5 Ways to Take Your Natural Beauty To The Next Level This Ramadan

5 Ways to Take Your Natural Beauty To The Next Level This Ramadan

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Ramadan, being the holy spiritual month it is, is usually the time for women to pause a lot of their daily beauty habits, like putting on nail polish, wearing makeup every day, getting their hair done. So why not use these 30 days to enhance our natural look by picking up some new natural self-care habits to help give you that -naturally glowing from the inside- look.

 

Skin Care:

If you’re not going to apply any makeup (or at least not every day) on your face, here are some natural tips on how to keep your skin radiate and glowing all month long.

Oatmeal Face Mask:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in the yogurt and honey.

How to apply:

Cleanse your face, apply a thin layer on your skin (preferably with a makeup brush specifically for your masks for easier application) for 10-15mins and rinse it off with cold water, pat dry with a cotton towel (never rub your skin).

Why is it good for you?

  • Oatmeal: A great exfoliation for your skin and it helps hydrate it as well.
  • Yogurt: Brightens your skin and helps with hyperpigmentation
  • Honey: An amazing anti-bacterial, moisturizing hydrating natural tool out there. Helps your skin lock in the moisture too.
  • Cinnamon: Kills bacteria, helps stimulate blood flow in your skin and gives you that glow.

Do this mask once a week and you’ll see a difference by the end of Ramadan. Finish off with Rose Water as a toner and coconut oil (the tiniest amount goes a long way and it doesn’t make you oilier if you have oily skin, I’m speaking from experience) if you really want to give your skin that goddess healthy dewy glow.

 

Lips:

This natural lip scrub is going to remove dead skin, brighten darker lips, moisturize your lips and even give it a little plumpness.

You’ll need:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Almond Oil
  • Cinnamon

Instructions:

Depending on your container, add equal amounts crushed (fine) brown sugar and almond oil. Add a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and you’re done. If you can find the Brown Sugar with Cinnamon from Imtenan that would be better. Just mix everything together well.

Why is it good for you?

  • Brown Sugar: Its particles are smaller than regular sugar, it’s gentler and softer on the skin but exfoliate very well at the same time.
  • Almond Oil: Moisturizes your lips while it helps brighten hyperpigmentation and gives your lips some vitamin A & E which are anti-oxidant goodness.
  • Cinnamon: Stimulates your blood flow to help plump your lips a bit, making them rosy and full.

How to Apply:

Scrub your lips every day (and night If your lips are really dry & flaky) with this natural scrub and you’ll see the difference from your first time.

 

Body:

Did you know that your skin cells live to only about 2 to 3 weeks? This means that if a month goes by and you don’t exfoliate your body, you’re walking in your dead skin..like a snake that needs to shed! Okay, maybe not so dramatically so, but it’s still not okay. You have to exfoliate once or twice a week depending on how sensitive your skin is.

A great and easy way to exfoliate is by Dry Brushing.

You can buy a dry brush from Nefertari or The Body Shop carries a great one as well.

 

Why is it good for you?

Dry brushing not only removes all your dead skin, it also helps stimulate blood flow and enhance the circulation all over your body. Not to mention, it is a killer way to stimulate your lymphatic drainage system that detoxifies your body and gets rid of all the nasty toxins. Plus it cleans your pores so you’ll have smaller pores and no one says no to smaller pores.

 

How to use:

Just take your dry natural brush & follow the natural contours of your body in the show directions.

5 Ways to Take Your Natural Beauty To The Next Level This Ramadan

 

Nails:

If you’re already giving your nails a break from all the nail polish this month, why not take it a step further and take care of your nail beds as well? Fun Yes!! Your nail beds are actually the home of your nails, so if you have well-nourished cuticles, your nails will grow faster, stronger, and much healthier. It all starts with your cuticles.

How to do Cuticle Care right:

At the salon, opt out of cutting your cuticles. If you don’t cut them as much they won’t overgrow as much. Instead, apply cuticle cream every night before bed or make your own cuticle cream

This recipe is amazing and makes the creamiest more nourishing cuticle butter, your nails are going to thank you forever:

  • ¼ cup Shea butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Wheat Germ oil (or Vitamin E if you can’t find wheat germ oil)

Optional:

  • 5 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense essential oil

Instructions:

Just melt the shea butter over a double boiler or a water bath on the stove, and add oils & essential oils, slowly mix them together. Pour the mixture in a bowl and cool it in the freezer for 15mins (till the top becomes solid) , then blend it with a hand mixer until it thickens into a lotion like consistency…believe me this makes this cream non greasy & almost store-bought like.

