Winter is on its way, and with winter, comes dry air. When the air is dry, there is far less moisture in the air, which leads to dry skin, along with things like having a dry throat. You can find all kinds of lotions that solve the problem of dry skin, but the easiest, and most cost-effective, the solution is to buy a humidifier.
In this article, you’re going to learn how to find the best humidifier for you, to make your skin nice and healthy, while also being able to reap the various other benefits that humidifiers bring to the table.
What Features Do You Need To Look For?
Generally speaking, there are two types of humidifiers. Warm Mist, and Cool Mist. Warm Mist tends to be the more popular type of humidifier, but when it comes to dry skin, it’s best to get a Cool Mist humidifier.
Warm mist is known to make certain skin conditions – namely eczema – worse, and it has been shown that it doesn’t do a great deal when it comes to reducing the dryness of your skin because the air doesn’t have nearly as much moisture as when using cool mist humidifiers.
On top of that, warm mist humidifiers are also known for having more germ and bacteria buildup, because the warm temperatures are ideal for the growth of those types of contaminants. This can lead to contaminated air that leads to illness. You’ll have to clean a warm mist humidifier a lot more than you would a cool mist humidifier, which can be inconvenient.
Humidifiers that allow you to control the humidity levels tend to be slightly more expensive than humidifiers that lack this feature, but it’s worth it.
Too little humidity can be problematic, in that it won’t get rid of your dry skin, but too much humidity might exacerbate your dry skin. This is why it’s so important to find a humidifier with a humidity controller because then you can alter the settings for the room that you are in, and find the perfect levels.
For most people, a humidity level of fifty-percent is ideal, but some people put theirs at forty-percent, and some people put theirs at sixty-percent. Anything more than sixty-percent is usually too much, though.
Humidifiers without these controls tend to be less effective, because you never know just how much humidity is being produced, and sometimes, this is okay, but most of the time, it isn’t, and you may end up with more problems than you started with.
If you have the money, you might want to invest in a humidifier with a humidistat, which shows you the humidity being produced, and the overall humidity levels of the room you are in, allowing for you to adjust accordingly.
Good Filtration System
Too many people underestimate the importance of good filtration. Good filtration prevents germs and other contaminants from getting into/growing in the water, and contaminating your air, leading to illness.
Right Size For Your Room/Home
If you are going to be humidifying a single room – such as your bedroom – then you can get a nice, small humidifier. However, if you intend to humidify your entire home, then you’ll want to look for a bigger model.
Sleep-Friendly Features – Optional
Some people don’t mind a loud humidifier, but if you aren’t one of those people, then you should be looking for a humidifier with sleep-friendly features, such as minimal noise production and either minimal lighting, or a night-light feature.
The reason for this is because chances are, you’ll be using your humidifier at night, while you sleep, which allows your skin to moisturize for a good five to nine hours. Of course, if you work from home, then you might not need to run it at night, and so these features are less important.
A Built-In Diffuser – Optional
The reason this is at the bottom of the list is because this feature is significantly less important than the others. However, if you intend to use things like essential oils – which have been shown to help with dry skin, and they smell very nice – then this is a good option.
You can buy a separate diffuser unit, but purchasing a humidifier with a built-in diffuser is more convenient and saves electricity.
Ultimately, when looking for the best humidifier for you, look for all of those features, as well as the optional ones if they are important to you, and then look at your price range and the size you need, and you will find the best humidifier for you!