Mark the holy month by sharpening up your skincare regime and detoxing your dermis.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it relies on a steady stream of nutrients to keep it strong and supple, so it’s inevitable that a major shift in your diet will show up on your skin, right? Not necessarily. Fasting doesn’t mean that your skin has to starve and it shouldn’t be an excuse for general misbehavior.
Breakouts, blotchiness, patches of dryness, sensitivity, and a dull, lackluster complexion are common side-effects, but you can compensate for your dietary deficit by adding nutrition boosters and powerful antioxidants to your daily regime. Energize sluggish skin cells, quench sun-soaked skin, and hydrate from the outside in with souped-up topical ingredients. It’s time to dig in.
Gently buff and brighten your complexion using raw (edible even) superfoods. While fruit acids do away with surface debris (which would clog up hair follicles if left to their own devices), blueberry puree, brimming full of antioxidants, quells the skin-suffocating effects of the sun.
Lavender is often overlooked for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but given the chance to flaunt its credentials—it won’t disappoint. This topical tonic dials down redness and takes the sting out of acne rashes.
In need of an energy shot? Pep up dull, sallow skin with this supercharged serum (a celeb favorite). It absorbs in seconds (no filmy residue) and saturates the dermis with powerful collagen-boosting nutrients, while complexion-brightening Coffee Arabica Seed Extract and glycolic acid target hyper-pigmentation.
This feather-light moisturizer is like a glass of water for your skin. It’s been beefed up with a generous dose of barbary fig oil, which contains a higher concentration of vitamin E and fatty acids than argan oil. So as well as upping hydrating levels, this highly efficacious formula helps skin retain its own moisture by bolstering its barrier function.
Top up on antioxidants (normally found in vegetables, seeds, and meat) with this skincare over-achiever. It primes skin to withstand the daily stresses of pollution and air-conditioning, and boosts tissue regeneration to smooth over fine lines and even out skin tone. Plus, unlike other oils, it does its job and disappears, without leaving a greasy sheen.
This potent gel-cream is formulated with grape-seed polyphenols (found in fruit) to help skin stockpile elastin and collagen reserves. It’s damage limitation for tired eyes and parched mouths. Dark circles are instantly dialed down and lip contours smoothed over.
The ingredients in this foodie facemask could be mistaken for a supermarket shopping list; ginseng, mint, dill, parsley, cranberry—when in fact it reads like a roll call of all that’s good for your skin. This clay skin-soother blitzes pesky blotchiness and calms breakouts to revive even the dullest of complexions, keeping skin plump and hydrated throughout the day.
Drip-feed your skin throughout the day with this refreshing spritzer. It gives seriously good glow and, as well as soothing rose and aloe vera, it contains marshmallow, a natural humectant, to prevent moisture loss and dehydration. It’s the perfect handbag essential for a heatwave.