Fasting not only comes with spiritual benefits, it has physical and mental benefits, too. Karen Lee Thompson, founder of skincare brand Wo, says fasting can help to “reduce inflammation, improve overall fitness and boost cognitive performance”. However, the fast observed in the month of Ramadan includes inhibiting the consumption of water.
“During fasting, you can experience short-term dehydration, which leads to skin dehydration,” explains Thompson. It’s hard enough to keep your skin hydrated outside of Ramadan, let alone with no water to drink. The key lies in a combative and preventive approach. First up, powerhouse ingredients such a hyaluronic acid is what you’re looking for. Hyaluronic acid works to retain as much water in the skin as possible.