The Harmattan season is in full swing, and these tips will help you to protect your skin in this harsh weather.

Harmattan typically occurs between November and March, and comes with low temperatures and dry, dusty winds. The drop in humidity can affect the skin, if its not taken care of.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and is made up of two layers, the dermis and the epidermis. It performs a number of functions, including protection, excretion and more.

To make sure you keep your skin healthy during this Harmattan weather, follow the following tips.

Drink a shit load of water

It’s particularly important to stay hydrated during Harmattan. Drink more than the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. Coffee is not advised, but fruits and vegetable are a go.

Moisturize, and with the right products

Given how fast water can dry off your body, it’s important you moisturize as soon as you have your bath. Don’t use tough or high-alcohol containing moisturizers on your skin. These remove the skin’s natural oils, and make you feel the harshness of the weather even more. Use mild products such as oil-based based moisturizers. Better still, use natural oils like shea butter, coconut oils and the likes.

Hot water doesn’t have your best interests at heart

Cold water can be hard to use to bathe in this weather, and most people boil their bathing water before use. However, hot water breaks down the body’s natural oils, and make your defense against harmattan much more harder. Use warm water to have your bath, and don’t spend too long in the shower too.


Exfoliation is such a cool word, and an equally cool thing to do during Harmattan. There are soaps that contain exfoliants, so you could be doing it right while you’re having your bath. Exfoliation helps to remove dead cells from the skin’s outermost surface, ensuring you’re fresh at all times.