Skip to main content


My mother's people have a saying that the best time to find out if a woman is truly beautiful is during the harmattan season, because you'll get to see her real skin/true beauty.
Happy new month guys! It's that time of the year again when we begin to think of how best to stop our skin from drying out and breaking. You might find this post helpful if you plan on coming to Nigeria/west Africa between November-February.

Click to Follow Me on Bloglovin
People in other parts of the world go through winter, West Africans go through the dry and most times unforgiving harmattan. Regardless, the dry season as it is generally called is my favourite season. From dry skin to dusty looking skin to severe cases of broken skin with sores, if you have lived/live in Nigeria then you most likely have a harmattan skin story.

To prepare your skin for this period, it's best you review your beauty regimen and find out what works best for you, and check in with your dermatologist if you have sensitive skin.
For this season, I recommend subtle moisturisers whether they be drugstore products or luxury moisturisers, this is a very saving element this season.

Moisturisers help to water dry skin. I recommend products from these brands because I have tried them myself: Palmers, Nivea, Dove, Clinique, E45 (which is VERY expensive here in Nigeria), Revlon, La Familia and Vaseline because I've used them. My current favourite is Nourishing secrets glowing ritual by Dove, it is AMAZING (this is not sponsored but if you're reading this from Dove I'm open for collaborations hit me up).

Also, regular Petroleum jellies are okay for locking in moisture.
Oils: I love oils like shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. If avocado, and almond oils are readily available to you by all means go for them because they're GREAT (they're very pricey here in Nigeria). Also, there's this oil my people in southern, and eastern Nigeria make from the kernel of palm fruits it's called ude aki  loosely translated as the palm kernel nut cream/oil. It's hard to come across the original one these days, and has a VERY STRONG smell. It has been used for ages by Nigerian women during the harmattan before the introduction of modern day creams and oils as we know. 
A skincare routine I used in boarding school was mixing a very good oil with my moisturiser, and applying it on my body (I still do this).
The secret to this season is making sure your skin is clean, moisturised and oiled at ALL TIMES even at night after taking off your makeup. Remember laziness is not for the harmattan season, because the last thing any of you beauties need is patched feet or dusty ashy skin.

Also babes, I wanted to let y'all know that your girl's YouTube channel is up and running! I already have 50 subscribers and my goal this November is to hit 200 subscribers, please subscribe and tell your friends to do so as well. The link to my latest video is here

I am not a skincare specialist. The recommendations I made above are based on my personal experience over the years. Also, this is not a sponsored post.

Thank you so much for your constant support here on the blog and on my Instagram account. We've hit the 600 benchmark on Twitter (@lilyofnigeria).
What are your thoughts on this post? What are your go to moisturisers and body oils for cold weather?

All my love,
Alexandra for Lily of Nigeria.

Popular posts from this blog


Quote of the Day : S eek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all other things shall be added unto you. Hi, dolls! Welcome to today's post. How are you doing? Forgive me for the long time no post here on the blog I've been very busy in the non-virtual world. If you follow me on Instagram you would have noticed the hiatus there as well. It's been one thing or the other for your girl Lily of Nigeria , but our God is faithful to the pulling down of strongholds. Aswani is one of the most popular second-hand market (aka bend down select ) in Lagos. My curiosity about Aswani market began last year when someone talked about it in a passing small talk. It wasn’t the first time I had heard of the market. I grew up(for a while in FESTAC town) so I knew the market existed, but I had never been there. I made up my mind to go and see for myself. You know your girl is a curious-kitty with a heart that constantly longs for adventures. So, I discuss

GROWING APART| Tips to Help You Fix Your Friendship

Hello Lovelies, Welcome to today’s post. It rained cats and dogs yesterday so the weather here in Lagos is subtle and cool. What’s the weather like where you live? Today’s post is not a fashion post per se, it’s more of a lifestyle post. If you follow me on Instagram here (please go and do so now), you may/may not have seen my most recent post; where I gave you babes a heads up on today’s post. Please turn on post notification at the top right corner of my page so that you never miss another post from me, the new algorithm is a mess but there’s hope. 1.     Call them : Try to reach out to them. Nothing brings back memories than hearing your friend’s voice. Distance should never be an issue in friendships that mean that world to you; unless you see this as an opportunity to cut off ties with that person. 2.        Make A Plan To See Them Eye To Eye : You can pick a mutual location you both enjoy, or one you have been longing to visit and meet up there. TIP: Y