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Humidifiers


When we hear the term “New Year,” many of us reflexively start pondering parts of our lives that may be due for a refresh. Could our skincare routine be one of them? The following are some potential signs that it may be time to tune up your regimen. Your complexion feels bone dry. No matter how much water you drink, the skin tends to be most dehydrated and fragile during winter, due to cool temperatures outside, toasty heaters inside, and relatively low humidity. Harsh or fragranced soaps can bring out dryness and rash, which is why it helps to choose a mild cleanser, such as Cetaphil, Aquanil, or a Dove Sensitive skin bar. Brief, lukewarm baths and showers are less drying than long, hot ones. And dermatologists recommend a soak-and-smear approach: Pat the skin dry after bathing, and immediately smear on a rich, hydrating cream to sock and seal in moisture. You may also want to consider a bedroom humidifier – some people find that it improves their dryness. And if there’s a specific zone of your body that’s persistently flaky – such as your nose, forehead, ears, scalp, lower legs, or elbows – consider a visit with a dermatologist, who can check for skin conditions that can masquerade as dryness, such as eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis (what many people call dandruff), or even actinic keratoses (precancers of the skin that can feel like dry, scaly spots).