The Harmattan season is a period between late November and early March. It is usually characterized by dry, dusty winds (known as North East Trade Winds) blowing over West Africa from the Sahara desert. In the Northern part of most countries in the Sub-Saharan region, it features extremely cold and chilly temperatures from early evenings to mid mornings.
Here are a few tips to easily navigate through the Harmattan season:
Moisturizer – Shea Butter. The importance of moisturizing cannot be understated during the Harmattan season. Dry, harsh winds tend to easily result in cracked foot and lips if not managed, and this is best done using raw unadulterated Shea Butter. Shea butter works better to lock in moisture compared to lip balms and other oils. The good news is, Shea Butter is a cheap commodity on the market, especially in Africa.
Nasal Decongestant. A good nasal decongestant will help clear colds as a result of pre-disposition to dust and pollen.
Nose Mask/Bandana. Carrying a nose mask or any form of nose protection item will help prevent the inhalation of dust and other particles in the atmosphere. It is a great way to seal-off dust and promote breathing clean air.
Staying away from White or plain colored clothes as much as possible is a good idea during the dusty Harmattan season. Dusty atmospheres cause visible stains and dust on plain colored clothes.