This Is Why You Need A Humidifier In Your Bedroom
There’s no doubt that winter weather can be hard on skin. A drop in outdoor temps coupled with indoor heating results in drier air, which can exacerbate preexisting skin issues, including eczema, sensitive skin, and, of course, dry skin. In addition to following a winter-appropriate skin care routine, you can ameliorate the problem by embracing humidity wherever possible.
“In the winter time when the air is colder and drier, skin can’t hold onto as much moisture as it can with warm air,” dermatologist Neal Schultz explains. “You need to supplement [moisture] because when it gets dry enough, the moisture on our skin evaporates into the air. This is particularly important in the winter. Any way you can add humidity to the air in an environment in which you spend a lot of time is going to be helpful.”
One of the easiest ways to do so is by using a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep. You can expect to wake up with soothed, more supple skin. Not only will the added moisture help prevent your skin from drying out, it may also help you sleep more easily by keeping your nasal passages lubricated for more comfortable breathing. Hello, beauty sleep!
Of course, depending on the climate where you live, a humidifier may be useful year-round. Just be sure to follow humidifier safety. First, avoid making the room too tropical. The Mayo Clinic advises that humidity levels be kept between 30-50% to avoid encouraging the growth of mold. Furthermore, change the water in your humidifier every day to prevent bacteria growth.
For best results, combine your nightly humidifier use with a rich face lotion and body cream. We like Farmstead Apothecary Face Cream and Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Body Butter.