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The amount of fluid intake that enters the body decreases when fasting. This is what causes the skin to become dry.
But there’s no need to worry, because you just need to find a way to deal with dry skin during fasting.
When fasting, dehydration is a natural thing because of a lack of fluid intake to the body. This condition eventually makes facial and body skin drier and duller.
Especially if you don’t drink enough water at dawn and breaking the fast. Dehydration does not only affect the skin, but the body.
A body that is deficient in fluids not only interferes with the appearance of the skin, but can also have an impact on the balance of the body’s metabolism. If the body lacks water, the digestive process will also be hampered.
In addition, you will be prone to experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, weakness, and blurred vision.
So, to deal with ongoing dry skin problems, there are at least seven ways to deal with dry skin when you are fasting.
1. Drink enough water at dawn and breaking the fast
Illustration. How to deal with dry skin during fasting by drinking enough at dawn and iftar (iStock/Pongtep Chithan)
Even though you have to fast for about 13 hours, you can maximize your fluid intake during the time you break your fast until dawn. This is done to provide sufficient fluid stock in the body to keep the skin moist during fasting.
Not only as a fluid reserve, the incoming intake will help launch the body’s metabolic processes.
You can try applying these tips on drinking water during the following fasts. For example, the recommended drinking water intake for adults is 2 liters or about 8 glasses per day.
Thus, do drink 1 glass of water when breaking the fast, 1 glass of water after Maghrib prayer, 1 glass of water after eating iftar dishes.
Continue with 1 glass of water after the Isha prayer, 1 glass of water after the Tarawih prayer, 1 glass of water before going to bed, then 1 glass of water after waking up at dawn, and 1 glass of water after eating the meal.
2. Limit consumption of oily and high-salt foods
That doesn’t mean you have to avoid it altogether, but it’s a good idea to limit your consumption of fried or other greasy foods, especially during fasting.
Greasy foods such as fried foods can make you feel dehydrated faster than other foods, so this is what causes less fluid intake in the body.
The same goes for foods that are high in salt. Too much salt in the food you consume when breaking the fast and dawn is prone to triggering excessive thirst, so the body will give thirst signals and your mouth and skin will feel dry.
3. Wash your face regularly
For many people, Ramadan fasting will certainly not stop daily activities. Both those who do activities indoors and outdoors are equally prone to experiencing dry skin.
The trick, you can wash your face regularly, but don’t overdo it either. Wash your face a maximum of twice a day every day to clean dirt and sweat on your facial skin so that your facial skin is kept clean and your skin feels fresh.
To avoid dry facial skin while fasting, you should choose soap products that contain linoleic acid and stearic acid so that the skin is kept moisturised.
4. Use moisturizer
Illustration. How to deal with dry skin during fasting by using a moisturizer. (iStockphoto/AndreiDavid)
The way to deal with dry skin during the next fast is to use a moisturizer.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using moisturizer after washing your face, showering and washing your hands. Because, even though water makes the skin feel fresh, afterwards the moisture level of the skin will decrease.
Equally important is being selective in choosing moisturizing products. You need to adjust to the skin type and function. For example, the function of the moisturizer is specifically for the face or body so that the results can work optimally.
As for product ingredients, choose a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, ceramide, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum, shea butter, or colloidal oatmeal.
5. Don’t forget sunscreen or sunscreen
The thing that should not be missed is to use sunscreen as a skin protector against UVA and UVB sunlight.
It is recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and apply it evenly on the skin surface every day before doing activities. Then, re-apply sunscreen to the skin at least every 2 hours.
6. Apply aloe vera on the skin
Aloe vera gel has been known to be beneficial in maintaining skin health and beauty. This is thanks to vitamins A, E, antibacterial compounds, and astringents in it.
These ingredients are not only nourishing, but also have a cooling effect, moisturize, help calm the skin.
You can do this by applying aloe vera gel products to the skin. After that, leave it overnight and rinse with clean water the next day.
7. Consumption of foods rich in antioxidants
Consuming foods that contain antioxidants is no less important for maintaining skin moisture during fasting.
Include foods such as blueberries, avocados, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, broccoli, and nuts on your sahur or iftar menu to keep your skin hydrated.
Those are various ways to deal with dry skin during fasting that you can try.