The fasting month is indeed a special time for Muslims around the world during the month of Ramadan. The duration of fasting is a whole month. Perhaps for those who have never been or are not familiar with fasting, this can feel unfamiliar. However, no worries!If done regularly and correctly, fasting will not affect our health negatively. But if not, there will certainly be some aspects of health that will be affected, including skin health!
Want to know how to prevent and handle it? Let’s see until the end, Serenitree Squad!
Does Fasting Affect Health?
With fasting, our bodies have to get used to consuming food and drinks at certain hours. This routine is different from our usual habits. Not only that, fasting will go on for a month. Therefore, there will certainly be both big and small impacts on our bodies.
Again, it all depends on how we fast! Do we often skip sahur (early breakfast)? Maybe you’re not drinking enough water or following your doctor’s advice for your medical condition. Well, if you fast irregularly, there is a possibility that your health could be jeopardized. The risks of irregular fasting include:
- Dehydration: Lack of fluid intake during fasting can lead to dehydration. Although it is only allowed during certain hours, we should not forget to drink enough water. Otherwise, it can adversely affect the functioning of organs such as the kidneys and heart.
- Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels can happen to people who are fasting. Especially if you don’t eat the right foods such as high-fat foods or foods that are too spicy. This can lead to weakness, dizziness, or even fainting.
- Dry skin: The health of our skin depends on skincare products as well as the intake of water and nutrients in the body. Therefore, if you don’t eat the right foods or use the right skincare, your skin will become dry and even cracked!
Isn’t the effect scary? But there is no need to worry Serenitree Squad. We can really do fasting in a healthy way without inviting negative risks as above. As long as we have good intentions and stick to healthy habits!
Tips for Maintaining Healthy Skin during Fasting
Dry skin is a common problem that many people experience, especially those who are fasting. This can happen due to lack of water intake and nutrients needed by the skin to stay healthy and hydrated. On this occasion, Serenitree will give you tips on how to stay healthy!
- Drink enough water
Usually, we can drink at any time, but during fasting, we can only do so at certain hours. Therefore, Serenitree recommends that we always drink enough water to keep the body well hydrated. During sahur, drink at least 2 glasses of water, then 4 glasses during iftar and 2 glasses before bed.
- Avoid soaps with SLS content
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is a chemical that can usually be found in skincare products such as soap and other skincare products. This chemical can cause our skin to become dry and irritated. Especially for those with sensitive skin! So we should avoid it and switch to soaps that are more gentle and skin-friendly, like Serenitree Body Wash!
- Avoid bathing with warm water
Using warm water too often can cause the skin to dry out and lose its natural moisture. Occasionally it is fine, but Serenitree recommends showering with cold water or normal room temperature. Aside from being refreshing, cold water can also improve our blood circulation. Don’t forget to limit your shower time because too long can also cause dry skin!
- Don’t forget to use moisturizer
In addition to bathing with a gentle body wash, moisturizing is also useful to protect the skin and maintain moisture levels. Especially if you live in a cold place or often in an air-conditioned room.
- Use a humidifier
Not only skincare, there are some tools that can help your skin stay moisturized. One of them is a humidifier! This tool will keep the air in the room clean and moisturized and prevent your skin from becoming dry.
Fasting While Maintaining Health
All the health risks that we have discussed can certainly be avoided by doing good fasting habits. So you don’t need to worry about fasting! You can still keep your body and skin healthy by following Serenitree’s tips.
Remember, even though sahur starts early in the morning, don’t skip it! An empty stomach all day will invite many diseases besides dry skin, one of which can occur ulcers or other complications. You don’t want the good intentions of fasting to end in disaster due to negligence? Likewise, for iftar, you should consume low-fat foods that are rich in protein, vegetables, fresh fruits and drink enough water. Avoid eating junk food or foods that only “fill” out bellies without providing nutrition.
Fasting is also not an excuse not to exercise! Our bodies must remain active, at least 30 minutes a day. No need for extreme sports, just light ones are enough. This will improve blood circulation and maintain fitness and metabolism. As a result, digestion will always be smooth and your mood will always be good! By regularly doing these simple things during the fasting month, Serenitree Squad will definitely stay healthy and fit. A healthy body is a source of health for the skin too. You can stay glowing and radiant while fasting.
Let’s keep the spirit of fasting! Serenitree will continue to support your skincare needs with safe, natural and effective products.