Having healthy skin during Ramadhan
Back up a little, it’s Ramadhan already? What is Ramadhan btw?!
For starters, if you’re not muslim, you might not know what is Ramadhan. Ramadhan (or also known as Ramazan, Ramzan or Ramathan) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community (Wikipedia). Muslims worldwide, fast from sunrise to sunset. When we mean fast, we’re talking about no food AND water intake during this period, for a month. But, aside from food and drink, Muslims too has to refrain from taking tobacco products, sexual relations, and sinful behavior, devoting themselves instead to salat (prayer) and recitation of the Quran (again, Wikipedia).
So, how does this relate to having healthy skin?
We know that the
main only key to healthy skin is Hydration. It’s very common for muslims to experience dry, flaky skin which can get itchy and painful halfway through the fasting month. So, how can we have that if we’re not drinking water during the day?
Manage your water intake
Let’s get back to basics. How many glasses of water do we need to drink a day? Easy, 8 glasses. But, how do we do so during the fasting month of Ramadhan. Let’s do some maths.
We need to drink 8 glasses of water. The only time to consume water is during sahur, which is before sunrise and iftar which is after sunset. During Ramadhan, muslims perform tarawih after Isyak (one of the 5 mandatory salah/prayers done daily and if counted from midnight, it is the fifth prayer of the day). Meaning, there’s time to drink during sahur, iftar, after isyak/before tarawih and after tarawih. So if we divide 8 to these 4 windows, you only need to drink 2 glasses of water during each period.
Avoiding drinks that could dehydrate
In case you’re not aware, drinks like tea, coffee, soda and alcohol are commonly cognate with dehydration. Why is that so?
Alcohol is a diuretic, which makes the body lose fluids by making you have to go to the bathroom more often (Insider) whereas caffeinated and soda drinks are mildly diuretic. Have a healthy and balanced diet consisting of fruits and vegetables to keep the body and skin in the best condition possible.
Quench the skin
Some people may take unusually longer baths than usual to help cool and hydrate the body and skin. These people might actually do harm then good to the skin. So, best way to quench the skin is simply by spraying mist or applying hydrating toner all over the face or body if you want to! After spraying, give a light pat so that it absorbs in to the skin.
To avoid any Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL), proceed in applying moisturisers to lock all that hydration into the skin. Use products that match you (and not the one everything hypes around) since everyone has different skin types and issues. Don’t forget to always reapply lip balm as the lips tend to bleed or crack even more since it is dry.
Hope these help and leave down a comment if there’s any questions regarding the products or if you’ll like to suggest any other tips.
Salam Ramadhan Mubarak everyone!
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