1. Keep hydrated
Drinking water really can make a dramatic difference to your skin. Those fasting will not be able to drink water during the day so it's vital they drink at least eight glasses between Iftar and Suhoor. Avoid carbonated drinks, as well as caffeine, since they're dehydrating. If you don't like plain water, you can infuse it with fruits, which also has the added advantage of boosting your immune system and flushing out toxins.
2. Don’t over-wash
During Ramadan, the chances are your skin is dehydrated due to fasting (even those who drink the recommended water intake may experience dehydration during the day). This can be enhanced by over-washing your face. If you need to cool your skin, use a hydrating spray instead and for extra coolness, try storing it in the fridge.
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3. Make sure you apply sunscreen
During Ramadan, it's essential that your skin is protected from strong sun rays. Apply sun block during the day that is at least SPF 30, and reapply often. My personal favourite is Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50.
4. Choose your foods wisely
During Iftar and Suhoor, eat foods that are rich in fibre and antioxidants. They can include berries, almonds, dark chocolate and pomegranates. In fact, why not have a handful of berries as a sweet treat - they're a great source of the vitamins and minerals your skin needs after a day of fasting.
5. Make sure you moisturise
Use a hydrating moisturizer that makes up for lack of water consumption during the day. For those with dry skin, use rich creams or oils; while for those who have oily skin, use gel-based moisturisers that are high in hydration.
6. Increase your intake of supplements
Skin-friendly supplements contain Vitamins C, E and A, as well as selenium and zinc. Try taking the recommended doses of each supplement during Iftar and Suhoor to give your skin the best possible chance to look beautiful and healthy.
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7. Try a treatment
During Ramadan, you need to avoid facials that are too taxing and instead opt for facials that are nourishing and hydrating. As one of the fundamental practices of Ramadan is detox, it might be nice to replicate this idea in your skincare and choose a cleansing facial. A few facials that prove increasingly popular with my patients during Ramadan are:
- Mesotherapy and PRP. Mesotherapy, such as the Viora Infusion, infuses the dermis layer under the skin with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids to nourish and rejuvenate. This promotes production of collagen and elastin and will stimulate rejuvenation. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) also known as the vampire facelift uses a purified and concentrated portion of your own blood to help repair cellular damage and to rejuvenate your facial skin. PRP can stimulate the regeneration and recovery of aging facial tissue in order to permanently reduce wrinkle pouches and improve skin tone.
- Hydrafacial: The six-step treatment cleanses, evenly exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells, while simultaneously replenishing vital nutrients depending on the skin’s particular needs, including antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. Thanks to the procedure’s pioneering delivery system, these performing ingredients are able to effectively mitigate environmental damage, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as plump and firm the skin for long-term results that you can feel and see instantly. Great for all skin types, the HydraFacial is not only highly effective at improving overall skin health, but thanks to its customisable nature, it can remedy an array of skin complaints.
- The 3-in-1 Super Facial is also a good choice as it promotes skin nourishment & oxygenation.