Monday, 28 January 2013

Winter Skin Update: The Humidifier

Earlier this month Andrea talked about her Winter 2013 skin issues.  Things have improved, no doubt from the daily use of the above machine.  Andrea talks about her experience with the humidifier.

When I began experiencing the dryness that had me keeping water from touching my face a few weeks ago, Jessica LaFleur of Stark Skincare noted in conversation that I needed a humidifier.  "Yeah, I have one, I should use it." I said.  I'd used humidifiers before, but was non-committal.  It felt like so much work.  They were too cumbersome, ugly, in the way, noisy, and a lot of work - before bed I would always forget to refill and/or turn the thing on.  I also felt the use of humidifiers made the bedroom so humid (this is good btw) that I'd get uncomfortable, turn it off, and open a window.

We (my husband and I) bought this humidifier last year at Canadian Tire and it was used a handfull of times in the winter, until spring hit and it was packed up and put back in the storage closet.  "These things," I uttered as I rearranged the other items stored in there to try and make some room.  Household appliances always bothered me because they took up so much space, and the usage/space ratio seemed to me to be totally off.  Maybe it was because growing up, in our family home, small appliances seemed to sit in the back of a closet or cupboard and then someday, in prep for a garage sale or charity give-away, out they would go, dusty and hardly used at all.

I tend towards the minimalistic when it comes to things that plug into the wall.  In fact, I used to chide my husband on his Christmas present choices the first few years we were together; toaster oven, drill, sewing machine.  "This year, get me something that doesn't have to be plugged in!" I'd laugh. "Like a book or a bottle of wine."  And so he did, though ironically, this humidifier was one of our first purchases as a married couple.  I still didn't give it much credit and only used it a handfull of times - until a few weeks ago.  Perhaps my hesitation was due to the fact that I'd never given humidifiers a proper chance, preferring to slather cream after cream on my dehydrated, winter-abused skin, before giving into a machine.

Now our Honeywell Natural Warm Moisture Humidifier sits at the foot of the bed, where it will stay until Spring is here, turned on high for really cold and bitter nights, and low for evenings above -10°C.  It's super quiet, (my cat's deep-sleep snoring is louder).  Filling it up is part of my nightly beauty routine, and I have to say, it has paid off:  This must be the first Winter since I moved from the east coast to Toronto, with it's moisture-sucking dry winters, that I have retained soft skin.  In January.  I can hardly believe it.  A machine is making a difference.  I'm happy to say I'm back to my regular routine now (plus the filling and turning on of the humidifier): Konjac sponge, Stark White Willow Bark Perfecting Tonic, Elabloom Nourishing Facial Oil or Pai Avacado & Jojoba Hyrdating Day Cream (or both) and then during the week I can go back to my favourite Stark Skincare Green Tea Detox Mask, DIYs, and testing new products.

Being comfortable in one's skin is important, and though that saying is usually reserved to the more emotional and personal aspects of beauty, physical comfort is a basic necessity, and if a lotion or machine can help me out with that, I'm very grateful.

I think I've done a 180° on small appliances - perhaps a juicer for Valentine's Day?

- Andrea

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