As the air cools down transitioning in the harmattan season, humidity levels start to drop too. Your skin likes to stay hydrated, so dry windy season can quickly cause unwanted irritation. Lack of hydration can cause dry, cracked skin and inflammation. Dry skin can also further irritate skin problems you already have. If you are acne-prone, you may see more spots pop up while those that suffer from acne, dryness or eczema may have flare-ups when the weather changes.
You should always take care of your skin with a simple routine that works for you. When it comes to weather changes, here are a few tips to help you adapt and conquer common skin issues that may arise.
WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN DURING HARMATTAN
Does your skin look dull and tired during harmattan season? Do something about your beauty and skincare routine to boost a healthy glow.
- AVOID IRRITATING THE SKIN BARRIER: You skin barrier acts as a protective shield. It retains moisture while blocking toxins, viruses, and bacteria, but your skin barrier is vulnerable to harsh drying weather. This makes your skin more sensitive. So be gentle with your skin! Avoid using skincare products that are too strong or products with harsh skincare ingredients. Do not exfoliate too often. Use only lukewarm or cool water on your face. Never use hot water.
- SWITCH TO SKINCARE PRODUCTS THAT HAVE CALMING EFFECTS AND ARE RICH IN INGREDIENTS: Does your face or skin feel tight after washing? It could be that your cleanser is too harsh and has disrupted your skin barrier. After washing, your skin is supposed to feel calmer and more hydrated. Creamy cleansers are better than gel or foam during harmattan season. You should also go for a thicker, heavier moisturizer wih good skin oils in it. If possible, put moisturizer on while your skin is still wet. This will lock in the moisture and it can do its amazing work. Pamper and spoil your skin with a luxurious night skin routine. Oils like Coconut or jojoba do wonders for dry, sensitive skin. You can also use hydrating sheet mask daily as well. (You can get some in beauty stores or pharmacies).
- KEEP USING SPF (SUN PROTECTION FACTOR): Protecting your skin with SPF is very important all year round. Ultra Violet Rays is one of the main causes of hyperpigmentation and premature skin aging. (Wrinkles, dark spots and saggy skin).Use at least SPF 30 to keep your skin protected. Make sure to cover your exposed body or skin, even under your chin!
- DON’T FORGET YOUR LIPS: Seal your lips with a moisturizing ointment to prevent cracked, chapped lips. Avoid licking your lips during this harsh harmattan season, because it can make your lips drier and even cause “lip eczema”. You can also look out for lipgloss or lipsticks with SPF in it. Your lips need protection too.
- PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BODY: What you put on your face is important, what you put in your body is important as well. You might take in less fluids during harmattan season so make sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eating juicy fruits. Fruits are known to provide our body with good hydration and essential nutrients too. On the other hand, totally reduce your intake of alcohol because it can increase inflammation and make skin conditions worse. It also disrups sleep and dehydrates the body, which can take a toll on how healthy your skin looks. The harmattan might be very harsh and windy, but your skin doesn’t have to suffer. These are best skincare tips for harmattan. Keep looking and feeling fresh and radiant with these tips!
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