Best ways to keep skin glowing during Harmattan
By Rita Chioma
Finally the Harmattan is fully here regardless of the recession. We are happy it came, but with Harmattan comes dry and lack-lustre skin that easily comes off as dehydrated.
This time of the season records ‘dry winds’, dust and a drop in temperature which all takes it toll on the skin so much that if not paid attention to, leaves the skin irritated, excessively dry and no one wants that.
There are ways to ensure the skin stays in top shape around this period especially with easy DIYs that involve items you can find in your kitchen…or within easy reach.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil works well on the skin during Harmattan because it’s easily absorbed. It also has protein and vitamin E that work to keep moisture locked in the skin.
Directions: Apply coconut oil on the body after taking a shower, working the oil on damp skin helps glide on smoothly as well as makes it easy to absorb. Or
Throw some coconut into the microwave to warm up for a few seconds, apply this to the skin in gentle circular motions and allow sit for 15 minutes before taking a shower. This helps the skin retain moisture and won’t allow it dry out.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil is yet another antioxidant packed non-comedogenic option for the skin during the dry season and works brilliant as a nourishing moisturizer.
Direction: Warm up olive oil and apply all over the body in gentle circular motions and leave this on for about 35 for the skin to absorb it (this helps retain moisture). Take a bath afterwards apply light moisturizer as per usual.
Honey works wonders on the skin thanks to its antimicrobial properties as well as the antioxidants it contains. It also keeps the skin soft and smooth.
Directions:1. Rub original honey all over the body massaging gently in short circular motions. Leave this on for 15 minutes then take a shower.
Apply non-comedogenic moisturizer as per usual.