Harmattan is a cold, dry and dusty north easterly
trade wind that blows from the Sahara Desert over the West African
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
We have put together a few tips to help you stay
Healthy and Glowing during this season.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
7. Be careful with fire
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.
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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