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Dry skin, wet weather

Dry skin, wet weather
A humidifier puts moisture back into the air in our homes and offices that has been sucked away by our heating systems. The result? Better skin. (Image: Tommy-Gene Harlow / Seattle Refined)
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This is a tough time of the year for our skin. Although the days are getting longer, and it's just starting to warm up, we are still not quite to the spring/summer season.

As the seasons change, so does our skin. This time of year skin seems to be so dry. How can this be when it is so darn wet outside?

You can thank our heating systems. While they do keep us toasty warm through the winter and take the chill out of the air in early spring, there's one major drawback: drying out our skin.

I was complaining about my "lizard legs" to a client recently, who suggested a simple fix: use a humidifier.

The heat causes the moisture in the air to evaporate, which leaves very little moisture in our indoor environment. The result is dry skin. This is compounded by the number of months we (especially here in Seattle) have been indoors in these climate-controlled little worlds.

But could it be as simple as a drugstore humidifier?

Here in Seattle we are all very aware of what we put into and onto our bodies, so I figured this could be a great “natural” option. I did go out and purchase one, and within just a few days my skin had radically changed. I couldn’t believe it! Even if I forgot to put on lotion, my dry skin was simply transformed.

It never hurts reach for a heavier moisturizer (for face and body) in the cooler months, but a humidifier will help to put that much needed moisture back into the air. I put mine in the bedroom while I sleep (pretty much the only place I am at home for any concentrated amount of time).

Another great thing about humidifiers is that there are so many around the twenty-dollar range, and function in a warm or cool mist (either is fine).

You'll thank me when shorts and sandal season is here, and your skin doesn't look like the desert!

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