It’s that time of harmattan season in Nigeria and very soon it’s effect will start showing on our skin.
The fluctuation in day and night ambient temperatures coupled with cold-dry wind and heavy dust particles tends to show adverse effects like cracking of our lips, hair breakage and dryness of the skin. Those with extremely dry skin are at stake here.
For me, the one good thing I love most about harmattan is that it resets my skin back to normal. Like, those blackheads reduces, dark spots fades out on its own with little or no skincare products used. I just focus more on moisture during harmattan.
It’s important during this season to pay lot of attention taking care of our skin. Here are tips that will help you in maintaining a healthy skin during harmattan;
Stay Hydrated and Eat Hydrating Foods – Staying hydrated in harmattan is as crucial as it is during other weathers. Staying hydrated helps get rid of toxins in the body and keep your skin supple. Consuming fluid-filled foods like orange, oatmeal, watermelon, strawberries, yogurt or foods and supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids is a great way to sneak in more water into your daily diet.
Modify Your Skincare Regimen – Reduce skincare products that contains alcohol and fragrances as they can further dry your skin. Use cream based products in order to help retain your skin natural oils.
Have Bathe With Lukewarm Water – It may be tempting to use hot water and spend longer duration but your skin will be much better using lukewarm water and spending lesser time in the shower.
Also, try not to completely dry your skin after shower.
Moisturize!!!! – Apply moisturizer on a damp skin. Opt for cream based moisturizers with humectant (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, Shea butter etc.) as they provide adequate amount of moisture to the skin. The ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream, are great facial moisturizer. Organic Shea Butter is quite good for your body.
Don’t Ignore The Lips – Our lips are quite important as the skin. Try lip oils, Shea butter, moisturizing lip balms and gloss to keep the lips from cracking.
I recently received a lip box from Unbranded on Instagram, lip kit is bomb 🔥.
Hand Moisturizers are Necessary – Constant washing of our hands especially with Corona virus out there will cause the hands to get dry compared to other parts of the body. Applying a hand cream after each washing can help prevent hands from being dry.
Don’t Skip Sunscreen – Don’t be fooled by the ambient temperature fluctuation or the cold weather, the sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage.
Whether you’re out just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in this weather as it is in the sunny weather. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
Consult Your Doctor If Need Be – Consult your doctor if you encounter excessive dryness or irritation. You can also get an OTC cream such as Hydrocortisone cream. If you still don’t see an improvement after this, you might need to see your dermatologist.
Wear Comfortable and Nonirritating clothes – wear light, breathable clothing materials o eat your skin before wearing other type of fabrics.
Personally, I usually skip toning especially in the morning. I use a moisturizer toner at PM if I have too. My morning routine during harmattan is either Cleanser-Essence-Serum-Moisturizer-Sunscreen or Cleanser-Moisturizer-Sunscreen.
To a maintaining a glowing and healthy skin during harmattan 🥂❤️