If you have fasted in the past or fast annually for Ramadan, you already know about the changes that happen to your skin during the Holy Month. You've likely noted how the skin seems to dry out faster than usual and appears dull and depleted. When you abstain from food and drink between dawn and sunset, the lack of moisture dehydrates the skin. It's important to stay hydrated outside of the fasting hours and adjust your usual beauty regime to account for these physical changes.
1. Replenish Water
Ensure that you drink generous quantities of water outside of the fasting hours and during iftar and suhoor. Initiate with several generous cups of pure H20 to replenish lost moisture. As part of rehydration, you can incorporate fibre-rich fruit and vegetable smoothies that replenish essential nutrients in your body. Avoid juices that are simply rich in fruit sugars or have added sugars. While it may be tempting to consume soda and caffeine-powered drinks for an energy spike, these drinks don't provide the vital nourishment you need for passing the day during Ramadan or for healthy skin. Caffeine, being a mild diuretic, may increase your need to urinate, which can lead to a feeling of increased thirst throughout the day.
2. Simplify Your Facial Routine
When fasting, avoid thick foundations, concealers, eye shimmers and other makeup that coats the skin. Allow the skin to breathe. This is because the skin will be adjusting to the fast, and apart from becoming dry, can also start breaking out in response to the additional substances on the face. Acne breakouts are common during Ramadan, as the skin produces more oil in response to dehydration, leading to clogged pores. To continue to protect your skin against external damage, wear natural sunscreen.
£31.00 | 50 ml / 1.7 FL oz | Colours: Café au Lait, Mocha
This hydrating cream seals in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated for up to 8 hours. In addition to hydration, it provides broad-spectrum SPF 40 protection with non-irritating, mineral-based, brown-skin friendly coverage. Formulated for transparent coverage that does not leave a white cast.
3. Moisturise and Mist Multiple Times a Day
Moisturising your skin at least twice a day will go a long way in rescuing it from undesirable changes. Choose creams and lotions made from natural ingredients, that absorb deeply and seamlessly, and provide much-needed hydration in the form of water or botanical infusions. Choose non-comedogenic products that will not block the pores but can still lightly reinforce the natural skin barrier to allow it to lock in moisture. You can also regularly mist the face with plant-based formulas to introduce hydration externally—this will go a long way!
£20.00 | 56 ml / 2 Fl oz
Formulated with Rose Flower Water, fresh Aloe and Glycerin, it provides your skin with just the right hint of moisture for a flawless base that’s never flaky. Finished off with a subtle rosy flush thanks to Beet Juice Powder, while also delivering Magnesium and antioxidants to keep your skin healthy.
Marie Hunter Beauty
£43.00 | 60 ml / 2.11 Fl oz
Formulated with a new technology that, along with aloe-infused water, helps skin create its internal water source to continually rehydrate. This unique Vita-Plex™ blend is enriched with Vitamins E, C and B to create a powerful antioxidant complex. Hyaluronic Acid boosts skin hydration while humectants and polymers lock in moisture for up to 72 hours.
£34.00 | 50 ml / 1.8 Fl oz
A cold-processed, light moisturiser that deeply nourishes the skin. The skin needs both oil and water to be healthy and hydrated, and that's exactly why Névoa has two different phase. A 2-in-1 product, formulated with the exact ingredients to improve your skin's appearance.
£31.00 | 100 ml / 3.3 Fl oz
A nutrient-rich blend of floral distillates and botanical extracts that boost hydration, restores pH balance & provide antioxidants, minerals and phytonutrients to the skin. This weightless mist amplifies the effect of serums and oils.
£7.00 | 60 ml / 2.11 Fl oz
LĪLĀ is a fine, oil-free face mist made with delicate Frangipani (Plumeria) distillate and exotic Coconut water, perfect for refreshing, hydrating and remineralising. A few spritzes and you can keep your skin dewy and prevent dryness and breakouts.
£11.00 | 236 ml / 8 Fl oz
Spraise's Glory Mist lotion spray is the lightweight moisturiser you want, with the skin-loving ingredients and hydration you need. This natural blend of jojoba and aloe absorbs quickly for soft, smooth skin with no mess.
4. Exfoliate and use a Mask at Night
The night hours are essential for vital re-nourishment. Prepare for rest by gently exfoliating to stimulate the skin's cell renewal processes. Restore the skin overnight with sleeping facial masks that restore moisture, provide essential vitamins and fatty acids, and draw out impurities that would block the pores.
£89.00 | 180 ml / 6 Fl oz
This oil-based exfoliator combines castor sugar and rooibos flakes to provide varying strengths of exfoliation from strong at first to very mild towards the end. Once the sugar has dissolved and only the rooibos flakes remain. It gently removes dead cells, exposing new, refreshed skin beneath.
£18.00 | 60 ml / 2.11 Fl oz
Curated for UV damage and flaky skin — with attention to acne-prone skin. Spotless Green is infused with Bladderwrack (seaweed) to promote controlled oil production and restore the balance of PH levels. The foamy sleeping mask can be used daily to restore essential facial moisture.
VIL Skin Care
£40.00 | 50 ml / 1.7 Fl oz
A dose of skin magic. This Miracle Mask is packed full of vitamins and minerals in order to tackle multiple skin concerns. Copper and Zinc give the skin a powerful boost whilst clay draws out any impurities. Vitamins B and E soothe and hydrate the skin.
5. Protect the Lips
Your lips may also experience cracking and drying. Exfoliate them throughout the day to remove dead skin, and coat them with natural oils and balms that can keep the moisture in the lips. Ingredients like Beeswax, Cocoa butter, Shea butter and other emollients will soften the lips and keep them glowing. Naturally tinted lip balms can bright a light flush to the lips to help you looking energised.
£18.00 | 120 ml / 4 oz
This natural organic whipped coffee scrub acts as a great exfoliant leaving skin hydrated, soft, and firm. Use on the body or lips for a refreshed, rejuvenated feel.
£28.00 | Colour: Peach Nude
A multi-tasking pigment. Contains Babassu Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Candelila Wax, and Jojoba Seed Oil. Helps fight free radicals, sun and environmental damage, stimulating cell turnover, encouraging collagen production, soothing sensitive and reactive skin while imparting a hint of colour.
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£19.00 | 5 ml / 0.2 Fl oz
OTO Ritual Lip Balm contains pure hemp extract as well as a complementary blend of botanicals like Jojoba Oil, Shea and Cocoa Butters that improve overall hydration.
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Doubledown's tinted lip balms have a natural plumping effect due to the Organic Peppermint Oil and look great on all skin tones. The tinted lip balms, have a buildable quality to them if you want to add more colour to your lips. The Future is a buildable golden berry red, with warm overtones.
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Venison, A. (2017, June 5). Skincare Tips For Ramadan. Vogue Arabia. Retrieved March 22, 2022, from https://en.vogue.me/beauty/skincare-tips-for-ramadan/