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As Ramadan begins, many Muslims gear up for a month of fasting. But besides focusing on spiritual activities, it’s crucial to think about how fasting might impact your everyday routines, like skincare. During fasting, your eating, sleeping, and water intake patterns change, which can affect your skin’s health.

To ensure your skin looks its best for Raya celebrations, we’ve put together some skincare tips you might want to consider changing for Ramadan.

Hydration is Key To Avoid Dehydrated Skin

During fasting hours, it’s super important to make sure you stay hydrated inside and out. Choose lightweight moisturisers and serums that are packed with hydration ingredients. Keep an eye out for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera to give your skin the moisture it needs without weighing it down.

Here are some products to consider:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel

This gel-cream is made with hyaluronic acid to give your skin a boost of hydration. It’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin since it won’t clog your pores. Plus, it absorbs fast and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and supple.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel retails for S$28.15 on Guardian. A discount is offered at the time of writing, tap in to see the updated price.

Cuura Hydra Boost Serum

This amazing hydration serum is designed to enhance the elasticity and moisture of your skin. It creates a protective barrier that locks in moisture, resulting in a youthful and radiant complexion. It also provides an instant plumping effect, leaving your skin looking refreshed and revitalised.

Whether you have acne-prone, eczema, or sensitive skin, this serum is suitable for all skin types.

Cuura Hydra Boost Serum retails for S$37 on Cuura

Caudalie Grape Water

Fans of Caudalie love this hydrating mist, which is created from organic grapes harvested during the season. It’s a favourite for its versatile benefits. The mist is made entirely from organic plant water, offering a gentle way to moisturise, soothe, and revitalise your skin.

Additionally, it’s also packed with antioxidants to fight off harmful free radicals and prebiotics to maintain your skin’s natural balance for a healthy, radiant look.

Caudalie Grape Water S$35 (300ml) on Sephora

Simplify Your Routine

During Ramadan, you might have less time and energy because of fasting. Which is why we recommend to make your skincare routine easier by concentrating on the essential steps: cleansing, moisturising, and sun protection. By simplifying your routine, you’ll save time and still take care of your skin’s basic needs.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser

The Clarins Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser is loved by many, especially those with normal to dry skin. It contains a unique blend of organic yellow gentian, organic lemon balm, and organic aloe vera extract from Domaine Clarins.

Not only does it effectively cleanse and remove makeup, but it also leaves the skin feeling rejuvenated and smooth. With its gentle surfactants, it ensures a deep cleanse without disrupting the skin’s natural balance.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser retails for S$54 (125ml) on Clarins

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

CeraVe Foaming cleanser is fantastic at getting rid of makeup residue, dirt, and extra oil. It gives your skin a deep cleanse without making it dry. With the power of ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, it not only cleanses but also nourishes your skin by restoring its protective barrier and keeping it moisturised.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (236ml) retails for S$19.90 on Guardian. A discount is available at the time of writing, tap in to see the updated price. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash

The facial wash from The Body Shop is packed with vitamins to keep your skin hydrated and clean. With vitamin E and wheat germ oil, it gently cleanses your skin without drying it out, leaving you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash retails for S$25 on The Body Shop

Nighttime Nourishment Helps Hydrate Your Skin

Make the most of your evening by pampering your skin with a nourishing nighttime skincare routine before or after breaking your fast after sunset. Opt for products containing reparative ingredients such as retinol, peptides, or niacinamide to help your skin repair and rejuvenate while you rest.

Wardah Hydra Rose Moisture Rich Night Gel Moisturizer

The Wardah Hydra Rose Moisture Rich Night Gel Moisturizer is enriched with nourishing Rose Oil. Its gel texture is packed with nutrients that keep your skin hydrated for up to 72 hours.

Plus, it actively combats the effects of daily environmental stressors, ensuring that your skin retains optimal moisture. With regular use, this moisturiser revitalises your skin’s hydration levels, giving it a deep and intense moisture boost for a healthier complexion.

