Maintaining your Hair and Skin during the Harmattan Season

Hair and skin care

The Harmattan season is here again (sigh!) Harmattan isn’t too friendly with our hair and skin so we need to take extra measures to combat the effects of the weather.
Here are a few tips to help maintain our skin and hair as much as possible during this season.

Skin and hair

1.Drink lots of Water
Drinking water will help keep your body hydrated and give your skin and hair a beautiful glow. I know you know this already, but it is paramount that you drink lots of water especially at this time. At least eight glasses a day.

2.Consume lots of fruits
Fruits high in water content will help hydrate the skin from inside. Eat fruits like Watermelon, Apples, Oranges and Veggies like Tomatoes, Cucumber, and Carrots. Also ensure you are getting enough Vitamin C, you might also consider taking Omega-3 supplements.

It is best to take your bath with lukewarm water during Harmattan as opposed to hot water which will strip oils away from your skin.
Reduce frequency of hair washing to once or twice a week as frequent washing strips the hair of its natural oils further drying it out.
After cleansing your hair and body, try not to completely dry off so as to retain a bit of moisture.  

4.Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!
After cleansing, moisturise!
Your hair and body need a lot of moisturizing oils this season.
This period is the right time to invest in natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and so on. Apply the natural oils liberally on your hair and skin throughout the season and also invest in a good lip balm to prevent dry, cracked lips.

Moisture cannot get into your skin if there are dead cells on the skin, so there is still the need for exfoliation. Try to avoid the use of harsh exfoliates. Instead, opt for natural ingredients like this exfoliate (DIY beauty: Home-made exfoliator)