How to Look After Your Skin during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan has finally arrived. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic (or Hijri) calendar, and most Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during this month. Ramadan migrates through the seasons, meaning it can fall during winter one year, and the middle of summer a few years later. This year, Ramadan falls during June and July, two of the hottest months across the gulf. Since we’re also having a bit of a heatwave, and temperatures are currently hotter than average, Ramadan poses some special concerns this year. While fasting has been proven to have many health benefits, this year, you may find a few small changes in your skin.

For Muslims and non-Muslims in the Middle East, Ramadan is also a very social month. Iftars with friends and family start at sunset and the good times often keep rolling until the wee hours of the morning. That, coupled with delicious, traditional Ramadan foods and desserts can also cause havoc, so we’ve compiled our favorite products to keep your skin happy, healthy, and hydrated this Ramadan.

Anne Semonin Express Radiance Ice Cubes – You may have spent all night drinking mint tea and catching up with friends and family, but no one needs to know that. These eye masks will instantly cool, tighten, and smooth your eye area. They contain stimulating ginkgo biloba, plumping hyaluronic acid, and dark-circle-erasing bioflavonoids. Pop them on before heading to that big meeting for wide-awake peepers.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask – Fasting for long hours during the day and feasting on your grandmother’s delicious pastries at night can confuse your skin and make it look a little duller than usual. This mask is perfect for lackluster skin that needs to get a little extra oomph back. It will instantly infuse your skin with oxygen and vitamin C for a glow that won’t quit.

Elemis S.O.S. Emergency Cream – If your skin is prone to acne, you may find that breakouts get a little bit worse during Ramadan. This cream will not only fight breakouts, it also contains willow and lavender to soothe, reduce inflammation, and rebalance your skin. Plus, it smells amazing.

Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum – Some people report red, irritated skin during Ramadan. This serum instantly calms the skin and reduces any redness. It also provides sensitive skin with a much needed boost of moisture.

The Organic Pharmacy Skin Rescue Oil – Dry, dehydrated skin is another common concern during Ramadan. But in this heat, who wants to use a heavy cream? This lightweight oil combines extracts of chickweed, evening primrose, and tamanu to rehydrate, restore elasticity, calm, rejuvenate skin, and get rid of any stubborn flakiness.

– Rebecca Harrisson