BEAUTY & FASHION GURU WAFA YAHYA DECIPHERS THE MEANING OF R.A.M.A.D.A.N.
Leading hijabi blogger and uprising beauty and fashion guru Wafa Yahya of the popular style blog Wafa's Diary emphasizes the importance of staying healthy and keeping skin glowing during Ramadan.
“It's certainly possible to keep skin and body healthy during Ramadan, whether you're fasting or not. It's our duty to ourselves and our environment to have a clean body and mind at all times,” says Wafa Yahya. “When the skin and body are nourished, we tend to be more productive in our work and we become more joyful in our relationships and interaction with other people," Wafa adds.
"I've listed 7-easy steps below on how to stay well and glowing during this holy month. These steps can be easily summed up with an acronym of R.A.M.A.D.A.N."
If you're fasting for many hours like I do, it's advisable to drink more water than your usual habit. Water doesn't just refresh the body from the inside, but also cleanses and helps remove the toxins in your body. The skin also benefits from water as it's scientifically proven that hydrated skin is nourished skin.
Ramadan should not be an excuse for you to become lazy and forget about exercise, you can definitely do some before you sleep or when you wake up in the morning. Two to three hours after Iftar, you can indulge in some stretching, run on a treadmill or even jog around the home with family or friends. It's your responsibility to have an active lifestyle as part of a daily habit. You can start with little exercise and increase gradually.
Mediation is sometimes mistaken for exercise but it's a completely different thing.From the old French word ‘meditacion', it literally means thought or reflection. To meditate for even 10-15 minutes a day is healthy for the body, mind and soul.
Try to assimilate silence and cherish that moment every day.You can say a prayer and thank God for all the blessings that we have. You will definitely feel much better afterwards. Do not forget that real beauty originates from the inside out - starting with a beautiful mind.
4) Analyze your food
You don't need to count calories or scrutinize the pH scale of water (although it helps sometimes), most of the time you just need to use common sense.
Stop eating junk food or limit it to once or twice a month, indulging in French fries filled with salt and many chemicals you can't even pronounce or donuts and artificial juices drowning in sugar, will never give you beautiful skin. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure and excessive sugar is the cause of many diseases, such as diabetes. Care for your body and it will take care of you.
Instead of buying boxed artificial juices from the grocery, replace with nutritious fresh juice. You can do your own by mixing your favorite fruits, blend and shake them up and enjoy at home, especially after exercise. It's cheap, very healthy and will help detoxify the body. You can also replace junk food with almonds, spinach, carrots and green leafy veggies as snacks. Fruits and vegetables detoxify your body and are a more natural choice than any medicine or capsules sold in the pharmacy.
6) Armored with a smile
Smiling is free and it's proven to change a bad morning into a glorious one.As you smile, you're actually exercising muscles in the face that will help wrinkles disappear.
Be kind, some people may be facing a hard battle and they just need to walk into your ray of sunshine to feel how contagious happiness can be. Be a radiant fairy and grant everybody the gift of positivity through your smile and your feel good factor. Remember that when you smile, you have the power to break the ice.
7) Nap and sleep
It sounds so simple yet having ample sleep is often taken for granted. The right amount of sleep will improve memory, concentration and immunity. It will also make you glow naturally as you feel re-energized and recharged. Many offices during Ramadan have shorter timings, so you should you take advantage of this, go home and take a power nap after 5pm and wake up before Iftar.
If you don't have time to nap during the day, be sure to get around 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Always remember that health is wealth and following the above-mentioned steps aka R.A.M.AD.A.N., is the only way to keep that glowing skin, no matter what the season.