If this is the first time you have heard of Halal Skincare, then don’t worry you are not alone. We are living in a world where beauty standards are so superficial. Beauty has become artificial and so unnatural. Everything is fake, fake lashes, fake hair, fake nails, and Sobhan Allah, a good contour and highlight application can give you a completely fake jawline, nose structure, and complexion.
Allah has made everything diverse and different, we can not even try to deny this. If we just looked at the flowers, for example, we can see very clear proof of it. There are over 300,000 varieties of flowers and each one of them is different, they all have their own unique smell, colours and features, and even different care instructions.
How boring will it be if each flower decided they were not happy as it was and wanted to be like the rose?
If only we could see our uniqueness and self-worth, if only we could understand that, yes, we are different, but we are all beautiful nonetheless.
Why do we work so passionately to look and be like someone else?
When I see my sisters exaggerate their pouched lips, imitate high cheekbones, and use contact lenses for lighter coloured eyes, and so on, it truly saddens me. I feel sad to see them put so much time and effort into something so unproductive. I feel sad to see them trying to disguise their natural beauty. And I feel sad they can’t see how beautiful they really are and be proud of it.
Why not embrace who we really are and be content with what our Creator gifted us with?
Allah SWT is beautiful and HE loves beauty, HE SWT has given Himself the name Al-Musawwir (The Flawless Shaper). HE has shaped the flowers, the trees, the animals, the sky, and the seas perfectly with no flaws. In the same way, HE SWT has shaped us.
In brief, I just personally believe that as believing women, we must find a balance, where we can enhance and appreciate our natural beauty, without trying to transform it into someone else’s perception of it.
Understanding Your Skin Type
As mentioned above, we are all uniquely different and therefore we will each have our own self-care routines. We will all vary on what sort of skin type we have, so, when we determine this, we can then move on to know how to care for our skin in the best way possible.
There are 5 basic types of skin: normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and combination skin. Skin type is determined by genetics, however, the condition of our skin can also vary greatly according to the various internal and external factors it is subjected to.
Normal Skin – Normal skin is well balanced, neither too oily nor too dry.
Oily Skin – Oily skin has a glossy shine and visible pores.
Dry Skin – Dry skin can feel tight and rough and look dull.
Combination Skin – A skin that consists of a mixture of skin types. For example, the skin can vary between the T-zone and the cheeks on combination skin.
Sensitive skin – This is skin that is easily irritated and is more reactive than normal skin. Identifying and evaluating symptoms such as redness, rash, stinging, itching, and burning help in determining a sensitive skin condition. For those of you that suffer from sensitive skin, ALWAYS patch test new products on a small part of your skin first before applying them to the rest of the area, even if it’s a natural product!
When you know your skin type, you will understand which products will be more appropriate to buy and use for your skincare routine.
What is halal-certified skincare?
Firstly, you may be wondering what even is Halal Skincare? Well, gone are the days we thought it was only food that was referred to as halal. Now it includes makeup, cosmetics, nail varnish, deodorant, and much more!
- Halal skincare products use natural plant-based ingredients
- Halal skincare products should be free from any animal by-products originating from animals that have not been slaughtered under the Islamic laws of slaughter.
- They should not contain any harmful ingredients such as parabens, aluminium and so on.
- Even the equipment and materials used to produce Halal Skincare products have to comply with Islamic laws.
- According to some but not all Islamic schools of thought, even alcohol should be avoided. (There are some differences of opinion in regards to what types of alcohol can or can’t be used) For more details on this you can visit islamqa.org
Natural & halal skincare products together with the growing trend for organic, vegan, and cruelty-free products are making companies such as INIKA and PHB Ethical Beauty, (who have to adhere to these principles to become Halal certified), very popular and in high demand. Making these products available to all ethical consumers and not restricted to just Muslims. Actually, I think this is how halal skincare emerged and became a popular niche of its own.
Why is Natural & Halal Skincare Important
Using Natural & Halal Skincare Helps Protect The Environment
The processes associated with manufacturing traditional skincare products put a great deal of stress on the environment. Natural & halal skincare products are better for the environment than synthetic skincare products as synthetic chemicals have the potential to harm animals and plants. Should the synthetic chemicals used in these unnatural products seep into the ground, they could have some bad consequences on surrounding ecosystems let alone ourselves.
The Qur’an describes how Allah (SWT) created Adam:
“We created man from sounding clay, from mud moulded into shape…” (15:26).
And, “He began the creation of man from clay and made his progeny from a quintessence of fluid” (32:7-8). Thus, human beings have a fundamental attachment to the earth as we were created from it.
The extraction of certain ingredients such as aluminum, lead, etc requires mining, and mining causes so much pollution & ultimately leaves a negative carbon footprint on the environment at large.
Natural skin care products don’t cause any harm to the surrounding plants and animals because they don’t use such ingredients, and so don’t necessitate mining.
The most popular Hadith on environment states “The earth is green and beautiful and Allah has appointed you his stewards over it” which reiterates the Quran teaches that human beings have been given the responsibility of guardianship over the natural environment.
