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. Not being able to wear makeup during the fast can be daunting, especially when you are a makeup addict.
One of the main reasons we stay clear of makeup during this holy month is to tone down our attractiveness to the opposite sex. However, it is permissible to wear kohl (eyeliner) on the outline of your eyes.
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By eating healthy meals, getting sufficient sleep and applying these natural beauty tips we can maintain a gorgeous skin, and stay beautiful – on the outside and inside.
Exfoliate your face twice a week. Bharti Vyas suggests her gentle facial exfoliator recipe:
2 heaped teaspoons of fine oatmeal
2 teaspoons of double cream
Mix ingredients and apply to your skin, gently massaging 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 – and for a lovely treat add rose petals. Hold your face about 20 to 30 cm above the bowl and place a towel over your head to trap the steam.
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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.
Treat your eyes by soaking two cotton wool pads in cold chamomile tea. Leave on for 10 minutes; 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 be smoother with a healthier glow.
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For a special foot treat, soak your feet in a bowl of lukewarm 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 popular beauty indulgences.
By not wearing lipstick, lipgloss or lipbalm during Ramadan, your lips might feel dry and chapped. At night, put on a layer of Vaseline or lipbalm to keep your lips hydrated.
To maintain a healthy skin, drink at least two litres of water each day. I know this can be difficult 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, but have a look at your local pharmacy to find the best natural source of daily vitamins and minerals. Having a banana and apple at *suhoor is a rich source of potassium, an essential mineral that helps balance your body‘s PH and body fluids. It also helps maintain your normal blood pressure.
*Suhoor is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed by Muslims before dawn during the holy month of Ramadan.
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