A typical Nigerian would understand how hard it is to cope during the dry season because of the dreaded harmattan,for with harmattan comes cold and dryness and brittle skin and chapped lips. Growing up, I hated harmattan,I do have dry skin and the season only made it worse. My skin cracked, it was painful and I don’t like cold weather so harmattan is still a no for me.
If you can relate to this or have dry skin, these tips should be helpful:
- Up your water game
There is no better way to hydrate your skin than from the inside. Water flushes out toxin,boosts the immune system and improves skin complexion, so why not drink more? Whatever quantity of water you drink per day, add a litre to it. You would see rapid changes and feel more energized.
- Some more oil
Oils are really good moisturizers and they contain healing properties as well. They provide a good balance for your Ph level and constant use would blend out harsh lines and reduce wrinkles. This is a really good one for me as it nourishes my skin, olive and sesame seed oils are my favorite,but you can use whichever suites you. I’ve been doing this regularly with step 1 and I don’t need to do 3 anymore.
- Try the LOC method
LOC stands for Liquid-Oil-Cream in that order. The LOC method is widely known in the natural hair community and is effective in combating dryness and retaining moisture. My hair thrives on this although my hair recently has been favouring OLC(oil-liquid-cream) and LOL(liquid-oil-liquid) method. I’m yet to understand it, but that’s story for another day Lol. LOC is a simple process, leave your skin damp with water after bathing,massage skin with oil of choice then seal with a cream or butter( shea butter) or a lubricant as well(eg petroleum jelly). This would leave your skin moisturized all day long.
- Use a mild soap
Number 1 to 3 would be in vain if your bathing soap contain harsh chemicals. They strip your body of nutrients and leave your skin dry and could cause long term damage. Ingredients like parabens, sulfates, fragrance, triclosan etc should be avoided. Embrace natural based ingresients,they would soothe, refresh and leave your skin moisturized and nourished.
Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful, till next time.