The end of the year is around the corner. Whooooo!!!!
The excitement of Christmas and hopes for the new year is already in the air. Unfortunately, harmattan is also in the air.
During this festive period, we all want our skin looking soft, fresh and glowing, but the harsh winds of harmattan makes that a difficult task.
The harmattan season is gradually setting in so it is important to consider effective ways of maintaining that glowing skin we’ve all worked hard for, but first you should know what harmattan is.
The Harmattan is a season in the West African subcontinent, which occurs between the end of November and March. It is characterized by the dry and dusty wind which blows from the Sahara Desert over West Africa into the Gulf of Guinea.
Research has shown that the one thing that suffers most during the harmattan season is the skin. Studies has also revealed that dry weather wreaks havoc on our skin by sapping out moisture and nutrients leaving it dry, cracked and sallow looking. When these things are allowed, the skin loses its natural elasticity and wrinkles much faster.
Here are some tips to help you maintain your skin’s glow during the harmattan:
- Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Yep! You read that right, and do take note of the extra emphasis I used because I am sure you do not want to go out with cracked lips.
I know a girl who rarely drinks water. If you fall into the same category as she does, now is the best time to fall in love with drinking water, lots and lots of water. Remember it would be easy for you to get dehydrated during this period because of the combined effort of the sun’s intensity and the dry wind.
So, consume twice as much water as you would normally do. Keep a bottle of water beside you at all times. You can also hydrate by taking fruits that have high liquid content like watermelon.
- Wear warm and protective clothing
You do not want to expose your skin to the harsh bite of the sun. Keep your mini-skirts and sleeveless tops away for the time. If you’ve got a Caribbean or a baseball hat, this is the right time to rock them.
Always have a lip gloss with you to prevent cracked lips. Go for moisturizing creams and soaps to keep your skin and face moisturized. Also pay attention to your hands and feet.
This helps you scrub off dead and dry skin cells and allow new skin cells to come up. Use a gentle body scrub. Be careful not to overdo it, you should exfoliate twice in a week, anything more than this might strip your skin off its natural oil.
- Eat healthy fats
The need to keep warm could also be achieved by consumption of healthy fatty foods. Go nuts, seeds and vegetable oils, fish, corn and avocados.
- Bathe With lukewarm water
The mornings are usually super cold and having a shower with cold water is not a good idea. However, hot water is not also an option. You might be tempted to use it but resist it with all thy might. (I’m beginning to sound like a pastor). The dry weather is already stripping your skin off its natural oil, you do not want to help it.
- Take night baths
No matter how tired you are after the day, try not go to bed without taking your bath. The harmattan weather is extra dusty, you’ll have dust clinging to your skin and clothes. After a long day, make sure you shower.