Why You Should Add a Humidifier to Your Self-Care Routine

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To avoid stress and burnout in your life, it’s important to practice self-care. Although self-care is unique to each individual, your routine should focus on nurturing your body, mind and spirit. But did you know that your humidifier can help you achieve your self-care goals? If you’re only using your humidifier when you’re sick, then you’re missing out on the everyday self-care benefits your humidifier can provide.

Promote a more restful sleep

A great night’s sleep is vital to feeling your best throughout the day. But dry air can irritate your nasal passages and throat at night, which can hinder your breathing and reduce sleep comfort. Create an optimal sleep environment by running your humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep. The extra moisture in the air can help keep your nose and throat moisturized, helping you clear congestion and stimulate peaceful breathing. Also, since dry air can contribute to snoring, keeping your air at an optimal humidity level can help reduce bothersome night-time noise from your sleeping partner.

For added benefit, use Vicks VapoPads in the lavender scent and increase your sleep-time relaxation and comfort.

Keep skin healthy & glowing

Dry air can cause dry, dull and irritated skin. But a properly humidified space will help your skin absorb hydration naturally through the air, keeping your skin looking and feeling healthier. If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, proper humidity levels can also help reduce the discomfort of irritated skin. Run your humidifier in the room where you spend a lot of time during the day, such as your office, for extra skin-hydration.

Promote a healthier environment

A healthy immune system is supported by eating properly, getting exercise, and drinking water. But when viruses and germs enter your home, it can be hard to avoid unwanted sickness. In addition to frequently washing your hands and sanitizing common surfaces, a humidifier can help reduce the survival of flu and certain viruses on surfaces and in the air. Keep your relative humidity levels between 40-60% with a humidifier to help create an environment that is less-favorable to lingering viruses.*

Create a cozy atmosphere

When it comes to self-care, don’t underestimate your surroundings. You want to your home to be a place where you can rest, recharge, and most importantly, feel comfortable. When you embrace coziness, you can improve your overall happiness and feelings of contentment. One way to make sure your home is at its coziest is to keep your humidity at optimal levels, especially during colder months. When moisture is added to the air, it creates an extra layer of comfort and warmth in your home, without turning up your thermostat.

Practicing good self-care will help make you ready to take on each new day, and simply adding proper humidification to your routine is one of the easiest ways to help yourself feel and look your best!

* Studies by Environmental Health and Engineering (Environmental Health 2010,9:55 and Environmental Health 2019) show that keeping air at relative humidity levels between 40-60% can reduce the survival of flu and certain viruses on surfaces and in the air. When used as directed, most humidifiers achieve and maintain 40-60% RH. Helen of Troy has not tested on and makes no claim about the ability to reduce the virus that causes COVID-19. Certain trademarks used under license from The Procter & Gamble Company or its affiliates.