Harmattan, the cool dusty air that ushers in the feeling of Christmas…
Finally the weather has changed. I dunno about you, but I definitely prefer this cool dry air to the nasty heat we were dealing with even though we all know how unfriendly the harmattan can be. For instance, If you’ve got an injury, it might take a longer time to heal, People are prone to dry and cracked skin and lips, sore throat etc..
That being said, I decided to share a few things I use to combat the weather.
Coconut oil as we all already know is the next best thing after the Blue pack MnMs. It helps in moisturising the skin and hair. Sometimes, I pour a few drops in my bath water. This helps lock in the moisture. I also use it as my body oil or mix it with my body cream and as you all know, I’m a naturalista so It comes in handy. A few drops of coconut oil mixed with a lil bit of castor and rosemary oil with water in my spray can and I’m good to go. Helps reduce breakage as well as leaves my scalp and hair moisturised.
Bye Bye Matte lipsticks, hello Lipgloss. Lipglosses and Lipbalm are lifesavers or should I say lip savers. They keep the lips moisturised and soft saving one from dry and cracked lips. I love the eos and the Victoria secrets cos apart from the shine, I get a lil color (from some of them) and they all have a yum taste.
Dry season or not, I always have hand cream in my bag. I like the Neutrogena hand Cream for dry skin cos it’s oil based, but couldn’t find any so I opted for this one. It’s been sitting in my wardrobe for a while now.
On days I’m not wearing my glasses, I like to wear my contacts. In my experience, contacts tend to make the eye balls seem bigger and for this reason, it’s easier for dust and particles to find their way in. Shades help protect my eyes from such and I get to look cool at the same time. Lol.
My ever faithful Dequadin. The minute I feel a sore throat coming on, I take this. It helps relieve me of the itchy dry feeling in my throat due to the dry weather and any other time.
The importance of water cannot be over emphasised. It helps hydrate the body and skin and is also good for the hair. Due to the dryness of the weather, I tend to drink lots of water. On a good day, I drink close to 5-6 of these bottles. Not enough if you ask me.
Finally, sweater and socks. Generally just to keep warm and to keep my feet and body from turning white (even though they are well moisturised). The sweater also helps on days I don’t feel like ironing my top. Hahaha.
And it’s a wrap guys. What are your harmattan essentials?