How to Avoid Dry Skin & Ashy Elbows During Harmattan


I love it when Harmattan makes an appearance. The dry air means I can wash literally anything and it would air dry in like 5 minutes.

But, the dry air also zaps the moisture out of our hair and skin, leaving us with extra work to ensure our body is moisturized from head to toe.

Usually during harmattan our regular body lotion and hair products aren’t enough, which is why even though we moisturize our hair and skin still looks dry and ashy. And we all know ashiness is not cute!

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Well this year we’re saying goodbye to ashiness and not looking back.

Bye ashy harmattan

Here are my top tips avoid dry skin this season.

Harmattan Tips for Your Skin

Tip 1: Moisturize!

A0C64803-66C9-4B46-8719-6B8A5DF2610EThis goes without saying but, I’ll say it anyway. The best way to combat the dry skin harmattan gives you, is with moisture and this season you would be needing a lot of that.

Your usual moisturizer/lotion might not be enough and you might have to go shopping for another. Brands like Nivea, Jergens, and Vaseline are very harmattan friendly because they’re thick creams and are mostly water based.

Moisturizer harmattan

Pro-tip: buy a portable moisturizer or hand lotion. That way if you have to wash your hands during the day they won’t look ghostly.

Lotion ingredients moisturizerNOTE: When shopping for skincare products, remember to look through the ingredients. Any lotion with the word ‘aqua’ or ‘water’ in the ingredients is a plus. Also, avoid lotions with alcohol in them. Alcohol can be drying.

Tip 2: Seal it in with oil!

Coconut oil in lagos glow by Adeyinka harmattan

Moisturizers and oils make an unbeatable combo. When you layer oils on top of your moisturizer, it acts as a sealant.

Sealants protect and preserve the water molecules in your skin, leaving your skin looking better, feeling softer, and moisturized for longer.

A good oil for sealing in moisture is coconut oil but you can also use any oil of your choice for this.A9B1B487-42D8-4328-BAEF-FD9F6B2F2298

NOTE: You should only use this technique on your body and not your face. Some oils may clog your pores and lead to breakouts.

Tip 3: Hydrating Mask!

Yoghurt face mask p

Tis’ the season to be hydrated. You need all the moisture you can get during harmattan and that includes face masks with high water content to keep your face plump and healthy.

A great diy hydrating mask to try is Yoghurt Face Mask. You could also try a Banana & Honey Face Mask or mix things up with Aloe Vera and Oatmeal.EF00555F-C580-425C-AB1F-DEC98D905494

Sheet masks like the one in the gif above work great too. Sheet masks are generally hard to find in Nigeria but you can find some on Jumia. I recommend the Elf Hydrating Face Mask that I just ordered. I haven’t used it yet, but it costs just  ₦1960 and has great reviews online .

Tip 4: Carry a Lip Balm or Oil With You to Keep Your Lips Glazed


Harmattan or no harmattan, I carry my shea butter and chapstick every where I go (like MTN).

It’s important to keep your lips moisturized and glazed this season to prevent them from cracking and bleeding. Not only that but most times dehydrated/dry lips will end up getting darker and we don’t want that, do we?

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So get a lipsgloss, an oil, a lip balm or whatever you can get your hands on and get glazed.

Tip 5: Don’t Take Hot Showers/Baths


This one is really difficult to do, especially because it sometimes gets cold during harmattan. The honest truth is, long hot showers/baths are not doing your skin any favors.

The hotter the water you’re using to bathe is the more it’s going to be stripping your skin of its natural oils. The more natural oils are being stripped away ,the drier your skin will be. Makes sense?

The wise thing to do, would be to use warm water or room temperature water to bathe or shower.

Tip 6: Drink Water

Water bottle harmatta

This tip right here is important. Hydrating your inside, is just as important as hydrating your outside. You should drink at least 4 bottles of water a day.

Drinking lots of water this harmattan season will help to complement all of the work you’re doing on the outside, to ensure your skin is moisturized and glowing.

Those are all my tips. Thank you for reading! I hope this post was helpful.

I’m thinking of doing a ‘Harmattan Tips for Hair’ post, comment with a heart emoji (❤️) if it’s something you guys would want to see.

Till next time.

Selena Gomez Peace

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