Nothing is more satisfying than getting cozy in the wintertime. Curling up in your bed under your favorite blanket and looking out the window to see the first snowfall of the year is hard to beat. With this to look forward to, we also must be prepared for the downside of winter — dry air. No one wants to suffer from a sore throat, nosebleeds, itchy skin, or sinus and respiratory problems.
Using these helpful tips below, you can combat most issues associated with dry winter air.
#1: Use a Humidifier
Since cold air is known to hold less moisture than warm air, the humidity levels naturally drop outside during the winter months. The hot air from your furnace doesn’t do you any favors either, as it increases the dryness in your home. Investing in a humidifier is one of the easiest ways to add moisture to the dry, heated air you breathe. Your skin, mouth, and nose will thank you later!
#2: Hydrate More Often
Many of us forget to hydrate with enough water when the temperature drops. Studies have shown your chances of being dehydrated increase when it’s cold. Ensure you drink plenty of water to keep your skin and mouth hydrated.
#3: Take Shorter Showers
While it may feel relaxing in the winter to take long & hot showers, it can dry out your skin. The shorter the shower and the less hot water you use, the better. Aim to take one with lukewarm water and keep it under 15 minutes.
Keeping your skin moisturized in the winter with an oil-based moisturizer is crucial. The oil helps lock in moisture, preventing your skin from drying. It is also a good idea to apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 before you’re exposed to the dry air outside. Finally, protect your lips from getting chapped with a lip balm or jelly that is non-irritating.Check out our blog for more tips on preparing your home for winter. At Air Care & Canyon Lake Air Conditioning, we’re committed to your comfort — reach out to us today at (210) 794-6859 to see how we can help!