Winter is Coming: Tips on surviving the harmattan season


The air smells like harmattan already. Although it hasn’t appeared fully, signs are beginning to show that our ‘Nigerian winter’ is here.

Let’s not get started on the clogged nostrils, the dusty environment, dry and flaky skins for those who have refused to moisturize.

Some people may not experience the severity of the weather due to the overcrowding in states like Lagos, but people in other states like Plateau and Kebbi may experience extreme weather.

Thus, to survive harmattan this year, you need this basic starter pack:

1. Wear protective clothing

Please stay warm during the harmattan season. Wearing clothing that would keep you warm doesn’t have to be boring; you can be fashionable with your apparel and still stay warm. It is a win-win situation.

2. Moisturize your skin

Like we say in Nigeria, ‘Cream your body!!!’

Do not go around with dry and flaky skin. Make Vaseline or any other petroleum jelly your best friend this season.

Get a lip balm, lip gloss, or chapstick and apply it to your lips to prevent chapped lips.

Guys, owning a chapstick or lip balm doesn’t make you gay; if anything, it shows you are concerned about your health.

3. Wear your nose masks

Imagine asking you to wear nose masks, say about two years ago; it would have sounded so weird. But nose masks have now become our new normal, and I guess it is a good thing.

Apart from the fact that nose masks protect your mouth and nose from the apparent (COVID-19), nose masks also protect the mouth and nose from dusty air and particles, which are vehicles that aid cold and catarrh.

4. Avoid dehydration

Drink a lot of water in this season. Stay hydrated at all times because your body needs a lot of fluid intake at this time.

5. Take fruits

Not juice, not soda, but natural fruits. Regular intake of fruits will help build your immune system to fight the ‘cold virus again.’

Use these tips, and you are on your way to having a beautiful harmattan festive season.