Ramadan is time of spirituality and reflection. A time to let go of bad habits and become better versions of ourselves. Its also a time we become better cooks ( we are all guilty, no judgments here!). Our Insta feeds are filled with Ramadan recipes, and we tend to over indulge in high calorie and unhealthy options, while our water consumption is reduced along with varied sleep pattern. All of these changes can take a toll on our skin leading to dull, dehydrated and lack luster skin.
Taking care of your skin should be thought of as a two fold process. What you put inside your body is as important or more compared to what you put on your skin. Our intake of saturated fats, carbohydrates, dairy and sugar can trigger acne but also lead to dull complexion. Try to limit these, and load up more on fruits, veggies and healthy baked snacks instead. Also switch to diary-free alternatives such as almond milk or oat milk, and cut down on your sugar consumption.
If dietary changes are still a work in progress for you, (as it is for many of us), then combat the issue of dullness by investing in a Vitamin C serum such as The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside 12% and using Aha’s such as Glycolic acid toners along with Sunscreen of course. These will help revive a healthy, bright and even-toned complexion.
Fasting during summer is particularly tricky as you will be more prone to dehydration. So make sure to keep hydrating yourself from sundown till sunrise. The dehydration will definitely reflect on your skin by giving you dry and dull appearance. So add hydrating products to your routine such as Hyaluronic acid like the one by The Ordinary or hydrating essences and/or toners, take your pick, K-beauty is filled with many great options like the Cosrx Snail Mucin Essence or Laneige Cream Skin.
Another tell tale sign of dehydration is chapped lips. Grab a good lip balm to keep your lips supple and hydrated. Bonus if you can add one with Spf protection such as the Blistex Spf 30, as this will help prevent the darkening of lips especially in the summer.
Dehydration along with lack of sleep will also lead to dark circles and puffy eyes. A perfect fix for this is a good eye cream containing brightening and hydrating ingredients such as the Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel or the Cerave Eye Repair.
Ramadan is a lifestyle, and we should try to make a good example for our future self starting right here, and set the tone for the rest of the months to follow. Let's try to feed our body what it needs vs what we crave. This will help nourish our health and as a bonus, our skin as well. Self-care also needs to be part of this daily routine, as its a time to reflect and relax at the end of the day. So let's strive to do our best to stick to these promises.