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Ramadan skincare: Cleanse and hydrate

19 Apr 2021

Ramadan and its observances can take a toll on the health of your skin if you do not take the required care to keep yourself well hydrated, especially if you are fasting all day long. Inadequate consumption of water from sunset to sunrise improper diet, disturbed sleep, and stress can significantly affect your skin as well as overall health. Here are some tips to maintain a glowing texture of your skin during Ramadan:

 

Consume adequate water

Dehydration can cause dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. During Ramadan, though you do not consume water all day, your daily water intake shouldn’t change. It is very important to stay hydrated to maintain good health. 

Adults must consume a minimum of 1.5 – 2ltr water each day. You can calculate your own requirement based on a simple formula as advised by World Health Organization. Your weight (in kg) multiplied by 0.033 equals your daily requirement of water in litres.

So, if you weigh 50kg, you must drink 50×0.033 = 1.6ltr water daily. Make sure to consume your daily water requirement evenly between sunset and sunrise to stay well hydrated.

 

Cleanse your skin

Staying hydrated is the first step. Next , you need to prevent damage to skin cells. Missing out on important vitamins and minerals while fasting may affect your skin’s ability to maintain a healthy ph level and oil balance. Always choose your cleanser based on your skin type. For oily skin, a cleansing gel is best suited but for dry skin, a milk cleanser is recommended, 

 

Stay moisturised

Moisturising should be part of your daily skincare routine. However, while not drinking enough water during the day, make sure to give your skin some extra hydration by using a good moisturiser packed with minerals. Hydrating serums help retain moisture in your skin, besides enhancing softness and  elasticity, and preventing ageing. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to use a suitable moisturiser.

Protect your eyes

The skin around your eyes is thin and prone to damage, especially due to lack of hydration during Ramadan. Skin dehydration causes irritation, fine lines and wrinkles. You can use an eye serum for extra care during Ramadan to prevent drying of the skin around the eyes.

Secure against sunlight

During Ramadan, with the lack of water consumption during the day, one is more vulnerable to heat and radiation from the Sun when outdoors. Skin cells can be more prone to burns when dehydrated. Make sure to use Sun protection creams which also moisturise your skin, besides wearing appropriate clothes to protect yourself from harsh sunlight.

Balance your diet

Avoid heavy eating at sunset and before sunrise, as well as missing out on nutritious foods as these can have a negative effect on your skin. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system as well as maintain good skin health, especially those rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, besides biotin, folic acid, iron, and Omega 3. Consume a balanced meal, with good proteins and fibre rich vegetables. Also,  stay away from sugary foods and drinks as they are one of the biggest enemies of your skin.

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