Warm air can hold more moisture than cool air. In winter, the cold air that penetrates into your home from the outside has low humidity, which means it carries very little moisture. You turn up the heat in the house, which increases warmth, but does not increase the amount of moisture in the air. Because the humidity in winter is too low, the small humidity around is quickly sucked into the air. Moisture will also evaporate from your body, leaving your skin, nose and throat dry.
Cold air absorbs moisture from the skin, which is why young, smooth hands look old in winter. Taking a hot bath can make the skin dry and [itchy] by removing the natural oil layer that preserves and protects the skin’s moisture, itch.
Your lips will be beaten in winter. The cold outside and the dry air inside will make your lips dry and cracked.
Don’t suffer in dryness. Here are a few tips for taking moisture home to neutralize your body:
1. Use a humidifier
Running a humidifier at home will add moisture to the dry, heated air. Moist air will help keep your skin, mouth and nose lubricated and help prevent those nasty static shocks. Your goal is to achieve a comfortable home humidity level of 30% to 50%. However, do not turn the humidifier up, or you may develop another problem-mold, fungus, dust and other small animals. Make sure that the humidifier is kept clean to prevent dust and bacteria from spraying into your house.
2. Seal your home
Prevent the cold and dry air outside from coming to visit you. Isolate your home so you don’t have to turn on the heat. Close any air leaks in doors, windows, lofts, and crawl spaces by sintering, spray foam, or weather stripping. Sealing air leaks will also help you save on monthly heating bills because you will feel warm and comfortable enough to close a few gaps in the thermostat.
3. Hydrate often
Drink water all day to keep your skin and mouth moisturized. Don’t like water? Try adding a little tea or juice to increase the flavor.
4. Shorten the shower time
On cold winter mornings, a long hot shower may feel great, but the heat and steam can really dry out the skin. Lower the water temperature to warm-not hot-and use mild soap. Go out immediately after cleaning or within 15 minutes, whichever comes first.
Rub a thick oily moisturizer on the skin every day, especially after bathing or bathing. The oil in the product locks the moisture in the skin and prevents it from drying out. Moisturizers come in different forms, but ointments will provide the most protection to dry skin. Before going out, be sure to apply SPF 30 moisturizing sunscreen to exposed skin. Also apply lipstick or petroleum jelly to prevent cracked lips. Use saline (salt water) drops or use a cotton swab to gently rub a little oil jelly into each nostril to help keep the nasal cavity moist.