Dry air, as felt in many Northern climates throughout the winter, presents a lot of challenges. Dry coughs, chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, nosebleeds, and static shocks – just to name a few.
While you can’t change the weather, there are many simple tricks that can help you fight the effects of dry air. If you’re feeling ultra-parched this season, add these five hydrating hacks to your winter care routine:
1. Bedside Humidifier
Low humidity air in your bedroom can affect your lungs and hydration while you sleep. This is especially aggravating when you’re fighting a cough or sinus problem. The good news is that you don’t have to splurge on a commercial humidifier. A simpler solution is to place a bowl of water by your bedside to add moisture to the air naturally.
2. Overnight Socks and Gloves
Gloves and socks aren’t just for wearing outdoors, they also make great bedtime apparel for soothing dry, cracked winter skin. Before bed, apply your favourite moisturizer or oil to your feet and hands, then slip on a pair of cotton gloves and socks to help lock in the moisture while you sleep.
3. Hot Liquids
Cold, winter air pulls more moisture from your body than warm air, meaning that you need to drink additional fluids to compensate. If regular, cool water leaves you with the chills, a thermos of hot, ready-to-drink herbal tea, lemon water, or homemade vegetable broth can be a welcoming alternative.
4. Coconut Oil
Massaging 100% coconut oil into your skin and nails is an effective and natural way to seal in the moisture after a bath or shower. If you’re prone to winter nosebleeds, a dab of liquid coconut oil to the nasal septum a couple times per day may also help by adding moisture.
5. Essential Fatty Acids
Unsaturated essential fatty acids (EFAs), as found in cold water fish, flax, walnuts, and other foods are important dietary components needed for the structure and function of healthy cell membranes – including those in your skin.