Ramadan is a time to purify the mind, body, and soul - a time to adapt and adjust our lifestyle, routine and self care. As we fast during the daylight hours and eat during the night, what we consume is of importance, not only for our health but also for our wellbeing. What we consume or not consume will reflect on our skin and body. So what do I do to ensure that I remain fit and healthy and continue to have bright/glowing skin?
Water! You hear it all the time, but during ramadan it is even more important! Consuming 2ltrs of water in a somewhat shorter time can be difficult, but if you keep a bottle of water with you during your night prayers this will remind you to drink water. Drinking water will reduce fatigue, headaches and allow your body to detoxify any impurities. We perspire and so your skin requires water too. If you are not a fan of water, coconut water is fantastic at replenishing the body and I usually drink a glass every night. You can also eat water- rich foods such as cucumber, strawberry, watermelon and pineapple that will help you stay hydrated, all of this is important as fasting is ‘hot’ for the body and so are a number of foods so drinking and eating water is essential too.
(Water-Rich Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated)
Call me crazy, but I also continue to workout during ramadan. Research shows that a fasting person can burn more calories but also has more energy and resilience, it is all in the mind set and I would advise you do so closer towards Iftar time so as to avoid any long pangs of thirst. Of course, this is not recommended for many, and is something to build up and everybody is different. If you are keen to do something, I would advise you to start by taking walks, and doing yoga, you can do 30 days of yoga plans too.
The reason why I like to workout/be physically active is because I find that it helps to physically but also mentally release tiredness and stress. Yes! it helps to release tiredness! I find it actually helps me find more energy and to stay awake at night and the endorphins rushing around the body just feels amazing. On top of that my skin is glowing due to the bloody circulation and I feel happy! You can also do a short session after Iftar, there are some bloggers doing live sessions too! At the very least in order to get rid of the sluggish feeling a long day, fasting can ensure you remain physically active, so get up and do something, to circulate oxygen and blood in your body and wake up your brain!
Finally, and something to not neglect and maintain is your skincare. Due to the length of the fasts and the lack of water our skin tends to get dehydrated – now this is not the same as dry skin – see the article ''Dry vs Dehydrated Skin. What's the difference?'' to learn more about the difference. Skin can become dull and sallow too due to sleeping late and not consuming enough nutrients. Taking multivitamins and immune boosting supplements are important all year round but especially when fasting. We also need to take care of our skin and assist it from the outside too.
I am used to performing ablution (wudhu) for the five daily prayers but during ramadan we all try to increase our prayers and so this means extra care must be taken of our skin. Being a skincare fanatic – I am happy to redo my skincare multiple times a day, but in ramadan, time is of the essence and we look for quick fixes such as a hydrating toner/mist to keep us going. I also recommend using a lip balm to prevent your lips from cracking, and a good sleep mask/oil in your night routine. Cleansing is still important but a non-stripping product that is gentle would be ideal too. Try to not take hot showers but warm showers to prevent skin from drying out and of course do not forget your SPF at the very least! So most basic in routine would be to cleanse, tone/mist and SPF! Here are my favourites hydrating skincare products to keep my skin hydrated during Ramadan.
Banobagi Calming Care Cleansing Gel To Foam 100ml , this low pH gel cleanser contains calamine powder and hyaluronic acid to soothe skin and keep skin soft, hydrated after cleansing.
Klairs Fundamental Ampule Mist, this alcohol-free mist is infused with green tea water, rice, cucumbers, okra, and mugwort which is effective for intensive hydration and antioxidant care.
Klairs Fundamental Watery Oil Drop , this non-sticky, water-based serum not only offers intense hydration to the skin, but also provides antioxidant care and anti-aging solution. This serum provides all possible solutions for our dehydrated skin due to our routine changes during the holy month of Ramadan.
D’alba White Truffle Nourishing Treatment Mask, this silky-soft mask helps nourish my dehydrated skin in minutes thanks to its star ingredients, while truffle extract and centella asiatica extract.
Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream, this soothing cream infused with yeast-derived beta glucan works deep within the skin to provide much needed soothing and moisture.
d’Alba UV Essence Waterfull Suncream SPF 50+ PA++++, last but not least, don't forget to use sunscreen during day time to protect the skin. This lightweight sunscreen absorbs easily without leaving a greasy, sticky feeling.
This article was written by Kulsum @the_kul_review, who has always been into beauty and skincare and decided to open a page showcasing what she loves but also her views on beauty and skincare products that she personally tests.
''As a blogger I have learned a lot more about the industry, products available and companies but also what I can do to help myself and others. I am a huge vegan/natural skincare lover and sustainability is very important to me too. My ethos is to always share my honest views and I work on a frank and honest basis with companies too.'' Kulsum said.