For Muslims all over the globe, Ramadan marks 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk. In the holy month of Ramadan, it’s part of the Islamic practice to engage in a fast, as well as reflection and prayer.
While it’s not spoken about, fasting can have a real effect on the skin. Our skin is temperamental; weather, humidity and even pillowcases can affect it, so it’s no surprise that Ramadan does too. Fasting can disrupt the skin, especially the skin’s hydration levels. Avoiding drinking liquids for long periods of time, especially if you’re carrying your daily life as normal, can result in a negative water balance.
The sleep disruption and poor sleep can raise cortisol levels and affect the skin barrier function, resulting in further skin dehydration. Plus, changes in a sleeping pattern will inevitably result in dark circles, puffy eyes, or both. But one of the main skin concerns from fasting is dull or lacklustre skin. A combination of tiredness and dehydration leave the skin feeling less than glowy.
Alas, these skincare woes can be easily remedied with the right skincare products. Brightening and glow-boosting ingredients such as vitamin C, lactic acid, and glycolic acid can help to give the skin that much-needed radiance. Aim to focus on skin rehydration to replace lost fluids and incorporate a targeted eye cream or serum into your routine to tackle the effects sleep loss.
Keep reading for nine skincare saviours to include in your Ramadan routine.
BY BEAUTY BAY MOISTURE COMPLEX + ALGAE FACE MASK
This potent double-action hydrator delivers an instant dose of hydration to parched skin. The mask is formulated with hyaluronic acid, which works to keep the skin’s moisture levels high at the skin’s barrier, while the addition of algae and squalane help to keep the skin hydrated. Perfect for Ramadan as the mask can be worn overnight for those long nights.
THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2% + B5
One of the most effective and affordable hyaluronic acids available. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum acts as a magnet for moisture in your skin for instant rehydration and plumping. Apply to damp skin for best results.
MARIO BADESCU CAFFEINE EYE CREAM
While you might not be allowed to have your morning coffee, your under-eye area certainly can. This silky cream from Mario Badescu delivers instant hydration and radiance. Caffeine and terminalia arjuna extract work together to bring down puffiness on application, while sodium hyaluronate and jojoba nourish and hydrate the delicate area. Hydrating and revitalising, it’s the perfect eye cream for the Ramadan skincare routine.
REVOLUTION SKINCARE TONING RETINOL EYE CREAM
Designed to tackle pigmentation and brighten the under-eye area, the Revolution Skincare eye cream is infused with retinyl palmitate, a powerful ingredient that combats dark circles. Cleverly designed with a doe-foot applicator for easy and more hygienic application.
YES TO GRAPEFRUIT VITAMIN C GLOW-BOOSTING UNICORN BRIGHTENING MIST
An instant boost of glowy goodness is the perfect skincare pick-me-up. Formulated with antioxidant grapefruit and vitamin C to dose the skin with a burst of brightness, a saviour during Ramadan. Use throughout the day for a spritz of glow and hydration.
GLOW HUB PURIFY & BRIGHTEN SUPER SERUM
A powerful cocktail of black tree extract, salicylic acid and white willow bark work to gently exfoliate the skin while keeping blemishes at bay – the changes in your routine can cause havoc and result in breakouts. A super lightweight formula that instantly absorbs into the skin to work its magic.
FLORENCE BY MILLS EPISODE 1: BRIGHTEN UP BRIGHTENING TONER
A toner is a great way to target specific skin concerns. Opt for a brightening toner to revive and combat the lacklustre skin. This offering from florence by mills is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to give the skin a natural radiance. Formulated with antioxidant rich Agastache Mexicana, the toner works to brighten and even out skin tone, while the lavender and cucumber water help to cool and refresh.
FOREO MANUKA HONEY REVITALIZING SHEET FACE MASK
Created with manuka honey, the golden natural elixir of ultimate health. These Foreo face masks work a treat, to instantly refresh dry, tired, and dull skin. Manuka honey is full of nutrients and antioxidant properties to soothe and hydrate, a quick fix for all Ramadan skin.
YES TO AVOCADO FRAGRANCE-FREE DAILY CREAM CLEANSER
All good skincare routines begin with a great cleanser. Ramadan can leave the skin on the sensitive side which is why Yes To’s ultra-gentle milky cleanser is a great option. Enriched with hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin, plus antioxidant and fatty acid rich avocado oil to nourish the skin.