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The Harmattan Health Guide

Lifeland Team

Harmattan is a cold, dry and dusty north easterly trade wind that blows from the Sahara Desert over the West African subcontinent.
Harmattan (aka Nigerian Winter) is one of the seasons in Nigeria and more often than not, the northern part of the country is worst hit with the extreme dryness, dust and cold. It usually comes around the end of the year up until February in some cases. During the harmattan, the weather tends to appear harsh to our hair, skin and health. The haziness of the weather may also interfere with your breathing and make you develop cold and sore throat.
We have put together a few tips to help you stay Healthy and Glowing during this season.

1. Stay Hydrated

It is important to increase the amount of fluid and fruits (watermelon etc.) taken especially during this period. Drink as much water as possible. Water will refresh and hydrate you, and ensure that your skin keeps glowing.

2. Take Vitamin C

A regular dose of vitamin C is your best guard against flu and common cold attacks. Ensure your diet include vitamin c rich foods, for emaple - oranges, peppers, melons and tomatoes. This will help reduce your chances of having a ruined Christmas break because of the flu.

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3. Moisturize Your Skin With Natural Oils

The harmattan is cold and breezy and can leave your skin cracked and ashy. During this period, moisture is lost from the skin faster than usual hence to ensure a healthy skin, it is wise to keep your body oil close.
You might want to suspend your regular body lotions and go for something that is Oily (An Example is 'Shea Butter'). These oils will help to moisturize and nourish your skin. And leave it looking fresh and amazing.

4. Invest In Lip Balms Or Vaseline

Do not joke with the main product of the season, the almighty Vaseline. To prevent chapped lips, invest in good lip balm and use it as often as you can. A big jar of Vaseline will go a long way for you and your family.
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5. Wear Warm and Protective Clothing

Wear clothes that don’t expose you to the bad weather, especially in the mornings. Some parts of Nigeria get really cold this season, and this is one opportunity to finally dust out your jumpers and bomber jackets.

6. Pay attention to your hair

Your hair requires moisture to keep it healthy. Even your weaves and natural hair needs some attention too. Hair serum gives weaves some shine and also helps to lock in moisture. you should never leave your hair undone during this season and washing too often will strip your hair of its natural oils and leave it dry and brittle.

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7. Be careful with fire

 Avoid burning indiscriminately and if you have to burn anything, make sure it is attended and well monitored. Most fire accidents happen in this season because everywhere is dry and the fire can travel easily without restrictions.

An extra health tip

Because of the increased dust in the air, asthma patients or those with chronic respiratory conditions should pay special attention to their health and take all possible and practicable measures to reduce exposure to the dusty atmosphere and they should carry their inhalers with them at all times. Cover up with face masks to reduce lung exposure to dust

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