As Ramadan approaches, many Muslims prepare for a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection. Alongside spiritual practices, it’s essential to consider adjustments to daily routines, including skincare. Changes in diet, sleep patterns, and hydration levels during fasting can affect skin health.

To ensure your skin is radiant and beautiful for Raya, we’ve compiled essential skincare tips tailored for Ramadan. Discover the secrets to a glowing complexion!

Hydration is Key To Avoid Dehydrated Skin

With limited water intake during fasting hours, it’s crucial to prioritise hydration both internally and externally. Opt for lightweight, hydrating products such as water-based moisturisers and hydrating serums. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera to replenish moisture levels without feeling heavy on the skin.

Here are some products to look into:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel

Formulated with hyaluronic acid, this gel-cream provides intense hydration while being non-comedogenic, making it suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. It absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and supple.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel retails for RM82.60 on Guardian. A discount is offered at the time of writing, tap in to see the updated price.

Cuura Hydra Boost Serum

An intense hydration serum that boosts the elasticity and hydration level of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance. Plumps skin immediately. Suitable for all skin types including acne prone, eczema or sensitive skin.

Cuura Hydra Boost Serum retails for RM79 on Cuura. A discount is offered at the time of writing, tap in to see the updated price.

Caudalie Grape Water

This hydrating mist, crafted from organic grapes picked during harvest, is beloved by Caudalie fans for its versatile benefits. It’s made entirely from organic plant water, offering a gentle way to moisturise, soothe, and revitalise your skin. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants to fend off harmful free radicals and prebiotics to keep your skin’s natural balance in check for a healthy, radiant look.

Caudalie Grape Water RM80 (200ml) on Sephora

Simplify Your Routine

During Ramadan, time and energy may be limited due to fasting. Simplify your skincare routine by focusing on essential steps: cleansing, moisturising, and sun protection. Streamlining your routine will save time and ensure you maintain the basic steps for healthy skin.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser

Clarins Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser is a fan-favourite, especially for those with normal to dry skin.

It’s infused with a special blend from Domaine Clarins, featuring organic yellow gentian and organic lemon balm, along with organic aloe vera extract. This cleanser not only effectively cleanses and gently removes makeup but also leaves the skin feeling soft and refreshed. Its gentle surfactants ensure a thorough cleanse while maintaining the delicate balance of the skin’s microbiota.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Hydrating Cleanser retails for RM125 on Clarins

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Perfect at eliminating makeup residue, dirt, and excess oil, CeraVe Foaming cleanser provides a thorough cleanse without drying out your skin. Infused with three beneficial ingredients – ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, it works to replenish the skin’s barrier and retain essential moisture.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (355ml) retails for RM54.90 on Watsons. 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 Body Shop’s vitamin-enriched facial wash offers a non-drying solution to rid your skin of impurities while maintaining its moisture balance. Infused with nourishing vitamin E and wheat germ oil, its lightweight creamy formula effortlessly removes dirt and excess oil, leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash retails for RM79 on The Body Shop

Nighttime Nourishment Helps Hydrate Your Skin

Since you’ll be breaking your fast after sunset, the evening presents an excellent opportunity to give your skin some extra care. Use this time to indulge in a nourishing nighttime skincare routine. Incorporate products with reparative ingredients like retinol, peptides, or niacinamide to promote skin repair and rejuvenation while you sleep.

Wardah Hydra Rose Moisture Rich Night Gel Moisturizer

Infused with nourishing Rose Oil, the Wardah Hydra Rose Moisture Rich Night Gel Moisturizer boasts a nutrient-rich gel texture that delivers 72 hours of hydration. It actively addresses the impact of daily environmental stressors, ensuring optimal moisture retention for your skin.

Through consistent use, this moisturiser rejuvenates skin hydration levels, providing deep and intense moisture to promote a healthier complexion.

Wardah Hydra Rose Moisture Rich Night Gel Moisturizer retails for RM40.50 on Guardian

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream

A night cream crafted with 98.6% natural ingredients, designed to visibly plump and rejuvenate your skin by morning.

