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Tips for embracing your natural beauty during Ramadaan

25 June 2015, 11:22Fatima Rinquest-Gierdien

Modern Muse gives our Muslim readers some great tips and tricks on how to look radiant during Ramadaan.

Don’t panic, this month I can help you with a few easy tips on how to make you look and feel good by enhancing your natural beauty.

One of the main reasons we stay clear of makeup during this holy month is not to attract the opposite sex. However, it is permissible to wear kohl, because this is on the outline of your eyes.  Also, by eating a healthy meal, sufficient sleep and trying these natural beauty regimes are important to maintain a gorgeous skin, inside and out.

Your face

Exfoliate your face twice a week, Bharti Vyas suggests her gentle facial exfoliator recipe:

2 heaped teaspoons fine oatmeal

2 teaspoons double cream

Mix ingredients and apply to your skin, gently massage it with the balls of your fingers in light circular movements, then rinse off with water. For a deep cleansing and radiance boost, fill a bowl with boiling water and add the juice of half a lemon and a dash of rosewater. For a lovely treat add rose petals. Hold your face about 20-30 cm above the bowl and place a towel over your head to trap vapours. Steam your face for three minutes. This technique will help open pores and is a great cleanser for your skin leaving it radiant and soft.

Your eyes

Treat your eyes by soaking two cotton wool pads in cold camomile tea, leave on for 10 min and relax, it has a cooling and soothing effect.

Your body and feet

Make your own body scrub by mixing a handful of oatmeal and bran with rose water. Use a loofah and massage into damp skin, moving in small circular motions, this improves circulation for a healthier body.  By exfoliating at least twice a week your skin will look smoother and will have a healthy glow. For a special foot treat, soak your feet in a bowl of luke warm water; add a few drops of peppermint, chamomile and lavender essential oils. A foot pamper helps relax your mind, it’s one of the most loved beauty indulgence.

Your lips

By not wearing lipstick, lipgloss or lipbalm during the Ramadaan, your lips feel dry and might even be chapping.  At night try and slick on a coat of Vaseline or lipbalm to keep your lips hydrated.

General tips

To maintain a healthy skin, try and drink at least two litres of water each day, I know this is sometimes not possible during Ramadaan but try to drink at least two glasses in the morning and two glasses at night.  A cup of boiling water and a few drops of lemon juice can flush out any impurities that may have built up in your system overnight.

During the fast you might not have much time to prepare a well-balanced and nutritious meal, have a look at your local pharmacy to find the best natural source of vitamins and minerals for your daily intake. Having a banana and apple at suhoor/ sehri is a rich source of potassium, an essential mineral that helps balance your body‘s PH and body fluids, it also help maintain your normal blood pressure.

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