Wearing elegantly feminine clothes is only one ingredient in the stew of looking beautiful for us, today’s Muslim women. Going hand in hand with making the right fashion choices is taking proper care of our skin, which is especially important and tricky for those of us who live in arid climates. Thankfully though, there are ways we can keep our skin healthy and looking fresh and relatively youthful no matter our age nor where we live.
The first step to taking care of your skin in a dry climate is understanding that you need to. You must accept that if you allow your skin to get too dry you are also opening the door for it to be cut and scratched more easily than it would be if your skin was properly hydrated. Also, dry skin has a much tougher time repairing itself than does healthy skin. So, first you must acknowledge that following these steps are important.
Next, you must make sure that your body itself is properly hydrated. After all, you cannot have hydrated skin if your body is parched. Drink plenty of water, at least six eight-ounce glasses a day, and avoid drinks that will dehydrate you such as beverages with caffeine. If you really love caffeine at least make the switch from coffee to green tea’ your skin will thank you.
Clean your face and body at least once a day. However, if you are especially active, have been in the sun, and/or wear make up, you will need to clean your skin at least twice daily. When cleaning your skin do not use hot water which will dry out your skin. Instead go with cool or warm water and never use a harsh, chemical-laden soap. Remember that you do not want to remove your body’s natural oils, but rather you want to help them do their job.
After you have cleaned your face and body, dry off gently with a soft towel and then moisturize your body and face with a natural oil such as almond oil or coconut butter. And, finally, the most important tip of all is to use sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and protective layers of clothing each time you go out in the sun. The sun will damage your skin faster than nearly anything else.