Winter is a rough season for our skin.
As the days get shorter, the air gets colder and drier. Winters for me used to mean miserable sinus infections, dry brittle hair, cracked knuckles, and a chapped face. It was no fun. Over the past few years I have learned some great survival techniques to keep my skin and body healthy through the fall and winter months. A good winter skin care approach involves environmental, dietary, and skincare elements. Today I am going to give you my favorite tips for how to create a skin-friendly environment in your home.
Use a Humidfier
Simply adding a humidifier to your home can do wonders for your skin and health. I've know people who saw remarkable improvement in their eczema running a humidifier in their home. I have one that runs in my living room, one in my children's room, and an extra that I can put in my room if I need it to help me get through a head cold.
I personally like warm mist humidifiers, I don't have a big scientific reason for this, I just like them better. Whether you use a warm-mist or cool-mist humidifier be sure to clean it often. Cool mist humidifiers grow mold very easily and need to be cleaned to keep from putting germs in the air. Warm mist humidifiers are prone to mineral build up on the heating element. Simply soak it in vinegar to dissolve the deposits away.
House plants are also a great addition for adding moisture to the home. Good houseplants purify and humidify the air.
Aromatherapy is an essential component of my skincare routine. Did you know that your skin has smell receptors? Check out this fascinating article about what happens when your skin "smells" sandalwood. The essential oils that are dispersed into the air by a diffuser have a direct benefit for the skin's health, but that's not the only reason to diffuse essential oils during the winter. Essential oils also effect your mood, and your health.
I love to diffuse uplifting oils, like citrus and mint oils, to help combat the winter blues, and I keep blends that include strong anti-oxidants like clove, cinnamon, and rosemary, to help keep my family healthy through cold season.
Email me at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about how aromatherapy can keep your family happy and healthy through the holiday season.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
One of the banes of my existence during the winter months is static electricity. By the end of the season I am hesitating to touch door knobs, light switches, or anything metal because I'm so tired of being shocked. I've actually been shocked by the water coming out of the faucet before. It doesn't help that I have two young kids who wear fleece pajamas all winter and love to roll around on mommy. Every time they move it shocks me.
A couple of years ago I discovered the wonder of Himalayan Salt Lamps. Salt lamps help to clean and purify your air by providing negative ions to balance the charge in the air. One of the side effects of this is less static electricity in my home. Keeping the salt lamp close to your humidifier will make both devices more effective.
Stay tuned for my favorite dietary and skincare tips to help your skin thrive this winter.
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