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Skin Maintenance During Ramadan

Wow, we are pretty much half way through the holy month of Ramadan and man what a difference it makes when you switch up your environment. Fasting in Mauritius this year has been a great time of reflection and I have been really enjoying hanging out with my family. Also all the Mauritian food we eat when we break the fast, ohmahgawd is it good.

However, during this month, my routine drastically changes and I can definitely feel the difference in my skin. A combination of a weird sleeping schedule, the summer heat and my (sometimes) poor diet choices can leave my skin feel dull, dry and prone to breakouts.

In my previous blog post on Ramadan, I talked about some of the benefits of fasting for your skin. Today I want to give you guys some tips on how to keep your skin looking fierce even if you’re not getting all the nutrients you are used to getting from your typical diet.


Although my stomach has adjusted to Ramadan now, I am still trying to make sure I take care of my skin. Here are some things to consider:


Don’t Skimp on Moisturizing!

This rule applies all year but especially during Ramadan, moisturizing is a must!!

Moisturizing is a must any day of the year but it’s even more important when your skin can’t be internally hydrated. I use mine twice a day, once in the morning and before I go to bed. I have been using my holy grail Philosophy Take a Deep Breath gel cream moisturizer.


Use a Good Facial Oil I am constantly surprised at how well oils can work for all skin types, especially mine since I have pretty oily skin. Facial oils give an instant softness and smoothness and are often packed with essential nutrients, fatty acids and antioxidants. The right facial oil will sink into your skin and not sit on top of it. I have of course been using my Biossance Squalane Oil which can really be used all over, not just on your face. This can be used at night on the face and neck and leaves you waking up with soft hydrated skin. If you are prone to breakouts, argan, tea tree and jojoba oil may work for you best. These are non-comodegenic and work well to prevent acne breakouts and scarring.


Consider Using Hyaluronic Acid If hydration is a concern in Ramadan, this is the product that will save you. Hyaluronic acid works basically acts as a cushion to retain moisture and it can retain up to 1000 times its own weight in moisture! As an added bonus, hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-ageing properties that stimulates the production of collagen, hydrates the skin and maintains skin elasticity. The Ordinary makes a great one at a great price point.


Eye Care

I have written before about how I have trouble sleeping. During Ramadan I tend to stay up all night and sleep only after I eat in the morning. (for example today I slept at 6am-11:30am, weird right). Staying awake late and having a broken sleep cycle takes its toll and the biggest giveaway is your eyes. We all experience darker circles and puffier eyes so a bit of extra care is needed to stay looking refreshed throughout the month. I love the Enchanted Eye Cream from LUSH. It has a bunch of natural great ingredients that keep my under eyes hydrated, moisturized and helps with dark circles.


Water, water (and I can’t stress this enough) MORE water! Drinking water will always be the holy grail of skin care tips. Hydration is so important for the skin and increasing your intake can brighten, heal and prevent breakouts. Start drinking as much water when you break your fast. I sometimes struggle to drink all the water I need to during Ramadan so what I do is drink a lot of green tea, so I still get my intake.


There you have it guys! Countdown to Eid is on!

Here is a picture of my most dearly missed brunch meal eggs benny :(


Xoxo

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