With fall weather just around the corner, it’s time to talk skin. Cooler weather brings a drop in humidity which makes for dry, stale air and even drier skin. “A humidifier allows us to control the environment, which is a great way to control the skin,” explains Dr. Monique S. Cohn at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. “Heat is naturally very drying to our skin, so it’s important to keep air hydrated.”

The best way to keep indoor air hydrated is by using a humidifier. Humidifiers help increase air hydration levels by forcing moisture into the environment. They’re especially helpful during the colder months of the year because artificial heat makes indoor air extremely dry and cold temps make the outdoor air really dry. This drastic change of dry hot and cold air can strip the skin of its natural oils.

Using a humidifier will not only help your skin retain sufficient moisture levels, but it can also have a positive impact on the body’s overall hydration. In addition to drinking sufficient amounts of water each day and moisturizing the skin, people who tend to get dry skin can benefit the greatest from using a humidifier.

The size of the humidifier should be based on the size of the room in which it will be used. Turn it on as soon as you put the heat on for best results.

When used regularly, don’t forget to clean a humidifier every week. If not cleaned properly or often enough, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, yeast and even mold, none of which you want to breathe. To clean your humidifier, just use regular soap and water (or vinegar) and make sure to dry it out completely before refilling.

If you would like to learn more about skin care and how a humidifier may help, set up a consultation with Dr. Monique S. Cohn. She and her staff would be happy to answer any questions you have and help you find the best routine and products for you. Contact us today for more information or call 330-425-7600 to book an appointment.