DEALING WITH WINTER
Chilling winds and low humidity can dehydrate skin, hair, nasal and throat passages and even eyes. Fortunately, Hy-Vee has solutions.
Take the arid out of the air with a humidifier
Pure Enrichment Mist Aire Silver Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier
The human body is roughly 60% water, but you might not know it in winter when seasonal dryness affects the skin, hair, nose, throat and eyes. Dry skin is especially noticeable in winter. It’s not only uncomfortable and unsightly, it can lead to cracking, skin infections and even eczema in those prone to developing the skin disease.
Sun, dry air and aging can all cause dry, itchy skin, as can an underlying skin condition.
Remedy: Apply lotions and take precautions (see Prevent Dry Skin). For underlying health conditions, see a dermatologist.
Antihistamines and decongestants may cause nasal passages to dry out, but low indoor humidity is also a prime cause.
Remedy: Turn on a humidifier, and use a nasal mist or gel.
Exercise, sleeping with the mouth open or not drinking enough water all dry out mucus membranes in the throat.
Remedy: Use throat drops for temporary relief.
Dull, brittle and frizzy hair is often the result of excess sun and wind exposure, harsh shampoos or frequent washing and blow-drying. Remedy: Use specially formulated shampoos and conditioners.
Excessive screen time is a major culprit behind dry eyes, but wind, smoke, dry air and even age all contribute.
Remedy: Apply moisturizing eye drops and take rest breaks.