In most parts of the country, frigid winter is here, and there is now a real nip in the air. Humidity has dropped and the air is drying out for winter. Home heating systems are also running 24/7, which further strips the air of moisture.
This is the time of the year when your skin may begin to dry out, your nails chip and your hair breaks. There are five simple and easy changes that you can make now in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room that can make a world of difference to the health of your skin, hair and nails. All changes are inexpensive, and products can be purchased at a store near you. It will be the cheapest home makeover that you have ever done.
• Buy a few large, leafy houseplants and place them in your bedroom and living room. Each time you water the plant, the moisture will travel up the stem, into the leaves and then diffuse into the air. It is a quick and easy way to put more moisture in the air. When there is more moisture in the air, your skin will lose less moisture into the air and stay hydrated.
• Put a satin pillowcase on your pillow. As you turn your head while you sleep, your hair will glide across the pillowcase without snagging and breaking. If you sleep on cotton pillowcases, your hair, which is prone to becoming dry in the fall, is more likely to get caught on the cotton fibers and break.
• Change your dish washing liquid to one that has aloe, vitamin E or other moisturizing ingredients. Each time your hands are in dishwater they can become red, dry and irritated. A simple fix is using a moisturizing dish washing liquid.
• Change the soap in your shower. Get rid of the deodorant soap, which is best for the hot summer months. Instead buy a bar soap that contains moisturizers like shea butter.
• If your nails are beginning to chip, it is time to change to acetone-free nail polish remover. Acetone often dries nails, and dry nails are prone to breakage.
Following these easy steps will make a big difference in your skin, hair and nails. More changes to come for the frigid winter.
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