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Not a few people feel dry skin and lips during Ramadan. This may be due to dietary changes and lack of fluids while fasting. Even so, you don't need to worry because there are various easy ways to deal with it
Although it has many he alth benefits, fasting during Ramadan is also a challenge. Some people may become dehydrated because they have to endure hunger and thirst for approximately 13 hours. Dehydration is what triggers the skin to become dry and dull, to chapped lips.
Proper Care for Dry Skin and Chapped Lips
The following are some treatments for dry skin and chapped lips that often occur during fasting in the month of Ramadan:
1. Protect the body from the sun
One way to take care of your skin is to protect it from direct sun exposure which can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems.
Limit sun exposure from 10 am to 4 pm to avoid overexposure to ultraviolet rays. You can also wear clothes that are more covered to protect your skin from direct sunlight, especially when you are outdoors.
2. Use a skin moisturizer that contains SPF
Using a moisturizer can help with dry skin problems. Make sure you use a moisturizer that suits your skin type. It is recommended to use a moisturizer with SPF 15 or 30 so that the skin remains safe when exposed to ultraviolet rays.
3. Take advantage of petroleum jelly
If you have dry skin, use a petrolatum or petroleum jelly-based moisturizing product. As a moisturizer that can inhibit the evaporation of water on the skin's surface, petroleum jelly can prevent your skin or lips from drying out.
This slightly viscous and odorless substance has various benefits for dealing with problems on your skin, such as moisturizing dry skin and healing minor skin wounds and burns. Not only that, petroleum jelly can also be used for chapped lips.
To prevent facial and body skin from drying out, especially during the month of Ramadan, you are advised to apply petroleum jelly after bathing. Meanwhile, to treat chapped lips, you can directly apply it to your lips.
4. Meet nutritional needs with he althy food
He althy nutritional intake can help overcome dry skin. Therefore, you can eat lots of whole grains as well as vegetables and fruits, especially those that can prevent dehydration, during sahur or iftar.
Avoid foods that contain carbohydrates, such as white bread and white rice, as well as foods that contain saturated fat to improve skin he alth and help maintain youthful skin.
5. Drink enough
To avoid dehydration which can cause dry skin, especially in the month of Ramadan, make sure you drink enough water at suhoor, during iftar, after evening prayers, and before going to bed.
As another option, you can also meet your fluid needs by consuming fruit juices, such as avocados which are rich in he althy fats and various important compounds to help protect the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet rays.
Besides the treatments mentioned above, there are also other ways you can do to keep your skin he althy in the month of Ramadan, namely by avoiding the use of bath soap products with high detergent and perfume content. This is because products like this tend to make the skin more dry and irritated.
If you experience severe dry skin and lips during Ramadan, you can try to prevent and treat it with the ways above on a regular basis. However, if the complaints of dry skin and lips do not improve, you are recommended to consult a dermatologist to get the right examination and treatment.