I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing a ton of ads for down south getaway vacations. And just as those crafty ad companies planned, they have me salivating. Not only am I not one for cold (I know, wrong country to live in eh?), but I get so dried out. And being who I am, I have a whole lotta skincare tricks up my sleeve – but nothing can beat being enveloped in weather that sucks the moisture out of every one of my pores. Ben and I have taken to calling each other Mr. and Mrs. Prune (how romantic).
What’s a girl to do? When oiling, exfoliating, steaming and spraying doesn’t help – and avoiding drying foods and increasing water-intake aids but does not cure, we simply need to just bring the lovely humid air to us. I’m talking about a humidifier. And in my case, two humidifiers.
I Heart Humidifiers
Through a bit of my own luck and the fact my mother is a bit dotty did I land the double humidifier deal (I know I’m excessive with my multiple face massagers etc. but this time I promise it wasn’t my own excess). Jean (or “mum”) forgot that she gave me a humidifier as a gift and bought me another one (of the exact same make). This reminded me of the Christmases when my Uncle John and Auntie Fran gave my cousin Brie and I figure skating Barbies for the second year in a row – Did they buy those dolls in bulk or what? But when I told her she should return it, she replied “Well you can never have enough humidifiers.” Really? I thought with skepticism, but turns out she was right.
Now I live in a unit which is probably around 750 square feet in downtown Toronto, and while its quite small, I found that having two makes a huge difference. I started using them both first when I was at home sick all day, and I found that being swathed in all this lovely steam made improvements in my skin’s hydration by nightfall. Now keep in mind, I didn’t leave my moisture-high environment for at least 24hrs – so if you are doing this at home, it may take a bit longer. But yes, my skin felt plump and hydrated-to-the-touch for the first time in months – and I was even dehydrated from my own flu-y illness. Wowee!
Humidifiers for Redness
I am not the only one who has made this humidi-duo discovery. One of my clients said she made a point to have two humidifiers going at all times for her skin-dehydration during last winter and she actually found her rosacea redness decreased too. I have preached for many years how connected dehydration is to the aggravation of rosacea, but I never thought that this blast of air-humidity would make such a difference. I also think that living in a country with such a drastic contrast in our seasons, our poor skins become easily imbalanced and irritated from the shock, and this support of extra humidity also helps our skin adjust.
This little tip has been so inspiring that we are going to try having a humidifier going in one of our treatment rooms at our new Yorkville location and see how the results fare during our facials (plus the lucky esthetician working in that room will probably be our dewiest looking staff member).
So, if you are like me, and cannot get time off for the next little while – put on your shades and relax to the hum of your new humidifiers. Now all we need to do is find a way to mimic sand, sun and salt water.