Learning from Muslim beauty

Lately, it isn’t uncommon to see beauty products labeled with promises such as sulfate free, paraben free, all natural, organic, and vegan. These all seem to be a wonderful breakthrough in skincare. However, as I shared in my earlier post Are your Natural and Organic Skincare products faithful?, it is still important to remain skeptical of these labels.

The newest trend seen popping up on cosmetic packaging is Halal, which means “permissible” in Arabic. Halal refers to everything lawful under Islam. Ingredients such as pork and alcohol are considered “haram” or forbidden. Many organic products on the market are found to contain trace amounts of haram ingredients, while stating to be completely organic and vegan.

With such strict standards, many Halal products are made by Muslims to assure they remain truly Halal.

Along with the religious aspects, the philosophy of natural and holistic beauty is something deeply rooted in Muslim culture and traditions. To Muslim women, “nature comes first, and sustainability and ethical sourcing of ingredients is one of the most important factors when it comes to beauty products,” an expert says. Halal ingredients very much focus on natural and recommended ingredients.

And no wonder why homemade skincare is common in Muslim beauty. They contain fewer ingredients and you know exactly where those ingredients come from! I wanted to delve further into Halal skincare and find out some staple ingredients to be incorporated into homemade skincare recipes.

Some prominently featured Halal ingredients used in homemade skincare include:


Cucumber is well known for its soothing properties. It is most commonly seen used by placing slices over the eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. However, cucumber can also be used in moisturizing and revitalizing facial sprays. This water filled vegetable will leave your skin rejuvenated and glowing.


Honey is a common ingredient found in masks that work especially well for problematic skin types. Honey is used in skincare because it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties help to improve the skin over time, soothing breakouts while moisturizing the skin.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has recently become well known as a jack of all trades. It seems that natural skincare enthusiasts across the globe have hopped onto the coconut oil train. It can be used as a makeup remover, deep cleanser, moisturizing mask, and night cream for ultra-dry skin. Be sure to incorporate it slowly into your skincare routine as longtime wear can clog pores for some. Try using it as the first step in your double cleansing ritual to remove makeup, dirt, and grime at the end of the day. Once you gently wipe off the coconut oil, cleanse with our Gentile Castille Soap Face Wash.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil isn’t just for cooking anymore. Use this antioxidant rich oil as a moisturizer or mask. The antioxidants help combat daily environmental pollutants. Olive oil easily penetrates the skin, adding moisture and booting elasticity. You can use it a base for an exfoliant or all on its own to cleanse the skin.

Our Muslim skin lovers, please share any beauty tips your traditions have.

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