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Harmattan season is upon us and it is known to always come with so much dryness, whitish flakes and dust. While it is a season that takes us away from all the non stop rains and zero sunshine. It is also a gentle reminder that Christmas and the holiday season is fast approaching.
However, the effect of the harmattan season on the skin can really be annoying if one does not take extra care. You don’t want to appear like a flaky dry fish just because you did not take care of yourself. Hence, I will be sharing some useful tips on how to stay ahead of the season and still look awesome, regardless.
#1: Stay Hydrated
The first tip to surviving harmattan is to stay hydrated as the weather can get really hot and humid making the body requires lots of liquid. Such liquid does not include carbonated drinks as this makes your skin dehydrated.
#2: Invest in Warm Clothing
Harmattan season comes with 2 different weather. The early hours of the morning and late nights are always cold while the afternoon are usually hot. In some regions in Nigeria, the weather can really be humid while Northern region is dry, hot and very cold.
That is why it is important to invest in clothing that suit this weather. Opt for scarves, jackets and sweaters and always keep these handy. Also ensure you wear warm clothing to bed for chilly nights. You do not want to catch a cold for lack of proper clothes.
#3: Use leave-in conditioners, Coconut oil and Shea butter
Dry hair is one of the accompanying effect of harmattan both for men and women. If one does not properly take care of their hair, then there’s likelihood of hair breakage or shedding. Leave in conditioners, coconut oil and shea butter is a good investment to help rid your scalp from dryness and dandruff. Men can also use coconut oil for their beards and hair.
#4: Moisturize Often
My dear men friend, this is the time to really invest in a good body cream and actually use them. A lot of men say using body cream is for women but when harmattan really hit you, you’d embrace your cream. It is important to always moisturize your skin before the water dries off completely. Also ensure you get yourself a lip balm that you can carry around to avoid chapped and scaly lips. A good hand cream should also not be found wanting in your cars, handbags and desks.
#5: Avoid Matte or Dry Foundation
Especially for people with dry skin, a matte or dry foundation will only make your face look more dry and scaly. Rather, use more oil based foundation to retain moisture. Also ensure to buy SPF-infused foundation to protect your face from burns and damage.
#6: Be Wary of Fire During Harmattan
Bush burning during the harmattan season needs extra caution as everything is really dry and prone to spread quickly. If you are burning anything during this season, ensure you put out the fire completely before you leave. In addition, always repair any faulty electrical. Do not wait until you see the sparks or burning smell, rather check your appliances from time to time to ensure everything is still intact.
And when any electronic appliances is not in use, make sure you turn it off before leaving home or office.
#7: Wash All Roadside Food Items Before Eating
Harmattan comes with so much dust than you can ever imagine. Always ensure you wash all roadside food items thoroughly before eating. You do not wait to risk your health to any form of airbone food disease when you can avoid it. This include fruits, vegetables and suya, corn, and even pepper.
A number of people love harmattan because of the chilly morning and nights but with it comes several other consequences that requires our attention. Which of the above can you relate to? And what do you love or not love about this season?
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