The harmattan season comes with cold and hazy mornings that make you want to spend extra hours under your duvet, and very dry weather which causes our skin to be flaky, dry, and ashy. This is due to absence of moisture in the air as the humidity drops to as low as 15%.
Hydration on a normal day is crucial in your routine for a healthy skin barrier. Thus, during the weather like this, you have to step up your hydration game to keep it intact. This article will show you the perfect way to keep your skin hydrated and radiant this season.
Avoid Hot Water Baths
The harmattan mornings are usually cold which makes it tempting to bathe with hot water that stings your skin. While a hot bath may feel soothing, it causes more harm than good to your skin. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils leaving your skin extra dry and dehydrated.
This can trigger body acne, breakouts and worsen skin conditions. Overall, you may have to deal with extra dry skin this dry season and we do not want that. This season, we are trying to retain our natural oils, not expel them.
A good alternative is to bathe with lukewarm water so you can have your refreshing bath while keeping your moisture and natural oils intact.
The lack of moisture in the air during the harmattan season causes your skin to be dehydrated which makes it dry and flaky. Including moisturizers in your skincare routine helps replenish, hydrate, and moisturize the skin, keeping it soft and glowy during the harsh season.
Your moisturizer must contain some ingredients for proper hydration and protection. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin can help to hydrate your skin. Also, occlusives like shea butter and lanolin prevent water loss thereby retaining moisture. Emollients like ceramides are also great for protecting the skin barrier.
Prioritize Your Hands And Feet
While working or going around for your daily activities, your hands and feet are not exempt from being exposed to dry weather, dirt, and dust. The hands become easily dehydrated which makes them dry and hard while our feet begin to get cracked.
The best way to combat this is to always have a nourishing hand and feet cream with you which you can apply at least twice daily. The creams should contain humectants and occlusives like hyaluronic acid and shea butter for hydration and moisture.
It is common knowledge that drinking enough water helps in maintaining healthy skin. During the harmattan season, the weather is drier, and the body is easily dehydrated. Drinking water helps the skin retain its moisture internally and this improves its appearance.
The dry weather is a great period to inculcate this rule as we need a lot of water to remain hydrated. So, drink water, drink some more and drink enough.
Yes, you need to wear sunscreen during the harmattan period because the skin will still be exposed to harmful UV rays.
However, you may want to include a sunscreen that leaves a dewy finish rather than a matte finish in your skincare routine. The shiny finish helps your skin look moisturized and glowy while still protecting your skin from sun rays.