Dry air, like that experienced in many winter climates can present a number of challenges. Chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, dry coughs, nosebleeds, and static shocks – just to name a few. So far this winter is proving to be extra dry with record breaking low temperatures outside and overworked furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters inside.

While you can’t change the weather, there are some simple tricks that you can use to help fight the effects of dry winter air. Try adding these five hydrating hacks to your winter care routine:

  1. Humidify Your Bedroom – Low humidity air in your bedroom can affect your lungs and hydration while you sleep. This is especially aggravating when you’re dealing with a cough or sinus problem. While there are a number of humidifiers on the market, a simple bowl of water placed near your bed can help add moisture to the air. For additional health benefits invest in a humidifying oil diffuser and enjoy added moisture with aromatherapy.
  2.  Take Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – Moisturize the body from the inside out with unsaturated EFAs, as found in cold water fish, flax, walnuts, and other foods. Foods and supplements high in Omega 3 EFAs help moisturize the skin, hair and eyes while providing a long list of other health benefits.
  3. Apply Body Oils – Applying a body oil such as grapeseed, almond or coconut oil after a shower or bath can help seal in your skin’s natural moisture. For best results apply the oil while still damp.   If you’re prone to winter nosebleeds, a dab of liquid  oil to the nasal septum a couple times per day may also help by adding moisture.
  4. Wear Nighttime Socks and Gloves – For extremely dry feet and hands apply a generous amount of your favourite moisturizer and cover up with cotton socks and gloves. The cotton will lock in the moisture and you will awaken with soft, soothed digits!
  5. Utilize Available Moisture – Take advantage of all available moisture already in your life – Leave the bath water in the tub over night (keep small children away), open the dishwasher before the drying cycle, hang laundry to dry. While good for the humidity levels, these actions can also save $$ and reduce your ecological footprint.