Humidifiers for Winter Dry Skin

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…

Winter Skin Woes

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. 

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Retin A and Snowstorms Don’t Mix

NYCsnowstormThe cold  and snowy weather continues to cause problems for my  Retin A  treated skin.  Apparently it is the low humidity in the air that’s driving the red patches, tightness and flaking.  I’m going to cut back Retin A useage to 2-3x  per week and drench my skin with a  heavy  moisturizer  in the morning and evening. In addition I’m going to address environmental humidity both inside and outside.  At night I’m going  to plug in my humidifier to compensate for radiator dry air.  To humidify myself I’m  going to try to remember to drink  at least a quart of  water a day.  In warm weather I seem to  have a glass of ice tea surgically attached to my hand.  When it gets cold, my daily liquid intake  drops to several cups of tea  and coffee.

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