As we welcome the month of Ramadan which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar celebrated by Muslims around the world as the holy month of fasting reflection and worship, we want to take this opportunity to dive deep into ''Halal Beauty'' that adheres to Islamic law. Today we'll be discussing Halal Beauty and Skincare regime during Ramadan with the lovely sister, Keyaani, also as known as @keyaani_, a skincare enthusiast.
We have heard of Halal foods but what does the term Halal mean in relation to cosmetics and beauty products? In recent years there has been popularity in vegan and organic skincare, is Halal another trend that is coming to the forefront?
What is Halal?
Halal is an Arabic term, meaning ''permissible''. It is one of the principles referring to the ruling that '' with regard to everything that is of benefit on earth, and what man may attain thereof, making use of it is permissible, so long as there is no evidence to indicate that it is prohibited. '' according to Islam Q&A.
Simply put, Halal beauty products must not contain any animal-derived ingredients, alcohol or ingredients that are unclean in Islam. Secondly they need to be cruelty-free and only use ingredients that are allowed under Islamic law. Purity and cleanliness of the sources from which products are derived and the process by which they are made.
There is a common misconception that halal cosmetics are just for Muslims and this isn’t the case. Halal is a way of life that benefits an individual in their physical and spiritual wellbeing. Halal beauty products are for anyone who wants to use cruelty-free, alcohol free and vegan products. It is also suitable for those with sensitive skin types.
What Ingredients Should Be Avoided
The skin is the largest organ of your body and it is porous meaning that it absorbs whatever you put on it. For those wanting to use Halal Beauty products and are ingredient conscious these are the following ingredients you should avoid.
Carmine – A red pigment from cochineal (crushed beetles)
Keratin – A popular hair care ingredient. It is a natural protein often derived from animals.
Oleic Acid, Lanolin and Gelatin – These are all derived from animal matter.
Alcohol – This is not permissible for Muslims.
Animal Fat – There are two main sources of glycerine which are vegetable fats and animal fats. The main source of glycerine is tallow which is sourced from beef or mutton.
''In principle, alcohol derived from dates, grapes, wheat and raisins are not permissible. Alcohol derived from any other sources is permissible for external usage.
- Benzyl alcohol is produced naturally by many plants or may even be synthetically manufactured. Therefore benzyl alcohol found in creams and cosmetics is permissible.
- Cetyl alcohol in this day and age is derived from palm oil and may also be synthetically produced, hence permissible for external usage.
- Cetearyl, cetostearyl and cetylstearyl alcohol are synonyms. These alcohols are a combination of fatty alcohols, often cetyl and stearyl alcohol make up the major components. Fatty alcohols are commonly derived from vegetable oils. These are also permissible for external usage.''
Halal beauty products put simply is another category of beauty products that everyone can use and enjoy. Now, keep scrolling for the best Halal K-Beauty brands and products. While they might not be certified, many products are Halal-friendly.
A super gentle cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils and contains purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids to gently cleanse your skin to its most supple and clear texture. It’s great for sensitive and dry skin, but does the job no matter what your skin type. This cleanser is Cruelty free, Vegan and Alcohol-free.
Klairs - Supple Preparation Facial Toner/ Unscented Toner
Need no introduction, this favourite K-beauty brand focuses on developing functional products meant for sensitive skin. It is a cruelty-free, vegan, and eco-friendly brand. The toner balances the skin’s pH level and improves the effectiveness of your entire skincare regime, helping you to achieve your best skin yet. The unscented toner is the essential oil-free version of the original toner, making suitable for those with very sensitive skin.
Banobagi Milk Thistle Repair Line
Formulated with milk thistle extract which has a high amount of silymarin to help repair and strengthen the skin barrier, the Milk Thistle Repair Line from Banobagi will help soothe and hydrate sensitive skin while helping protect the skin from free radicals and harmful UV rays to prevent premature aging. All components with EWG Green Grade and safe formula.
Aromatica Hair Care
Allow your mane to grow naturally lush and gorgeous with Aromatica Hair Care products. Only plant-derived ingredients are used to keep the scalp and hair healthy. Aromatica hair care products are Vegan, Cruelty free, Sulfate free and Silicone free.
This article was written by @keyaani_
About Keyaani: ''I am a self-confessed skincare lover, face mask hoarder and Korean skincare fan. I created my Instagram account @keyaani_ as a way to share my skincare experience. I love how supportive the skincare community is and through it have connected with some amazing people. The thing with skincare is that it is never static. It is always evolving and theres always something new to learn.''
Now the fun part, let's learn more about how the lovely Keyaani takes care of her skin during Ramadan and her thoughts on Halal Beauty.
Working from home and being able to fast has been a blessing. It gives me extra time to focus on my prayers and I am able to manage the long fasts better. Yes I do sometimes nap in my lunch break. I am missing out on not meeting family and with the current restrictions I think Eid celebrations will also be limited.
I have to admit during Ramadhan I have cut back on my skincare and have been sticking to minimal routine. That being said face mists and hydration have been a must. My skincare routine consists of cleanse, sometimes tone , moisturise and SPF is a must. I like to face mists throughout the day.
3. Do you have any favourite product to reach out during Ramadan? And do you have any tips for those who are fasting but want to maintain healthy-looking skin?
Yes my skincare has definitely changed in Ramadhan. I feel as if I have stripped back on skincare but have been focusing on key elements such as hydrations via creams, sleeping packs and mists. I. have been using sheet masks here and there but I have to admit I have been feeling a bit cold and sheet masks can have that extra cooling effect so I’ve been using them sparingly.
4. Do you have any favourite product to reach out during Ramadan? And do you have any tips for those who are fasting but want to maintain healthy-looking skin?
I think it’s about being consistent with skincare. I have significantly cut down the products I have used but have kept the staple products in my routine.
The products that I am currently using are Banobagi Calming care line cleanser and calming care moisture cream. I have also been multi-misting. I am really enjoying the d’alba First spray serum and d’alba Vital spray serum.
There is a common misconception that halal cosmetics are just for Muslims and this isn’t the case. Halal beauty products are for anyone who want to use cruelty-free , alcohol free and vegan products. It is also suitable for those with sensitive skin types. I think it is a great category to have to provide consumers with an alternative choice.
For those who observing the month of Ramadan, what are your thoughts on Halal Beauty? We hope you may find this article helpful and have a better understanding about Halal Beauty and what ingredients you should avoid in beauty products.