WITH a week to go before Hari Raya, it can be a stressful period of preparation that it's easy to neglect self-care when we need it most. Regardless, if you dread the prying eyes of your mak ciks and pak ciks during your next balik kampung trip, it's not too late for a glow up.
To "glow up" is essentially to transform into the best version of yourself – inside and out – be it by keeping fit or getting a makeover. Read on to find out how you can feel fabulous and turn heads at the next open house visit.
Although it's the fasting month, it's important to stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids during Sahur and throughout the night and avoid beverages such as coffee and sugary soft drinks.
Your body isn't the only thing that requires hydration – your skin needs it too! Dehydration and lack of rest may lead to worn and weathered looking skin. You don’t want Mak Long to comment on your skin looking like dried dates now, do you? So don't skip on skincare and slap on that moisturiser and face cream. Don't forget to slather on some sunscreen too – your skin (and your future self) will thank you for it later in life.
Make time for exercise
There's no reason not to keep fit this Ramadan. It's a good time to lose weight and get into that special outfit you have been waiting to wear during Raya. Keep it light by sticking with simple routines such as cardio and yoga before breaking fast.
Save high-intensity trainings such HIIT and strength training until after Iftar. Your body is still weak and doing such heavy exercises before meals will only send shock to your body. Remember to take it easy this month – you don't have to compete with the Abang Sado at the gym, just two to three workouts per week should suffice.
Hunt for the perfect baju raya in advance
You should know better not to leave Raya shopping down to the last minute. Shopping with friends and families should be treated as a therapeutic experience rather than a chore. Get it over and done with the soonest possible so that you'll have one less thing to worry about.
And this year, why not challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone? While it's safer to stick with plain pastel colours, make it a goal to experiment with bold hues and eye-catching patterns – think Neelofa’s bright orange suit (minus the dance, of course!). Most importantly, find a dress you feel good in and the confidence will shine naturally.
Perfect those selfies
The first day of Raya will be the day of the big reveal – when you announce your glow up transformation to your Facebook friends and Instagram followers – so it's important to make a lasting impression. Therefore, you should study your best feature beforehand, embrace your flaws, and find the perfect selfie angles that'll highlight the new you. Who knows, you might gain brand new followers right after.
It doesn't hurt if you share the spotlight with the other family members too. The festive season is the best time to take Raya wefies when all the clans get together in matching and colour coordinated outfits.
Eat in moderation
It's easy to succumb to temptation when there is so much food to buy at the Ramadan bazaar. While it's okay to treat yourself to a piece or two of murtabak or kuih tepung pelita, remember not to overdo it (it is the fasting month after all).
With all the bazaar food and buffets going on, it can be quite a task to maintain or even lose weight. Just make sure to have a balanced meal, get regular exercises and avoid anything laden with fat and sugar as well as opting for complex food such as brown rice, vegetables and lean meat in your diet.
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