Humidifiers: Your Skin’s Best Friend

These moisture-infusing machines do much more than help you breathe easy.

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February 6th, 2014

But you don’t have to go out and buy a humidifier to enjoy its skin-quenching benefits. If you have a free-standing radiator, you can place a metal pot of water on it, suggests Schultz. “Every time the heat comes on, it causes the water to evaporate, adding moisture to the air,” he says.

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Just be sure to seal in all of that moisture to make it last. Schultz recommends bathing or showering with warm—not hot—water and decreasing the use of soap on body parts that don’t make any natural oils, such as the outer part of the arms, stomach, chest and legs. “It strips off the oils that would help hold in the moisture,” he notes. Post-shower, immediately slather on a moisturizer to lock in the humidity—and your skin will stay soft and smooth.

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