Taking care of your skin this harmattan season is very important, if you want to or are going to look your best at this time of the year.
Harmattan is the driest part of the year in this part of the world. This season, you will regularly experience a cold morning accompanied by dusty breeze. While your afternoons will be particularly hot and could be so unbearable if you do not adequately prepare for it.
However, if you live in Nigeria or are likely to be in Nigeria anytime from now, you should be prepared for the weather that is about to hit us. Although some parts of Nigeria are already experiencing the weather.
This season usually last from December till March of the following year.
You find people with chapped lips, dry skin, dry elbows, chapped feet, cough, catarrh, red eyeballs and a host of many other things. All of which comes as a result of the harmattan.
But not to worry, it’s not as bad as you think it would be if you are well prepared and set to embrace the harmattan season.
Here are a few tips to get you going this harmattan
Stay hydrated- Drink up!
It’s harmattan, yes! Enough reasons why you should drink more and more Water to keep your body hydrated and you skin cool. If you have to carry a water bottle around, do! The weather makes you sweat more and if you do not refill with water you’ll end up feeling dehydrated.
Water helps your body function optimally and cools the heat in your body, caused by the rise in temperature.
Take enough water, it helps you to combat the dryness and rejuvenate fresh skin cells.
Eat balanced diet
You have to care for your body most especially this harmattan, by taking foods that are highly nutritious and beneficial to the body. This season you should cut down your junk foods and if possible do away with caffeinated drinks or caffeine in general.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables they help you keep looking healthy and have a fresh, glowing skin.
To keep the dryness away, you have to apply moisturizer on your skin as soon as you are done bathing. This helps to seal the moisture into your skin and prevent the dryness.
But while choosing your moisturizer, avoid thick and heavy creams. Try to choose a lightweight, hydrating lotion. Heavy creams don’t sink into the skin, they just make your skin look greasy rather than moisturize it.
Some brands contain extra boosts of vitamin C and soy to enhance the skin’s summer glow.
You can also add some essential oils like coconut oil, almond oil, and extra virgin oil. For extra protection against the sun.
Coconut oil particularly, supports new skin formation and acts as a protective barrier against burning.
A lot of dead skin cells tend to form this season, so it is important you remove them regularly, in order to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing.
Use natural scrubs that contain anti-aging ingredients like vitamin C and E, moisturizers such as lavender and argan oil, and exfoliate with things like sea salt and brown sugar to remove dead skin cells on your face, hands and feet as often as you can.
Use lip balm
The most common sign that harmattan s here is you see a lot of people with chapped lips. This is usually because the air is very dry and thus dries out the moisture on the lips . so you have to regularly moisturize your lips or you stand the risk of experiencing this too.
Apply natural balms that moisturize and hydrate your lips, but ensure they are mineral and petroleum oil free.
Coconut butter, beeswax and extra virgin oil are a good option because they seal in the moisture and keep your lips hydrated. Lemon balm, tea tree oil and peppermint gives your lips a soothing relief.
Make sure you carry it with you for quick and easy re-application.
Are you prepared and ready to embrace this new weather?
Feel free to share your usual harmattan skin care regimen or your proposed skin regimen for this year’s harmattan season in the comment section below.