The harmattan season is here again and now more than ever, you need to have a harmattan skincare plan for your December.
Harmattan is characterized by dry and dusty winds which generally affect our skin in various ways such as dryness of the skin, chapped lips, flaky skin, and more
It is important to be aware and intentional about taking care of your skin during this season, and here are harmattan skincare steps to follow:
Drink lots of water at least a liter and half a day. This helps to flush out impurities and keeps your skin supple. Cut back on caffeine, and carbonated drinks, and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink honey, lemon, and ginger dissolved in warm water to soothe any throat irritation you might encounter.
Moisturise! Moisturise! Moisturise!
After showering, moisture. Your body and hair need a lot of moisturizing oils this season. This is the right time to invest in natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, and almond oil. Also, choose moisturizers with humectant and occlusive ingredients.
Extra tip- Do not wait for your skin to dry completely before using your moisturizer because damp skin absorbs products more readily. Also, choose skincare products that are free from alcohol as alcohol dries out the skin.
Use lukewarm water to shower
Avoid cold or hot showers as hot water strips the skin of its natural oil barrier and causes more dryness.
Get up and hit the gym. Exercising helps you to maintain a healthy mind and body. It is a natural stress reliever, and it releases unwanted toxins from the body, which helps the skin glow.
Use a gentle body scrub to help remove dead skin cells and let your glow shine. Excessive exfoliation should be avoided as this will strip the skin of its natural oil and this lead to dry skin.
Don’t forget your hands and lips
Your hands and lips are most vulnerable during the dry season. We must have lip balm and hand lotion handy. Also, use sunscreen at all times.
Wear warm protective clothing
It is important to keep warm and protect your skin from severe weather conditions during the harmattan season. Also, wear covered footwear to avoid having cracked feet.
Lastly, double cleanse
Even if you do not wear makeup, it is essential to double cleanse during the harmattan season to wash off every speck of dust on your skin.
Follow all these harmattan skincare tips and be sure you are ready for the harmattan season.