I don’t know about you, but between the dry winter air and the dry air created by the fireplace and our heater everyone in our house is beginning to crack – literally! Our skin, our noses, our lips – it’s horrible. I know it is like this in the winter, but for some reason this winter seems worse than usual so it’s time to take some more preventative measures.
Here are three easy things you can do to ease the effects of dry winter air on your family:
- Increase your water intake – yep, give your body a little help from the inside out. Make sure the kids are drinking plenty of fluids even if they don’t say they are thirsty – water, juice, tea and hot chocolate, even.
- Add moisture to the air – use whole house or room humidifiers to increase the moisture in the air. Not only will your skin thank you, but breathing the moist air will help keep nasal passages healthy and will help fight colds and flu. If you don’t have a humidifier, heat a pot of water on the stove and let it simmer (make sure you do not leave it unattended though) for a while.
- Seal in the moisture that is there. Give each family member their own tube of lip balm and keep hand lotions readily available in bathrooms and the kitchen for use after washing hands. You can also add a little bit of baby oil to the kids’ baths or apply immediately after bath time.
Just a few preventative steps will go a long way to helping your family stay more comfortable this winter. And, before you know it, we’ll be talking about the effects of summer’s humidity! Speaking of summer humidity, you may realize that you actually need to remove moisture from the air. You can read dehumidifier ratings to find the best option to remove moisture.
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