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Caring for the skin this harmattan.

The harmattan season is here again and that of this year is particularly drying and cold. I was watching the news yesterday and saw that eastern part of the U.S.A is freezing too. It’s not just a Nigerian problem. The inspiration for this post came from a man I saw with very dry skin (which may have been caused by harmattan).

I assumed most people know what to do and how to go about it, but it occurred to me that we might not be getting some things right. So I’m giving tips on how to successfully avoid cracked and dry skin, especially during the harmattan season.

1. Hot or very warm water is not your friend. When you have to go out in the morning, which is the time the cold is at its peak, hot water can be very tempting. But it strips your skin of oils, which makes it dry and causes wrinkles in the long run. Even if you can not use cold water, make the water lukewarm.

2. Drink water, lots and lots of it (especially warm water). We all know about the goodness of water and you do need it now to keep your body(skin) hydrated.

3. Bathe twice a day, because harmattan season is not only cold but dusty. You also need to wash your body so your pores don’t get clogged with dirt and your moisturizers can sink in.

4. Moisturize! Don’t just coat your skin with oil, make sure your skin is damp not extremely dry before moisturizing. Be gentle with the towel, pat your body with the towel, and not rub your body with the towel. The best time to moisturize is immediately after bathing because your pores are more open.

5. Eat foods rich in oil supply (but don’t overdo it).

6. Wear protective clothing especially if you have dry skin.

7. Keep shea butter or any other natural oil in your bag, to touch upon parts getting dry.


I'm OnyinyeOlufunmi, a visual artist, writer and psychologist from Lagos, Nigeria.

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