How To Take Care Of Your Skin During the Harmattan

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Harmattan period is usually associated with low humidity
which simply means there is very little amount of water in the atmosphere
compared to other seasons of the year. As a result the weather appears harsh to
our Hair and Skin.
The good news is we can follow this few steps to keep our
skin fresh and moisturized.

Body Skin…
    * Like your
face use mild moisturizing soap or body bath creams.
    * Invest in
body oil to retain moisture on the skin after bath. Do not completely dry your
skin after shower; about 10% of moisture is retained if you apply on damp skin.
You can pour few drops of oil into water before bath if you prefer.
    * Apply your
moisturizing cream or lotion all over your body including your under feet.
Hydrating creams and lotion are best for all skin types this season.
    * Apply hand
cream during the day and night before going to bed. Invest in a hand cream if
you don’t have one.
    * Applying nail
polish can help protect nails from excessive drying and hardening.
Your Face…
    * Use mild
soaps (even if you have oily or combination skin) to wash your face as harsh
soaps and cleansing bars will remove all the oil on your face.
    * Stop the use
of face facial cleansers and toners that contain alcohol or astringents. Use
only mild facial cleansers and toners. Facial cleansers and toners with a
neutral PH of 5.5 are best.
    * Always
moisturize your face after cleansing (even if you have oily or combination
skin).
    * Remember to
invest in a lip balm, lip salve or lip gloss. Always moisturize your lips
before going to bed.                                               
    * LADIES:
Always apply lip balm or lip salve before lipstick and if you prefer lip gloss
apply after lipstick.
    * GUYS: Well
kept lips makes you appear groomed. So invest in a lip balm or lip salve for a
non glossy moisturized lip.
Your Hair…
    *  Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner as
usual.
    *  Don’t dry hair completely to retain some
moisture in hair.
    *  Apply hair oil, pink oils, lotions and creams
to hair daily or every other day depending on hair type and severity of the
weather  
    * Avoid using
hair sprits, gels and strong hair hold. Mild styling mousse can be used for
styling in their stead.
    * Use hair
sprays to add shine to your hair.
    * Scarves and
hats are amazing accessories that can be use to protect hair and still be
fashionable.
Use this tips during this dry season and your skin will
appear fresher and moisturized all day, every day.

Harmattan is usually the coldest season of the year.
Harmattan is an extremely dry dusty wind that blows towards the western coast
of Africa from the Sahara desert, during the months November to March.