Rebecca Treston gives us her top tips to keep your skin radiant and hydrated during Ramadan.
- Keep hydrated
Drinking water really can make a dramatic difference to your skin. Those fasting must drink at least eight glasses between Iftar and Suhoor. Avoid carbonated or sugary drinks, as well as caffeine since it is dehydrating.
- Don’t over-wash
If you are fasting your skin can easily become dehydrated, this can be enhanced by over-washing your face. If you need to cool your skin, use a hydrating spray instead and for extra coolness try storing it in the fridge.
- Make sure you apply sunscreen
During Ramadan, it is essential that your skin is protected from strong sun rays. Apply sun block during the day that is at least SPF 30 and reapply often.
- Choose your foods wisely
During Iftar and Suhoor, eat foods that are rich in fibre and antioxidants. They can include berries, almonds, dark chocolate and pomegranates. Berries are not only a sweet treat – they are a great source of the vitamins and minerals your skin needs after fasting.
- Make sure you moisturise
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; while for those who have oily skin, use gel-based moisturizers that are high in hydration.
- Increase your intake of supplements
Skin-friendly supplements contain vitamins C, E and A, as well as selenium and zinc. Try taking the recommended doses of each supplement during Iftar and Suhoor to give your skin the best possible chance to look beautiful and healthy.
- Try a treatment
During Ramadan, you need to avoid facials that are too taxing and instead opt for facials that are nourishing and hydrating. As one of the fundamental practices of Ramadan is detox, it might be nice to replicate this idea in your skincare and choose a cleansing facial.
Read our recommended facials to try during Ramadan here.