Halal & Natural Skincare Is Safer
When you compare natural & halal skincare products to synthetic skincare products, you will see that natural skin care products are much safer.
When a skincare product is applied to the skin, the ingredients contained within it slowly evaporate into the skin and sink into the bloodstream. If the ingredients are beneficial, they will have beneficial effects, however, if they are harmful, this will also have harmful effects on the body. So, by using natural skin care products, you are essentially avoiding any negative health effects in the long run. This will result in you feeling better and looking better.
It was related on the authority of Abu Said Sad Bin Malik Bin Sinan Al-Khudri (R.A.) that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said:
“There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” (Ibn Majah: 2341)
Natural Skincare Consist Of Beneficial Nutrients That Are Kinder To Skin
When you compare the ingredients of natural skincare products to synthetic skincare products, you will notice the two are so different, you wouldn’t even think they were similar products.
Synthetic skincare products will contain ingredients such as Triclosan, Glyceryl Stearate, Dye #4, and Petrolatum. These ingredients are made in labs, and, while capable of performing their function, can be very harmful to the body.
Natural skin care products on the other hand are free of irritants & packed with vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Resveratrol, alpha-hydroxy acid, and much more, all of which are beneficial & kinder to your skin. You will find familiar sounding ingredients such as Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut, Avacado, Lemon and Apple Juice.
One of the main problems with synthetic skincare products is the harmful ingredients they include and they are not usually suitable for sentive skin. Certain ingredients contained within these products can cause everything from swelling to redness, itchiness and allergic reactions. For this reason, they are better avoided altogether.
Ingredients to look out for include parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, propylene glycol, and triclosan. However, it’s important to note that other synthetic chemicals can cause problems too.
My Halal & Natural Skincare Routine
In the morning I wash my face during wudhu but don’t actually do my skincare routine until after I’ve prayed. This way I don’t need to rush it too much. So, after previously washing my face, I cleanse my face with some micellar cleansing water applied to cotton wool or a reusable pad. Micellar water is a skincare product that promotes skin hydration & helps maintain a clear skin complexion. Using it to cleanse your skin will help remove dirt & oil your face accumulates throughout the day. It’s great because it’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s also portable, convenient, and easy to use.
I then follow this up by toning my face with some Rosewater. I use organic Moroccan Rosewater from Morocco, however there are a few organic options of Rosewater on Amazon. There are many benefits to including pure Rosewater into your skincare routine:
1. It balances your skin’s natural oils.
2. It can help reduce the look of temporary redness.
3. It naturally hygrates your skin.
4. It has antioxidant properties that nourish and protect the skin.
5. It is suitable for all skin types with completely natural rose fragrance.
6. It helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles and diminish the look of existing ones.
7. It helps unclog pores to create a smoother looking appearance.
8. It minimizes the appearance of large pores.
9. It temporarily tightens skin.
10. It provides a clean base for nutrients.
To conclude my skincare routine I moisturise my skin with organic Moroccan Argan Oil. I apply 2 squirts of the oil to the palm of my hand and then warm it up between my palms until it spreads along my fingers and fingertips. I massage some oil onto my nails and along the outer parts of my hands. Then I start to massage my face with the oil while applying it to the whole of my face and neck. I also make sure to wipe over my eyebrows and eyelashes. At night I do this for at least 5 minutes.
Massaging the face not only relieves tension but also boosts circulation, gives your skin an instant lift and glow, in addition to helping your products absorb better.
Note: You wouldn’t need more than 1 squirt if you don’t want to cover your hands and nails as well.
My Top 3 Natural & Halal Makeup Products
My daily makeup routine is extremely simple, I only need 3 main products and that’s it.
- Organic Moroccan Loose Kohl Powder (Black). If you find this is hard to find, Ecco Bella have something very similar.
- INIKA Halal Mascara (Black)
- Sampure Eyebrow pencil (brown) (Unfortunetely this isn’t available anymore, however, INIKA and e.l.f are good halal options too.
If I’m going out and about I would use a PHB Ethical Beauty BB cream and they also have an awesome argan concealer. One of the many benefits of PHB Ethical Beauty is that you won’t be overwhelmed with too many options. I would highly recommend you give their website a visit, Insha Allah you won’t regret it.
Where Can I Find The Best Halal Skincare Products?
When I had originally set up Azizati it was to provide organic, clean, and natural beauty products to the ethical & health-conscious audience. Making available Moroccan-inspired halal skincare, beauty & health products was what I enjoyed. Unfortunately, when I found myself no longer being able to afford this, I instead found contentment in providing a platform where I could at least share all the natural and halal cosmetic and beauty products and brands available in the market.
Here at Azizati Health & Beauty, you will find a variety of halal, organic, and natural skincare products and brands available on Amazon. As an Amazon affiliate participant, I do get a small commission from each product you end up purchasing through my website, however, I would like to assure you that this has in no way affected my sole and initial sincere intention for this platform.
Feel free to also read my article highlighting the Top Halal Cosmetic Brands.
Let us know which natural or halal skincare brands you like to use and why!
Wassalam alaykoum wa rahmatullahi wa barakettu