Winter air is dry on the skin and sinuses. Artificial heat is dry and irritating as well, making winter a miserable time for some allergy sufferers. Here are some tips for hydrating dry skin and sinuses during the winter:
Drink plenty of water. Drink more fluids to restore lost moisture to skin and sinus membranes.
Shower faster. A short bath or shower isn't as harsh on the skin, and warm water is more gentle on the skin than extremely hot water.
Use a humidifier. Humidifiers restore moisture to the dry air. But you don't want your relative humidity to get too high, or mold and dust mites will become a problem. Use a humidity gauge to keep your relative humidity just below 50 percent.
Visit the Humidifier Buying Guide to learn how to choose the humidifier that's right for you.