Dry Winter Skin: Humidify for a Healthy Glow

Dry, flaky skin. You apply moisturizers, creams, and lotions, but the problem just won’t seem to go away. That may be because the problem is more than skin-deep.

Harsh weather and cold wind is often blamed as the culprit behind dry winter skin. While that is not too far from the truth, it is really the lower humidity levels that frequently cause itchy, flaky winter skin. Heating systems in our homes can reduce the indoor humidity levels to as little as 10%. Dermatologists recommend a humidity level of 40% to maintain healthy moisture in our skin, because when the humidity in the air is too low, the moisture in the top layers of your skin is absorbed into that dry air. This leads to dry, itchy skin and cracked, painful lips. Reduced humidity can also contribute to blemishes. When your skin becomes too dry, your body tends to compensate by producing excess amounts of oil. This is to try and prevent any more moisture from escaping, but in turn it can lead to breakouts.

TIP: Extreme drops in humidity can be devastating for the entire household. Wood floors and wood furnishings can dry out and crack. Pets also suffer from dry, itchy skin when the humidity plummets.

So, how do you keep the house cozy and warm, while pampering your skin at the same time? Humidify! By using a simple household humidifier, you can maintain the optimum humidity levels in one room or in your entire home. Humidifiers work by blowing invisible water vapor into your home, which puts moisture back into your air. Once your indoor humidity is restored to a healthy level, you’ll see a difference in your skin because hydrated skin is more plump and elastic. You may also notice reduced visibility of lines and wrinkles. This article by Everyday Health touts the benefits of a humidifier for dry winter skin.

It’s not just your skin that benefits from more moisture. Winter heating can dry out your eyes and sinuses as well. Humidifying can sooth dry eyes and irritated sinuses, reducing nosebleeds and even snoring. And better sleep helps increase your healthy glow! Proper humidity can even help the texture of your hair. We all know how blow-drying can dry and damage hair. Putting lost humidity back into the air will help tame frizz, reduce static electricity, and increase shine.

To up your winter beauty routine, you should definitely add a humidifier to the mix: simple, healthy, and effective. Your skin will thank you for it. AIRCARE humidifiers come in a variety of styles and sizes. Some, like the MESA are small enough for one room. Many others can humidify your entire home, like our MA1201, which was recently picked by Prevention Magazine as their favorite for large rooms.

Choosing the right humidifier is easy, but our Customer Support team is here to help you if you’d like some help choosing a model for your house. Just call 1-800-547-3888 from 7:30am to 5:00pm CST, Monday through Friday.

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