During the holy month of Ramadan, our routine changes and we can feel the difference in our skin. The combination of less sleep, summer heat and poor diet choices can leave your skin feeling dry, dull and prone to breaking out. Making smarter decisions about your skin care throughout the month could really improve your skin health and it may be the best time to get into good habits for the rest of the year. Here are 5 skin care tips with some of our beauty favourites that will keep your skin hydrated, refreshed and glowing by Eid.
Moisturising is a must!
Moisturising is a must any day of the year but it’s even more important when your skin can’t be internally hydrated. We recommend using a moisturiser twice a day, once in the morning and before you go to bed. Remember to wear SPF in the morning and if you need something throughout the day, a hydrating mist will give you a refreshing spritz of moisture. Our top pick is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater and the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser.
Oils can work really well for all skin types, including the oiliest. They give an instant softness and smoothness and are often packed with essential nutrients, fatty acids and antioxidants! The right facial oil will sink into your skin and not sit on top of it. An Amaliah favourite is the Trilogy Rosehip oil which is alcohol free. It’s 100% natural and nourishes the skin to fight wrinkles, improve moisture levels and tackle unwanted scarring. This can be used at night on the face and neck and leaves you waking up with soft hydrated skin. This is also a great primer for your makeup if you like a dewy finish. For our oily friends out there, argan, tea tree and jojoba oil may work for you best. These are non-comodegenic and work well to prevent acne breakouts and scarring. We love The Ordinary’s 100% Argan oil and if you’re wanting to splurge, the famous Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping oil is an investment that will work wonders.
If hydration is a concern in Ramadan, this is the hydrating heavy weight that will save you. Hyaluronic acid works very differently to the more popular ones like glycolic and salicylic which exfoliate away dead skin cells. In fact, it works in the opposite way and acts as a cushion to retain moisture. This is already naturally occurring in the body and the largest concentrations can be found in skin tissue. The super power behind it? It can retain up to 1000 times its own weight in moisture. In a nutshell, hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-ageing properties as it stimulates the production of collagen, hydrates the skin and maintains skin elasticity. Our top pick is the cruelty-free Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum which can be used both morning and night for smoother plumper skin and The Ordinary’s version for just £6!
Extra Eye care
Staying awake late and having a broken sleep cycle takes its toll and the biggest giveaway is your eyes. We all experience darker circles and puffier eyes so a bit of extra care is needed to stay looking refreshed throughout the month. Organic Sweet almond oil has been hyped for its excellent emollient and anti-inflammatory properties that tackle dark circle and puffy eyes. Apply a few drops every night and massage gently into your skin.
Water and MORE water!
Drinking water will always be the holy grail of skin care tips. Hydration is so important for the skin and increasing your intake can brighten, heal and prevent breakouts. Start drinking your recommended 2-3 litres of water as you break your fast and keep taking small sips to avoid feeling sick. If you struggle to drink plain water, add some cucumber, mint or lemon and opt for herbal teas which will also help with digestion too. Milk, coffee, and fizzy drinks are known to be dehydrating so stick to water as much as possible! You can also increase your intake with water-rich foods like watermelon, grapefruit, celery and cucumber.
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