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What's Causing My Skin to Feel So Dry During the Winter Months?

Chris Helms - Thursday, January 22, 2015

Could your indoor air quality be causing your dry skin problems?

Indoor Air Quality in Winter

If your skin is feeling dry and itchy this winter, don’t blame your moisturizer. Blame your indoor air quality. The winter months can make your skin especially susceptible to irritation. Here are a few reasons why:

Cold Air vs. Warm Air

The cooler air in the winter months means less moisture in the air. Cool air doesn’t hold moisture as well as warm air because humidity condenses much more quickly in cold air. Between the cold winter air outside and the dry, heated air inside, your skin doesn’t stand a chance of getting any moisture externally. Dry air equals dry skin.

Windy Weather

Wind can beat your skin up and make it feel dry. When you’re out in cold, windy weather, it can strip the natural barrier off your skin leaving it dry and sensitive. There’s little relief if you’re coming home to a house with poor indoor air quality and too little humidity.

Hot Water

Cool weather often means more time in hot showers and baths. The hot water can take a toll on your skin, leaving it drier than before you bathed. It can make it sensitive and require lots of extra moisturizer. But if your indoor air is not holding humidity, you’re fighting a losing battle, even with the best lotions and moisturizers.

Lack of Indoor Humidity

One of the biggest factors for your skin in the winter is your indoor humidity level. With lower humidity outside combined with dry, heated air inside, there isn’t enough moisture in the air to keep your skin from drying out. The right amount of relative humidity can help keep your skin soft and reduce the irritation from the winter weather.

For more information on how to combat your dry skin during the colder months by improving your indoor air quality and increasing the humidity in your home, call Helms at 704-821-6255, or look at the humidity control Helms Heating and Air Conditioning has to offer. We are here to help you achieve ideal indoor air quality.