Written by: PEBBLES
Most have jokingly said that the best time to look for a wife or a husband is during Harmattan because it is the season where lots of people looks scruffy and their true self’s pop out. The season is distasteful but it comes anyway.
Harmattan is a known wind that blows in from the Sahara desert in the December through to February in extra cases. The season is characterized by dry and dusty wind, making mornings and later evenings very cold. Although Harmattan is intense in the Northern parts of the country, it is said that viewing of wildlife during is the best because many of them come out from their hideouts to look for water to survive on.
It can be said that the season is one of the most uncomfortable seasons to experience in Ghana. The mornings through most of the days are foggy and hazy which makes driving a lot tedious and difficult. Harmattan days are coupled with dryness in the throat, dry skin, cracked lips and broken hair plus cracked soles. We are safe to say Harmattan is synonymous to everything dry.
To maintain your looks during this season and not find yourself deteriorating with diverse effects, one is advised to stick to beauty and healthcare routine tips if they want to come out looking as close to impeccable as they have always wished to.
Here is a list of a few things you can do to keep yourself comfortable as Harmattan approaches.
Drink Water Frequently
Drinking water regularly is a good routine for the human body and system but during Harmattan, it is more essential to keep the body hydrated from the dry and dusty winds. To keep the throat from being sored, liquid(preferably water) is needed in the Harmattan season.
Make Washing of Your Face A Daily Routine
As basic as it may sound, lots of people have not inculcated the habit of washing their faces on a daily basis, i.e morning and evening. It is imperative to wash the face even if one is going to have a full shower during harmattan. Simply use a mild soap that forms a foam and washes delicately the face to remove all the heavy layers of grime that made home on the face during the day.
During this season, all you need to have in mind is the fact that your skin is exposed to dry wind and dust which makes it even dryer. Hydrating your skin regularly is a must. You can use any cream that benefits your skin with an addition of essential oils or better still, stick to the use of Shea Butter until the Harmattan season is over.
Frequently use Aloe Vera or Products with Aloe
Aloe Vera is not hard to come by, fortunately for us in Ghana. Aloe Vera has been proven to have an incredible healing agent and good skin protector. And that is exactly what is required to survive these harsh elements that comes with this weather.
Cover Your Hair as much as You can
You definitely do not want to suffer any hair breakages when the Harmattan season is over and to be safer than sorry, cover your hair with a hair wrapper for the ladies and caps or hats for the gentlemen.
Your Lips are Important; Protect Them!
There is nothing as immediately unsatisfying to see as dried lips. It is instantly nauseating but Harmattan could care less about your irk moment. Lots of lips would be cracked, dried, and sore during this season because of all the dusty and dry winds. Be advised to use natural products like raw Shea butter, coconut oil, and gloss frequently.
Protect The Soles Of Your Feet At All Cost
This is a needed skill during harmattan as even on a regular day, we have lots of people with cracked soles tend to worsen during Harmattan. Wash your feet regularly and make sure to moisturize them. You can warm them up in a warm apple cider vinegar and warm water mixture— dead cells are removed during the process. Importantly, form the habit of using foot scrub as well. The thing is the one truth remains that there is no escaping Harmattan. It is necessary evil which will come when it comes and when it does, it does not discriminate.
Importantly, form the habit of using foot scrub as well. The thing is the one truth remains that there is no escaping Harmattan. It is necessary evil which will come when it comes and when it does, it does not discriminate.
You should be safe than sorry by keeping to the above tips. And oh, drink lots of water and MIND YOUR BUSINESS.