With Ramadan approaching, now is the time to upgrade your skincare routine. Fasting for 30 days during the holy month can cause your skin to lose moisture and hydration. As a result, the sebaceous glands produce more oil, clogging pores and causing acne and dull-looking skin, says Cape Town Dermatologist, Dr Dilshaad Asmal.
When a dedicated Ramadan skincare routine is followed, healthy skin is more than achievable. This involves cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, day and night. And the skincare habits you build during Ramadan will ensure you stay on top of your game, especially when you have client meetings. So don’t dwell on problematic skin. Instead, embrace the opportunity to streamline your daily routine and experiment with effective formulas and ingredients during Ramadan.
Here are six skincare tips to stay fresh-faced during Ramadan
Wash your face regularly
Wash your face every morning with a gentle cleanser, like Clinique For Men Face Wash. This facial cleanser gently rids the skin of impurities and will also prep your skin for a comfortable shave. Those with oily skin should stay clear of mineral-based formulas. It can clog the pores, leading to serious problems like acne breakouts. Look for oil-free formulas like Nivea Oil Control Multi Effect Face Wash. It removes impurities and reduces excess oil on the skin’s surface.
Keep your skin moisturised
To compensate for the loss of water, hydrate your face morning and evening with Clarins Men Super Moisture Gel. Designed with hydration in mind, this gel serves as a barrier against damaging free radicals. And don’t forget to drink at least two litres of water during Iftar and Suhoor.
Ramadan usually consists of waking up early in the morning and late-night gatherings, which can be responsible for puffiness and dark circles under your eyes. Using Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum and sleeping at least six hours a night will reduce dark circles. Just apply daily, morning and evening, and you will see results.
Add an exfoliator to your daily regime
Start by scrubbing your face in the shower to remove dead skin and impurities. An exfoliator like Clinique All About Clean 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask + Scrub can be used once a week to reveal fresh skin. It’s imperative when exfoliating not to scrub too hard – doing so will remove your skin’s protective layer and expose the face to environmental stressors, says Dr Asmal.
Facial serums are good for you
Serums should be applied morning and evening, after exfoliation but before moisturising. Using your fingertips, massage Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Hyaluronic Acid Super Serum into your skin and leave it a few moments to dry. Ensure your serums contain humectant ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, which aid in hydration.
If you don’t have a beard oil, get one
Your facial hair will become more supple, more fragrant and considerably easier to style. It’ll be healthier too, as any beard dandruff will be long forgotten, helping you feel more confident about your facial fuzz during Ramadan. Enter: Tabac Original Beard Oil. It will leave your beard smooth and nourished.
We wish you a blessed and beautiful Ramadan.