Dry patches and sallow skin that’s somehow also still breaking out. Sound familiar? As the mercury rises, fasting often means that dehydration begins to wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, adding a little more oomph to your skincare routine can prevent all of that. We’ve rounded up some expert tips to keep you glowing and bright this Ramadan.
Sorry, java lovers…
... but caffeine probably won’t be your skin’s best friend during Ramadan. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means more bathroom trips but also drier, dehydrated skin because of electrolyte depletion. As Rebecca Treston, Founder and Manager of Rebecca Treston Aesthetics at Euromed Clinic tells Savoir Flair, “The trick to taking care of your skin in Ramadan is to avoid certain foods and drinks. Caffeine and sodas are known to suck out the minerals in the body, which has a negative effect on your skin.”
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
We’ve heard this a million times, but you really shouldn’t be shunning the SPF. The pain of a sunburn notwithstanding, unprotected sun exposure is especially bad during Ramadan as it stresses out already vulnerable skin. “If you are running errands in the morning, try to avoid the sun and walk in the shade whenever you can and, of course, always apply sunblock to your skin before you head out,” advises Treston.
The opposite of dehydration is hydration
Obviously, if you’re trying to look dewy and fresh, water should be as much a part of your skincare routine as it is part of your diet. “Load up on water and plenty of superfoods, so that you can get the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals into your body before the holy month starts. This will give your skin the best possible chance to survive the fasting period without compromising too much on how it looks,” Treston advises.
You shouldn’t just be chugging water- make sure you get the hydration you really need by incorporating it into your diet with water-rich foods like tomatoes and cucumbers. “Prior to Ramadan – aside from drinking pure, clean water – ensure you get organic hydration from fresh fruits and vegetables, too, as this will ensure toxins are flushed out,” Aislinn Koehein, a facialist at Pastels Salon in Jumeirah, said to Savoir Flair.
Load up on the moisturizers
Sometimes, even the most avid water drinkers will experience a dry patch or two during Ramadan. When internal hydration isn’t enough, Treston suggests turning to something a bit more topical. “To take care of your skin in the run-up to Ramadan and during the month, you shouldn’t neglect it. After washing your face with lukewarm water, make sure to hydrate your skin as it has probably lost a lot of its moisture due to fasting.” If regular moisturizers just aren’t cutting it, Koehein suggests turning up the intensity on your skincare routine by adding an oil or getting a facial.
If nothing else, make sure you follow this tip. Jergens’ brand ambassador and skincare expert, Dr. Seema Tannous, advises fasting people on lifestyle blog Finding Beauty to include vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamins A, B, and C into Iftar and Suhoor meals. These vitamins are nature’s skincare powerhouse and are known to fade dark spots and add a much-needed glow to the skin.
Fade dark circles with forty winks
The most common cause of dark circles? Not sleeping enough! Later than late meals and socializing often leaves people with puffy eyes and undereye circles. Tannous advises fasters to make sleep a priority this holy month.
“Ensure a proper night’s sleep – minimum 7 to 8 hours – to give your body adequate time to repair and rejuvenate during the night. During the day, use a light eye cream and try resting cool tea bags on your eyes to help soothe any dehydrated and sensitive skin around the eye area,” she says.