water consumption during the day. For those with dry skin, Use rich creams or oils, such as “La Mer, Moisturizing Cream” and “Kiehl’s Night Care Facial Oil”. If you have oily skin, use gel based moisturizers that are high in hydration such as; Institut Esthederm Eau Cellular Gel”.
7. Take supplements
After following all these steps and your skin still feels like its lacking nutrition or certain vitamins, you could always use a little help from supplements and your skin will never be happier. Skin supplements are a group of several vitamins and antioxidants that enhances the wellbeing of the skin. The supplements that are recommended for healthy skin are those that contain vitamin C, E, A, selenium and Zinc. Take the recommended doses of each supplement during Iftar and Suhoor.