Why is it good for you?

  • Shea Butter: Because of its abundance of natural vitamins & fatty acids, shea butter is incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for your skin.
  • Coconut Oil: We could write the whole article just discussing it’s many many benefits, moisturizer, antibacterial, light, absorbs quickly.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Full of anti-aging antioxidants, it also helps lightens your nails so you get that bright white nail tip we mimic in French manicures.
  • Wheat Germ Oil: It’s naturally full of vitamin E which great for cell regeneration making your nails grow faster and stronger, and it also provides the skin with vitamin A, D & B.

How to Apply:

Lather your nails and cuticles every night before you go to bed, for extra moisture locking put on a cotton glove. Make sure to give your fingers a soft massage to stimulate blood flow to your nail to help it grow stronger and faster.

Hair Care:

As long as you’re going to give your hair a break from all the heat and damaging hairstyles at the salon, why not embrace your natural hair look and nurture it back into health with this simple bi-weekly routine.

Before you decide which treatment is best for you, you need to figure out your hair porosity. Basically, your hair porosity defines how big the cuticles in your hair are.

Normal Porosity Hair: Locks in moisture at a regular pace, and it absorbs product fine.

Low Hair Porosity Hair: Lock moisture well, but can’t absorb products easily.

High Hair Porosity Hair: Loses moisture really quickly, and absorbs hair products easily.

How to find out your hair porosity?

Drop a clean hair plucked from the root into a glass of lukewarm water, and leave it for 30 mins. If it floats, you’ve low porosity hair. If it sinks into the middle of the glass, you have normal porosity hair. If it sinks to the bottom, you have high porosity hair.

You’ll need any of the following, not all:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Castor Oil

Instructions:

Low Porosity Hair: Apply the oil of your choice for the desired result you want, you can even combine a few if you’d like. You must apply heat afterward, in the form of a Hot Oil Cap, or a hot towel too as long as 45 mins to allow your hair’s cuticles to open up to absorb all the oil awesomeness. Otherwise, your oil treatment will go to waste. Rinse it out with shampoo, conditioner & finish off with cold water.

High Porosity Hair: Apply the oil of your choice according to what you want to achieve with your hair, you can combine a few. But make sure you rinse it out with shampoo, you have to do an apple cider rinse (just add one Tbsp. of apple cider in a small bottle of water) before the conditioner. This is a must to help close up your pores & lock in that moisture, and finish rinsing with COLD water to further close your hair cuticles.

Normal Hair Porosity: You don’t need any specific instructions, just apply the oil or oils of your choice, and rinse them out like you normally would. No fuss, no muss.

Why is it good for you?

  • Coconut oil: Because its molecules are smaller than most oils, it the easiest to absorb and moisturizes extremely well
  • Almond oil:  It’s full of Vitamin A, E, and omega 3 fatty acids which are great for nourishing and hydrating your hair.
  • Jojoba oil: The Best thing about this oil is that it hydrates both your hair & it’s scalp without leaving any residue. That means it’s great for dandruff, it’s like your natures “Head and Shoulders”.
  • Castor oil:  What more can I say other than it was used by the ancient Egyptians to grow their hair (just check out all the gorgeous headed people in hieroglyphics) but it is well known for its ability to help your hair grow faster & stronger.

Tip: Castor oil is best used with a carrier oil (like almond oil) as it’s too viscous and sometimes tricky to rinse in the shower.

Our souls and connection to God don’t have to be the only thing we take care of this Ramadan. You can easily take care of your whole body, if you do these natural beauty routines you might just end up rethinking makeup & hair salons all together!

An animal lover at heart, Hanaa likes to think she’s the daughter of Mother Earth, with her midnight talks with the Moon and her summer home on Pluto. A soul that believes everything has a heart . Yoga, cats, horse back riding, knitting and books for days are what fills up Hanaa’s days. Founder of Luna Wear (@lunawear.eg) where she knits her connection with the Universe into beautiful handmade bags and more. She shares her favorite DIYs, reviews and healthy way of life on her blog GeminiMoonTree.com

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