Wardah Hydra Rose Moisture Rich Night Gel Moisturizer retails for S$15.81 on Shopee

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream

This night cream is made with 98.6% natural ingredients to give your skin a plump and rejuvenated look in the morning. It uses essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to help restore your skin’s protective lipid layer. These omegas also work to support your skin barrier, keeping it hydrated and radiant.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega-Rich Cloud Cream retails for S$75 (5oml) on Kiehl’s

Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream

When your skin feels dry and dehydrated, it becomes more susceptible to premature ageing. To counteract this, consider Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream. This cream is enriched with Encapsulated Teasel extract, delivering targeted revitalisation and anti-ageing benefits precisely where your skin needs them most.

Additionally, the Revitalizing Organic California Poppy extract aids in absorbing the visible effects of late nights and disrupted sleep, promoting a smoother, more toned, and rested appearance by morning.

Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream retails for S$132 on Clarins

CeraVe ​​Skin Renewing Night Cream

During Ramadan, it’s typical for our skin to feel parched because of changes in our daily routine and hydration levels.

To tackle this issue, consider adding CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream to your skincare routine. This cream is enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which team up to restore moisture and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier while you’re asleep.

Not only does it assist in reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, but it also revitalises tired-looking skin, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion when you wake up in the morning.

CeraVe ​​Skin Renewing Night Cream retails for S$46.31 on Amazon

Laneige Bouncy & Firm Sleeping Mask

Experience the magic of the Laneige Bouncy & Firm Sleeping Mask as it transforms your skin overnight. Infused with a potent combination of Peptide Complex and Peony & Collagen Complex, this cream is your ticket to waking up with plump, radiant skin.

Laneige Bouncy & Firm Sleeping Mask retails for S$56 on Laneige

Sun Protection Is Important Even During Ramadan

Even during fasting hours, it’s essential to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every morning, regardless of whether you plan to spend time outdoors.

Consider using a tinted moisturiser or BB cream with SPF for added sun protection and minimal coverage.

Ultra Violette Daydream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil

Achieve a natural, radiant complexion with the Daydream tinted sunscreen! With SPF50 and a sheer tint, it keeps your skin safe and protected while providing buildable coverage for a luminous effect.

This product comes in 15 shades and is free of oil, silicone, and alcohol for lightweight and comfortable wear all day long.

Ultra Violette Daydream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil retails for S$53 on Sephora

Shiseido BB For Sports SPF 50+ PA+++ Tinted Sunscreen

Shiseido’s BB For Sports SPF 50+ PA+++ BB cream provides natural coverage and lasting protection.

With its advanced formula that includes WetForce technology, it offers a strong defence against UV rays, even during sweaty activities. Plus, the more you sweat, the stronger its protection becomes, perfect for those with active lifestyles.

Shiseido BB For Sports SPF 50+ PA+++ Tinted Sunscreen retails for S$58 on Sephora.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++

For a weightless feel, Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen offers an entirely invisible, scentless, and makeup-gripping daily primer with SPF 40.

This innovative primer is enriched with antioxidants, providing broad-spectrum protection from harmful UV rays and blue light emitted by electronic devices.

Its unique oil-free formula effortlessly glides onto the skin, offering shine control and leaving behind a velvety finish that enhances makeup adhesion. Ideal for daily wear, it ensures your skin is prepped and protected while maintaining a natural look throughout the day.

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ retails for S$59 (50ml) on Sephora

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50

This Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 is perfect for daily wear. It doesn’t leave any white cast or make your skin feel greasy. Plus, it’s infused with soothing aloe and hydrating hyaluronic acid, so your skin stays moisturised with a dewy finish.

Niacinamide in this sunscreen also works to brighten and even out your skin tone, leaving you with a radiant complexion. It’s great for everyday use, keeping your skin protected, nourished, and glowing.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 retails for S$57 on Sephora.

Mindful Eating for Healthy Skin

Be mindful of the food you eat outside of fasting hours, as your diet can have a big effect on the health of your skin.

Include foods that are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish. These nutrients can work wonders in fighting oxidative stress and inflammation, giving you a glowing and flawless complexion.

Stay Consistent With Your Skincare Routine

It’s important to maintain a consistent skincare routine for healthy skin, especially during Ramadan. Even with changes in your daily schedule, try your best to stick to your skincare routine.

Keep an eye on how your skin reacts to fasting and changes in your routine during Ramadan. If you notice any signs of dehydration, sensitivity, or breakouts, make adjustments to your skincare products accordingly.