Stay Moisturised In Harmattan

Lip-gloss-1WHITE flaky skin, ashy knees and elbows, cracked, dry and blistered lips, lots of hair breakage, coughs, colds and sneezes- the freaky January harmattan weather is on us again.

  Freaky as Mother Nature has made it, this dry humid weather appears to be receding now, but one can never predict how long it would linger.

  The low humidity and dry air of the Harmattan season is usually harsh on our skin and hair, but we can take certain beauty steps to always stay fresher and moisturized in the humid weather. 

  Here are some simple beauty tips to beat the harmattan:

A mild moisturizing soap or body bath creams are better for the skin. Keep away the medicated soaps for now.

 Lavish with body oil after bath to retain moisture on the skin. Beauty experts advise that you do not completely dry your skin after shower because about 10 per cent of moisture is retained if you apply moisturiser on damp skin. If you prefer, you can also pour few drops of oil into water before bath.

  Some people swear by local Shea butter (ori) for its moisturizing and healing properties. Slather it all over your body, including your feet, on its own or mixed with your hydrating moisturizing cream or body lotion. 

 Invest in a good hand cream and carry it along with you every time to use when the need arises.

 Even if you have oily or combination skin, always use mild soaps to wash your face to retain the oil. 

  Do not use 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. 

  Invest in a deep conditioning lip balm, lip salve or lip gloss and always moisturize your lips before going to bed.                                                

  Always apply lip balm or lip salve before lipstick and lip-gloss after lipstick.

 Men, too, can invest in a lip balm or lip salve for a non-glossy moisturized lip.

   Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as usual, but do not dry it completely to still retain some moisture.

   Using hair sprits, gels and strong hair holds will hurt your hair more this season.  Use mild styling mousse instead. Shea butter also works wonders as hair cream.

  Protect your hair with scarves, hats and wigs. Some people also weave with attachments to shield their natural hair from breakage. Try any of these beauty options and still look fashionable.

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