Harmattan is a harsh season amongst harsh seasons around the world. It is rough on our hair, skin and health. There are a few tips and tricks you can implement in your daily routine during the season to protect your skin. Usually when harmattan leaps into town, I quickly change my skin care products.
Gentle Cleanser – get a mild soap to avoid excessive stripping of the skin. Look for soap free or sulphate free product and set aside all the antiseptic or medicated soaps. There is a season for everything and harmattan is not for such. However, do not avoid exfoliating, it is still important to exfoliate dead skin. Otherwise it causes more dryness.
Intense Mosituriser – add an oil to my body lotion, or switch to body butter. If you want to bump it up a notch try Johnsons Baby Gel instead. That is my secret weapon, I use the gel in combination with body lotion. I simply layer it on top my lotion because it makes the gel absorb faster. This wonderful combo leaves my skin soft and supple all day. A good rule is to find a good hydrating body lotion and then add the gel, oil, or butter as a sealant. This will keep your skin moisturised and healthy.
Balm Balm Balm – stay far away from lip glosses especially in the morning. Using those flavoured lip gloss in harmattan has an adverse effect. You need to invest in a very good moisturising lip balm, such as Elemis lip reviving balm, or Carmex. The elegies lip balm is the best darn I ever got from an airline, and we all know and love Carmex. You need something designed to condition and protect your lips. In fact when the going gets tough I use Vicks vaporub on my lips, yes I do, and I love it so if you dare you can try. The truth is the Vicks and Elemis are the fastest at reviving my lips if they ever get too dry, and Carmex is great for prevention.
#About Harmattan The Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March (winter). The temperatures can be as low as 3 degrees Celsius. In some countries in West Africa, the heavy amount of dust in the air can severely limit visibility and block the sun for several days, comparable to a heavy fog. It can even break the trunk of the pine trees, growing in that region, through their dryness. The effect caused by the dust and sand stirred by these winds is known as the Harmattan haze. Which costs airlines millions of dollars in cancelled and diverted flights each year.