Skincare tips for Ramadan

Amany Abdel-Moneim , Tuesday 26 Mar 2024

Fasting and changes in eating habits can sometimes take a toll on the skin, but with the right approach it's possible to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion throughout Ramadan.

Skincare tips for Ramadan
Skincare tips for Ramadan


While the holy month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual growth and self-discipline, it’s essential not to neglect one’s physical well-being, particularly when it comes to skincare. 

Fasting and changes in eating habits can sometimes take a toll on the skin, but with the right approach it’s possible to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion throughout Ramadan. 

By following some simple yet effective skincare tips, you can ensure that your skin stays healthy, hydrated, and radiant throughout the holy month. Just listen to your skin’s needs and adjust your routine accordingly. Above all, prioritise self-care and nourishment for both your body and soul during this special time. 

The best way to keep a healthy skin during Ramadan is to remain hydrated, shield your skin from the sun, and adhere to a straightforward skincare schedule. 


Here are some skincare tips that will have you glowing during the holy month and beyond.


Stay hydrated: 

One of the most crucial aspects of skincare during Ramadan is staying hydrated. Fasting for long hours can lead to dehydration, which can manifest as dry, flaky skin. To combat this, it’s essential to drink plenty of water during non-fasting hours. Additionally, incorporating hydrating foods into your diet, such as fruit and vegetables with high water content into Sohour and Iftar meals, can help keep your skin plump and hydrated from the inside out.

Maintain a balanced diet: 

In addition to external skincare, nourishing your skin from within is equally important during Ramadan. Incorporate foods rich in essential vitamins and nutrients, such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, into your Sohour and Iftar meals. These foods can provide the building blocks your skin needs to maintain its health and vitality, helping to combat dryness, inflammation, and other common skin concerns. Avoid eating too much sugary or fatty food, as this can contribute to breakouts and other skin problems.


Stick to a skincare routine: 

Ramadan is a good time to simplify your skincare routine to accommodate your fasting schedule. Opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers that won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and follow up with a lightweight moisturiser to lock in hydration. You can cleanse and hydrate with Vitamin E and C serums and indulge in a weekly scrub. Avoid using harsh exfoliants or abrasive scrubs, as they can irritate the skin, especially when fasting. Instead, focus on gentle, nourishing products that support your skin’s natural barrier.


Avoid excessive sun: 

While fasting, it’s essential to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, especially during the peak hours of the day. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before stepping outside. Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing that covers exposed skin can also provide an additional layer of protection against UV damage.


Care for your skin at night: 

Since you won’t be eating or drinking during the day, your skin may be more susceptible to damage at night. Before going to bed, make sure to remove all makeup and apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated.


Eat smartly: 

Boost your skin’s radiance by loading up on antioxidants during Iftar and Sohour or by eating snacks. Nuts and dark chocolate are your skin’s best friend. Almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashews and peanuts are packed with fibre and healthy fatty acids, making them a perfect combo for that Ramadan glow.


Prioritise rest and relaxation: 

Don’t underestimate the importance of rest and relaxation for your skin’s health during Ramadan. Adequate sleep is essential for the skin’s regeneration and repair, so aim for seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Incorporate stress-relieving activities into your daily routine, such as meditation, deep-breathing exercises, or gentle yoga, to promote overall well-being and keep your skin looking its best.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 28 March, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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