The Harmattan period usually falls between December and February, and these period is so easy to spot, as these are times we get to experience winter in Nigeria.
This wind usually starts to blew first then its gets extremely cold. The moment you start seeing people with cracked lips and pale body parts (face, hands and legs), then harmattan has hit them hard.
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As a Diva, its vital to take care of your skin as not only should our outfits be on point, but so our skin and hair,.
There are ways to ensure the skin stays in top shape around this period especially with easy DIYs that involve items you can find in your kitchen…or within easy reach.
Check out these 4 Essential Items You Need For The Harmattan Period.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil works well on the skin during Harmattan because it’s easily absorbed. It also has protein and vitamin E that work to keep moisture locked in the skin.
Directions: Apply coconut oil on the body after taking a shower, working the oil on damp skin helps glide on smoothly as well as makes it easy to absorb. Or
Throw some coconut into the microwave to warm up for a few seconds, apply this to the skin in gentle circular motions and allow sit for 15 minutes before taking a shower. This helps the skin retain moisture and won’t allow it dry out.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil is yet another antioxidant packed non-comedogenic option for the skin during the dry season and works brilliant as a nourishing moisturizer.
Direction: Warm up olive oil and apply all over the body in gentle circular motions and leave this on for about 35 for the skin to absorb it (this helps retain moisture). Take a bath afterwards apply light moisturizer as per usual.
Honey works wonders on the skin thanks to its antimicrobial properties as well as the antioxidants it contains. It also keeps the skin soft and smooth.
Directions:1. Rub original honey all over the body massaging gently in short circular motions. Leave this on for 15 minutes then take a shower.
Apply non-comedogenic moisturizer as per usual.
4. Shea Butter.
Shea butter nourishes dry skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin and to help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines.
The Vitamin A in Shea butter is important for improving skin conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. Vitamin F acts as a protector, rejuvenating and soothing rough dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. Additionally, Organic Shea butter has properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites and sunburn.
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