3days ago I looked out my window and I saw the foggiest fog. I tried to go for a run but the weather was just to harsh.As I stepped out my body dried up instantly like moisture was being sucked right out of my skin, lips became so dry and chapped .I said to myself “the season I dread so much is here” if you stay in Nigeria especially in the north I am sure you can totally relate with my story.
You don’t even need the weather Channel to know that the effects of harmattan can be brutal to your skin. Its low humidity levels result in dry air, which then steals moisture away from the skin every second of every day. Without immediate care, it can leading to cracking and bleeding of skin. The key to protecting yourself during the harmattan season is to lock and seal moisture.
Today I am going to be giving you tips and showing you some products I use and some I recently started using. You can achieve even the healthiest, glowing skin this season. Have no fear.
1. Bath/Shower with Lukewarm Water, add some bath bombs or essential oil(optional)
Stay away from long hot showers and baths. Every time you wash your skin or soak in a tub of hot water you strip away lipids, letting more moisture evaporate and drying out your skin even more. Lukewarm water is the best. Also add essential oil or bath bombs to your water. I use MINT ORGANICS bath bombs and they are divine. Put drops of essential oil or half a bomb into your bath water and it explodes with essential oils, flower petals and tons of fizzy fun. Essential oil can be purchased from any organic store, bath bombs can also be purchased from organic stores, I highly recommend MINT ORGANICS bath bombs.
2. Apply moisturizer
This season, moisturizer is your best friend. I started using KUSH ORGANICS (will do a proper review soon) whipped body butter as my moisturizer, and it’s the best so far, I use it within three minutes of stepping out of the shower or bath. I highly recommend this product. This whipped butter cream helps retain moisture. The texture is perfect- smooth, well blended. It’s thick but melts almost instantly in your hands. I also use it on my lips also as a base before I even apply lipstick, this helps prevent my lips from cracking.
You still have to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. I said earlier that I have a love hate relationship with this weather, It is always very sunny in the afternoon and so dry, never step out of the house without applying sunscreen!
4. Overnight Moisturize
Dryer areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizer (I use my KUSH ORGANICS) and wear socks.
This is very important, ensure you exfoliate at least twice a week to remove all dead skin, I use the KUSH ORGANICS body scrub/polish for now and I see that it is effective, I just add a little to my palm, add a little bath gel bath gel and scrub away. My skin feels new whenever I step out of the bath room. I highly recommend it, you can Find an exfoliating product that works for you and use it on your face and your hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with your moisturizer.
6. Use perfume/fragrance oil
I am a perfume person, I love scents a lot, but I have recently switched to oil fragrance and I think I prefer it. Fragrance oil not only entices you with its smell but it nourishes and moisturizes your skin at the same time. Because it is oil based it doesn’t leave your skin dry. Normal perfumes have alcohol in them and alcohol is a drying agent used by industries all over the world as an additive to make things evaporate very quickly. Unfortunately for you, as the alcohol evaporates, it also takes away the fragrance and your own natural body oils along with it, drying your skin as it goes .So I will advise you get yourself a bottle of oil fragrance, I use AYSHA SENTEUR fragrance oil, one of my favorite brand.
Prevent your eyes from dust particles this period.
7. Stay hydrated
DRINK! DRINK! DRINK!
This is the season of drinking (water I mean) … stay hydrated always by drinking lots of water. Start your day with a glass of lemon and warm water, your skin needs hydration from the inside, out.
I hope these tips help keep your skin healthy and glowing this harmattan season. For further infomation or enquires on how to get some of the products i use,drop a comment.