My Healthy Habits; Modest fashionista Nawal Sari shares her beauty, health and wellness rituals

Modest fashion influencer Nawal Sari share how she’s maintains her creativity while in lockdown, the app she uses to get a good night’s sleep and her go-to Sunday night ritual. 

In our editorial series My Healthy Habits, we chat to inspiring individuals about their health and wellness routines, where they share everything from their go-to ways to wind down, midweek meals and fitness routines. Teresa Palmer gets real about being a mother-of-three with no time for a beauty regime, Pip Edward’s goes for tacos on a Sunday and Magdalena Roze says the cure for everything is an ocean swim.

Nawal Sari (@nawalsari) is an Insta fashion influencer, with over 140K followers. Her stunning imagery focuses on modest fashion with a modern twist. Here, the full-time university student shares her relatable wellness routine, and how she manages to handle the stress of her studies whilst continuing to keep her followers engaged and entertained.

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Outline your morning ritual for us…

As a full-time uni student I don’t have the ‘aesthetically pleasing’ routine I wish I had! I usually wake up and freshen up, pray, take some vitamins and then will always make a coffee and catch up on socials and emails.

Outline your night time ritual for us…

I’m most likely sleeping late and planning on watching YouTube or a good Netflix series in bed. After putting on PJs I’ll do my skincare routine – which is very moisturising. I love to lather on facial oils and moisturiser as I do have dry skin, especially as it gets colder. A fave that helps me relax, and also helped my skin so much, is the Go-To skincare Face Hero Oil.

First thing you do when you wake up?

Sadly out of habit, I check my phone. I’ll quickly check my texts and notifications.

Last thing you do before you go to sleep?

I’ve been using the ‘Calm’ app to help me sleep. I usually always need a sound to help calm me down and distract me from 2am overthinking. LOL. I usually alternate between a story on the app or city rain sounds, it’s super therapeutic.

How has that changed during isolation?

I’ve been finding it much harder to set a routine for myself and feel tired at night. Since I’m not that active during the day or I’m on my laptop to study or work, it’s harder to unwind. I’ve definitely had to be conscious of the times I’m consuming sugar and caffeine as I’ll get super hyper at night.

Talk us through your supplement intake

I’ve been super into the JS health detox+debloat and hair+energy vitamins, I take them daily. During quarantine, I’m spending less time outside and being active so I want to make sure I’m making up for that.

What is your weeknight dinner philosophy?

I’m half Lebanese so my families are massive foodies. My mum will make a variety of food weekly. Sometimes I’ll cook and make pasta, or even Turkish food. I had bruschetta for lunch and dinner the other day.

What health/body treatment is a regular for you and why?

Nothing is regular but I do enjoy a massage, especially after my assessment week. I’m super slouchy at my desk half the time.

Do you practice mindfulness?

I definitely try to. In Arabic there is a word for destiny or fate, ‘naseeb’, I’ll often remind myself that my current situation is ‘naseeb’ and what will happen is how things are meant to unfold.

Do you practice meditation?

As a Muslim I pray five times a day, it’s definitely a form of meditation for me. It allows me to detach myself from the busyness in the day whilst also being appreciative for all things I have.

What’s your approach to more alternative forms of beauty and wellness practises?

I’ve never tried them. I usually resort to a yummy candle to burn at night, it helps me unwind in a space I’m studying, working and sleeping due to quarantine.

What’s your current approach to beauty?

I’ve definitely been lazy with my skincare routine as I’m hardly wearing as much makeup, but it’s also allowed me to play around with makeup and feel more excited to be creative.

What do you do to help your body recover after a workout/hectic week?

Foam rollers are my favourite. They’re convenient and help with back/neck pain I get from my constant technology use.

Talk us through your fitness approach

I’m new to the workout/fitness world. I’m finding some YouTube workouts are more suited to my lifestyle and interests. Chloe Ting workouts were trending, and I definitely know why after trying her workout stupidly at 10pm!

Do you regularly listen to/like any wellness podcasts?

My favourite podcast is ‘Arab-American Psycho’ by a fellow modest fashion influencer, she interviews so many cool people and I find it inspiring to see women connect especially. I also love ‘The Receipts Podcast’, they’re super honest and genuinely themselves. They also answer viewers dilemmas which are super insightful.

What’s your trick to making it through the 3pm slump?

I enjoy making a cup of tea and playing with some makeup. Because I’m not in the environment to film or shoot much outfit content, makeup has become a therapy for me.

An average Sunday night looks like…

I honestly enjoy ordering some bubble tea and watching some Netflix or YouTube videos. I’ll usually do this with my family, sister or my partner and I find it helps get me ready for the next day.

Who do you look up to in the wellness/mindfulness/fitness/health/beauty world and why?

I love local Aussie girls like @flexmami and @rowisingh, they embody female empowerment and also are super diverse – which I love as I know so many young Aussie girls will connect with them. I also love intentional girls such as @char_baker and @honey.dew.helen; they’re so talented it’s inspiring.