And just like that, the Harmattan season is over. Goodbye to nice, cool weather. Goodbye to a ‘nip in the air’ and cold, snuggle-friendly nights. Hello to stifling heat and sweaty faces. Nobody likes the heat and while there’s nothing we can do about the weather outside, we can make you look and feel better. Read our tips below:
Let’s be honest, you’re going to be sweating a lot in this weather! Our advice? Wear cotton clothes as much as possible or at least clothes that are made mostly of cotton. Cotton clothes are breathable so they provide better air circulation and will actually help your body cool down. Also, cotton is a lightweight material; it allows light pass through which means you won’t feel the heat as much. Avoid fabrics like polyester and nylon because although they feel light and airy, they hold in rather than release water. This means they will hold on to your sweat which can lead to terrible odors, chaffing and rashes.
Also, if you wear loose clothes instead of tight fitting ones, there will be ample space for air to pass through and you will feel much more comfortable during the day.
Many people skip applying creams and moisturizers in this weather because it is too hot. This is actually not a good idea because it will cause your body’s oil glands to become more active, which can lead to breakouts, acne and uneven pigmentation. The key here is to find light-weight moisturizers, instead of the greasier formulas. Avoid anything with petroleum jelly for your skin and especially your face. Look for creams that have hyaluronic acid in them as they keep your skin hydrated without making it greasy and sweaty.
ANTIPERSPIRANTS NOT DEODORANTS
They are not the same thing. Antiperspirants reduce sweat on the surface of the skin by plugging the top of the sweat glands. Deodorants, on the other hand, do not reduce wetness; they only reduce the bacteria that thrive in sweat and make you smell. Your armpits are sweating that much probably because you have been using a deodorant instead of an antiperspirant. Next time you go shopping, be sure to note the difference. There are products that are both an antiperspirant and a deodorant so you can just go with those.
Skin-care is essential in this weather. Skin tends to be more prone to breakouts in hot weather and skin issues, such as heat rashes can develop. Starting up a cleansing routine will help prevent a buildup of sweat and dirt that leads to a rashes and pimples. It is important to choose a gentle cleanser that won’t dry out or irritate your skin. If you have been using soap, switch to liquid and foam cleansers because they are generally gentler on the skin. Exfoliating is also very important in this weather because excessive sweating causes dirt which clogs pores. Using only soap might not cleanse you face properly. Exfoliation unclogs your pores and rids them of dirt, so your skin feels cleaner and will look more radiant.
Don’t be amazed when you find out that the headache you have been having for 2 days is as a result of dehydration and not because the sun is too hot. Proper hydration cannot be overemphasized. Drinking water optimizes blood pressure, regulates body temperature, lubricates joints, moves waste out of the body, and aids in digestion. With increased temperatures comes increased water loss from sweating and evaporation, so it important to replace fluids fast. Our brain is made up of around 73% water so if you don’t keep up your water intake, your thinking and cognition can suffer. Hydration also keeps your skin healthy in hot weather because it treats it from the inside out. Keeping the body well hydrated can prevent skin from succumbing to the drying effects of heat. Don’t wait to feel thirsty before you drink water as thirst is a sign of dehydration.