Tips To Looking Supple During The Harmattan Season

The Harmattan season in the West African region is characterized by dry, cold, and dusty wind from the Sahara Desert. The skin is generally affected the most because it is the most exposed. Some common effects are tight and dry skin, skin allergies, skin rashes, dull hair, cracked heels, and chapped lips.

The harshness of the season makes it expedient to be intentional about taking care of your skin. Here are steps to follow on how to take care of your skin.

Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water or fluid to keep your body hydrated since the rate of dehydration is faster in this season. This will also help to flush out impurities and keep your skin supple. Drink honey, lemon, and ginger dissolved in warm water to soothe any throat irritation you might encounter.

Drink lots of water.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  Your body and hair need a lot of moisturizing oils this season. It is recommended to leave your body damp before moisturizing since damp skin absorbs products easily. Natural oils, lightweight hydrating moisturizers, humectants, and occlusive moisturizers are highly recommended. Protect your face by cleansing regularly using a wet towel or an alcohol-free face cleanser and moisturizing frequently. A lip balm, hand sanitizer, and hand moisturizer will always come in handy.

Exfoliate. Regularly exfoliating the skin with natural scrubs which contain vitamins C and E will help remove dead and dry skin. This will leave the skin fresh, moisturized, and breathable.

Exfoliate the skin to remove dead and dry skin.

Baths. Avoid hot showers as hot water strips the skin of its natural oil barrier and causes more dryness.

Wear protective clothing. Due to the cold and dryness, the use of warm or thick protective clothing will ensure that the skin is protected from the harshness that comes with harmattan. Wearing of nose masks will also protect the nostrils from dust particles, especially when going to places prone to dust. This will help reduce cold and also avoid triggering any asthmatic attacks or allergies.

Choose a hydrating foundation.

An extra tip for my ladies. It is advisable to avoid makeup but if you must wear makeup, prep your skin with a good moisturizer. This will avert any incidence of applying makeup on a flaky skin. Switch your matte foundation for a hydrating foundation that settles smoothly over your skin. It is recommended to also choose a lip gloss or a lip balm over lipstick.

Wiping off your makeup at the end of the day is necessary to avoid acne inflammation.

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Priscilla King

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