Skincare tips for harmattan season
The harmattan season is characterized by the cold dusty wind.
This dry, cold wind dries out the skin leading to various skin-related concerns such as dry skin, cracked lips, and cracked soles of the feet.
Skincare is therefore very important during the harmattan, so as to maintain supple and healthy skin.
Here are some skincare tips for harmattan:
Effects of harmattan on skin
- Dryness of the skin
- Dried or chapped lips
- Skin allergies
- Skin rashes
- Eye irritations.
Skincare tips for the harmattan season
Drink a lot of water: The dry cold wind during the harmattan leaves the body dehydrated and the skin dried out and dusty. Drinking plenty of water helps the skin to retain moisture and maintain a healthy supple texture.
Use moisturizers high in natural oils: Moisturizer helps the skin to regain the moisture that was lost to the dry windy nature of the harmattan season.
To keep the skin moist and supple, it is advised to use a moisturizer that is high in natural oil such as; coconut oil, jojoba oil and shea butter.
Bathe with warm water rather hot: During the cold windy harmattan season, it is very common to see people bathe with very hot water. This is wrong because hot water rids the skin of its natural ability to retain oil that keeps the skin moist.
Instead of hot water opt for warm or lukewarm water when you bathe.
Reduce the use of air conditioning: Harmattan is characterized by its cold wind, the air condition also cools the air by making it dry and light.
Coupled with the cold air from the harmattan wind, the use of air condition increases the dryness of the skin to the point where the skin can crack.
Keep the scalp, lips, palm, and feet wet always:
To care for your feet, palm and lips, you must moisturize them always. As for the lips, it’s advisable to use a non-sticky lip balm.
Choose the right clothing: Wear natural fibers like cotton and silk, do not use wool as it will irritate the skin and cause a reaction.
Wear face mask: During the harmattan, a lot of dust particles are up in the air. Wear a face mask to protect your nose and mouth when outdoors.
Eat more fruits and vegetables: Adding refreshing and nourishing fruits to your diet should be part of your daily skincare routine.
Fruits such as watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, and coconut can hydrate your skin during the harmattan.