Skincare: Tips For Healthy Skin This Harmattan

Your skin is large and in charge, being the largest organ in the body has to count for something, right?

December comes with the countdown to Christmas, time off work and festive food but you also get cracked lips and drier, ashy skin because of the harmattan season this time of the year.

As your healthcare buddies, we cannot have you going through that, so here are some tips to help:

Bathe with lukewarm water:  It is a no brainer that a cold shower is not an option for most people as the mornings are cold enough already.You should not default to hot water either though as it strips the skin of natural oils resulting in dryness. Skin care experts recommend short, warm showers instead.

Moisturize: As much as you can,moisturize with lotion right in the bathroom to help your skin lock in the moisture. Stepping out will dry up your skin quickly!

Stay Hydrated: Hydrate, hydrate,hydrate! Drinking enough water is key at this time – up to 3 litres a day. Cut back on caffeine especially coffee and cola soda and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Drink honey & lemon dissolved in warm water to soothe any throat irritation you might experience.

Exfoliate: Use a gentle body scrub to help remove dead skin cells and let your glow shine. Don’t overdo it though, need to preserve your skin’s oils.

Remember your hands and lips: Your hands and lips are vulnerable during the dry season. You need to take extra care of these areas as we tend to swipe out the moisture from them rather frequently when we eat or use the toilet. Make sure you have lip balm and hand lotion handy.

Choose safe products: Opt for mild products and avoid high alcohol or astringent cleansers or washes as they will strip your skin of its natural oils.

Do you have any other tips? Please share with us in the comments below.

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