As Ramadhan approaches, I have had several clients ask me how to keep their skin healthy and looking fresh during the Holy month.
Initially, I want to emphasize (if you didn’t know already) that fasting has several physical benefits. The body is free from digestion for a long period of time, and as a result, the regenerative system of the body is enhanced; toxins are released from the body encouraging weight loss and cellular renewal.
So what can you do to gain that flawless glowing skin during a month of absolute abstinence? I’ll tell you!
Water, water, water and not a drop to drink…
The general perception of ‘fasting’ is that one would abstain from just solid foods, or foods containing saturated fats and or complex carbohydrates. But abstinence covers various aspects of ones-life for worship, as well as food and drink. Ramadhan will also hit at a hot time of the year; which only means one thing, no water. Unless you treat your skin well throughout the day, your skin will be constantly covered with pollutants, bacteria, dirt, viruses and old skin cells. Remember, we live in an era of globalization with all sorts roaming around in the air!
For that reason, if you have normal to dry skin and feel a slight flaky-ness, tryThe Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel; it is like magic! It removes any impurities, evens out your skin tone, removes dead skin cells, excess oils and pollutants; giving you a plush and fresh look. Moreover, the product PH levels assist in releasing surface cells.
I would primarily recommend pearl, dead-sea, and mineral based products etc. in addition to other natural remedies. But let’s face it, when you are fasting you really don’t want to go the extra mile! I will however, cover the former in another post!
Like I said, it’s going to be HOT! I highly recommend ‘Vebix Sun Program Sun Cream Face SPF 50’. It is suitable for delicate and sensitive skin and is also Paraben and Fragrance-free. Its main ingredients are: cotton oil that is enriched with vitamin A, Rice oil that is high in antioxidants, hemp oil that is a mix of Omega 6 and 3 as well as vitamin A, B, C and E, and linseed oil that is also rich in Omega 6 fatty acids.
Why? Because it’s a lightweight product suitable for the GCC region; accommodating your skin two-folds; first, it’s not thick or heavy, which means you avoid any breakouts, and second, your skin has optimum opportunity to breath. It is additionally very caring on aging skin due to the protection from UV rays avoiding pigmentation complications as well as collagen loss.We’re fasting; we don’t need wrinkles or wilting skin as well, do we ladies?
Well, You Are What You Eat!
You heard me ladies, those ghabgas and extravagant dinners we attend take a toll on your skin. Foods containing high levels of sugar, refined carbohydrates combined with a low consumption of water can be detrimental to your skin. Remember fasting is virtuous as well as healthy, so be kind to your body.
Why? These foods cause a spike in blood sugar and pressure causing glycation, blemishes, early skin aging, dull looking skin amongst other health issues. Ensure that you get a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise each day, like a quick walk. Moreover, consumption of whole-grains, fresh vegetables and fruits should be essential ingredients in your Iftar, and of course, water! At a minimum of 10 to 15 glasses each evening before you have to fast again; as it will hydrate your body, rid it of toxins and give you that ‘good feeling’ in the morning. Recommendation: decaffeinated green tea and lemon water 30 minutes before bed can help with weight loss and clear skin.
Beautiful women aren’t miraculously beautiful, they get beauty sleep! When you are sleeping, (just as when you are fasting) your body goes through a cycle of changes. It is highly recommended that you get between 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night to achieve nature’s health advantages exposed on your skin.
Day sleep is beneficial is some way, for instance it has been argued that day sleep assists with memory – sort of like a reboot system. However, Night sleeps, as ‘we’ ‘homosapians’ know it, rejuvenates the entire body and gives optimistic results on health, including your beautiful skin.
Contouring VS Strobing, The Crucial Question
It’s post iftar, and your kaftan, jewelry, hair and everything is ready except your makeup. Ramadhan evenings with family and friends are all about colors and more colors. And so I would recommend that you go with one of two techniques to match all those lovely outfits.
- Contouring and Highlighting
I know what you’re thinking, what’s the difference?
Contouring revolutionised make up, it’s a genius technique that sculpts and shapes the face. It’s not for the faint hearted, use both highlighting make up and make up two shades darker than your skin tone. What is more, it is time-consuming and heavy on the skin; thus, I recommend contouring for the evening only.
Recommendation: do not choose shades that are drastically lighter or darker than your natural skin tone. Highlight the T-zone and facial areas with a concealer brush. Repeat highlighting above the eyebrows and between them, down the centre of the nose, middle of the upper lip and the chin, under-eye area, right above the cheekbones and the jaw line. Contouring: Contour the sides of the nose, right under the cheekbones, around the hairline and blend in the contouring just like you did for the highlighter.
To add dimension to the face and give it a pretty glow, apply mineral highlighting powder above the cheekbones and on the temples in a “C” shape.
Strobing focuses on certain areas of the face to highlight what god gave you; the centre of your nose, upper cheeks, brow bone and chin. People with oily skin should avoid the middle of the forehead and chin. In addition, women with a slightly rounder face; particularly with an excess chin would highly benefit from contouring to achieve a heart-shaped face. Whereas strobing’s primary focus is to give you that natural dewy glow, alluring for both the day time and evening.
Here are my recommendations: (i) prepare your face with Dior Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme moisturizer; for combination or oily skin use MAC Oil Control Lotion; (ii) use a highlighter shade that best matches your skin tone, I would recommend benefit’s WATT’S UP! for day and evening. What I love about this product is that it matches most skin tones. Nicole Guerriero for Anastasia Beverly Hills also released a powder highlighter for oily to combination skin that comes in different shades and tones, to suit moods and events whatever they may be. A personal evening favorite is ‘bassamfattouh’s’ backlighting all over glow; it comes in three different shades to suit individual skin tones.