These days, cold dry weather and Retin A tends to make my skin feel dry and looked rough. When I measured the humidity in my bedroom, I found it was less than 25%. For easy breathing and soft skin, experts recommend an indoor humidity of 30-60%– which would explain my stuffy nose and dry skin in the morning. I began searching for ways to add moisture to my home. I’ve often read that putting a bowl of water on the radiator will relieve dry air.
To check its effectiveness, I filled up a soup bowl with water and put out my hygrometer. The first night was especially cold and I opened up the radiator full blast. The water in the bowl soon turned hot and I wondered if … Continue Reading… →
These weeks of cold and snowy weather are especially hard on my Retin A -treated skin. And its just not the weather outside that’s causing problems. Apparently the low humidity in my home is making things worse. The radiators are going full blast 24/7 and as they provide heat, they are evaporating the moisture in every room.
When I learned that indoor heat was drying out the air, my first instinct was to buy the biggest, baddest humidifier that I could carry home. But these devices are not without problems of their own. Overly humid air can increase levels of bacteria and allergens into the air. The reservoirs of water needs to be emptied and cleaned daily to avoid build-up of mold and minerals– that are then sprayed around the home.