Harnessing the power of topically applied essential omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, this cream aids in restoring the skin’s protective lipid layer. Within its formula, these omegas work to support the skin barrier, thanks to its emollient and moisturising properties, ensuring your skin stays hydrated and radiant.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Omega Rich Cloud Cream retails for RM217 on Kiehl’s

Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream

If your skin is feeling dry and dehydrated, it can lead to premature ageing. To combat this, try out Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream. This cream contains Encapsulated Teasel extract to provide targeted revitalisation and anti-ageing benefits where your skin needs it most.

Plus, the Revitalizing Organic California Poppy extract helps reduce the visible effects of late nights and disrupted sleep, leaving your skin looking smoother, more toned, and well-rested in the morning.

Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream retails for RM320 on Clarins

CeraVe ​​Skin Renewing Night Cream

During Ramadan, it’s common for our skin to feel tight and dehydrated due to changes in routine and hydration levels. To combat this, consider incorporating CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream into your skincare regimen.

This moisturiser is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which work together to replenish moisture and fortify your skin’s protective barrier while you sleep. Not only does it help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it also revitalises tired-looking skin, leaving you with a refreshed and rejuvenated complexion come morning.

CeraVe ​​Skin Renewing Night Cream retails for RM157 on Threebs

Laneige Bouncy & Firm Sleeping Mask

Wake up to radiant, supple skin with the Laneige Bouncy & Firm Sleeping Mask, enriched with a potent blend of Peptide Complex and Peony & Collagen Complex. This overnight treatment is designed to firm and plump your skin while you sleep, leaving you with a visibly bouncy and firm complexion come morning.

Formulated with powerful ingredients, this sleeping mask deeply moisturises, firms, and revitalises your skin overnight. Serving as a slow-ageing solution, it shields the skin from wrinkles and stress, helping to maintain vitality and elasticity over an extended period.

Laneige Bouncy & Firm Sleeping Mask retails for RM160 at Laneige outlets and on Sephora

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

For a natural, radiant glow while ensuring your skin stays protected and flawless, consider Daydream, a tinted sunscreen with SPF50. This multitasking product provides buildable coverage, creating an even and luminous halo over your skin.

Available in 15 flexible shades, Daydream is free from oil, silicone, and alcohol, ensuring a lightweight and comfortable wear for all-day protection and a naturally radiant complexion.

Ultra Violette Daydream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil retails for RM170 on Sephora

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

This BB cream from Shiseido, aptly named BB For Sports SPF 50+ PA+++, offers natural-looking coverage and long-lasting protection. Its advanced formula combines ultimate sun protection with innovative WetForce technology, ensuring powerful defence against UV rays even when you sweat. And with each bead of sweat, its defence grows stronger, making it an ideal choice for active lifestyles.

Shiseido BB For Sports SPF 50+ PA+++ Tinted Sunscreen retails for RM180 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 RM186 (50ml) on Sephora

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50

Without leaving any white cast or making your skin feel greasy, this Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 offers lightweight, glow-boosting protection for daily wear. Combining mineral and chemical sunscreen activities, it provides broad-spectrum defence against harmful UV rays. Infused with soothing aloe and hydrating hyaluronic acid, it imparts a dewy finish while keeping your skin moisturised.

Additionally, niacinamide works to brighten and even out your skin tone, ensuring a radiant complexion. Ideal for everyday use, this sunscreen leaves your skin protected, nourished, and glowing.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 retails for RM182 on Sephora.

Mindful Eating for Healthy Skin

Pay attention to the types of food you consume during non-fasting hours, as diet can significantly impact skin health. Incorporate foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish. These nutrients can help combat oxidative stress and inflammation, promoting a clear and radiant complexion.

Stay Consistent With Your Skincare Routine

Consistency is key to achieving and maintaining healthy skin, especially during Ramadan. Despite changes in your daily schedule, strive to stick to your skincare routine as much as possible. Set reminders if needed to ensure you cleanse, moisturise, and protect your skin consistently throughout the month.

Pay attention to how your skin responds to fasting and changes in your routine during Ramadan. If you notice any signs of dehydration, sensitivity, or breakouts, adjust your skincare products accordingly. And remember to listen to your skin’s needs and make necessary adjustments to ensure optimal skincare during this sacred time.