With the high humidity level we get in Malaysia, it has never crossed my mind that I could benefit from using a humidifier.
From getting frustrated over flaky dry skin to worrying about excess sebum, I’ve been struggling for the longest time to nurse my ever-demanding complexion. I’ve tried almost every trick in the beauty book – investing in hydrating moisturisers, using hyaluronic acid serums for an extra moisture boost, applying sheet masks regularly and even visiting my dermatologist once every fortnight for skin treatments. Yet, my stubborn skin never seems to show any improvement. One day, I’ll have the most baby-like skin I could ever wish for. The next day, my skin will start peeling for no apparent reason.
While it did occur to me that the environment might be the main culprit to my skin concerns, I had always assumed it was due to air pollution. It wasn’t until my mom gifted me an air humidifier that I realized how this small gadget could do wonders to my complexion. As much as many people would assume that low humidity isn’t something we should be worried about (since we’re living in a tropical climate), in true fact, thanks to the long hours that I spend in an air-conditioned environment, I was stripping my skin off moisture.
How does an air humidifier help the skin?
Have you ever wondered why your skin flakes so badly during winter? This is because there’s a lack of moisture in the air. Whenever this happens, the air automatically draws moisture from wherever it can and oftentimes, this will be from your skin. By using a humidifier, it prevents moisture from evaporating into the dry air. At the same time, it will hydrate your skin and regulate sebum production. This in return will benefit your skin’s barrier by strengthening it to work more effectively to protect the internal layers from environmental pollution.
How to incorporate air humidifier into your skincare routine?
Unlike sheet masks, humidifiers don’t work by simply turning it on for 20 minutes and keeping your skin close to it to absorb the goodness. It’ll take several hours before the humidity in the room changes to an optimal level and once it reaches the ideal state, it’s important to keep the humidity constant as the skin can react sensitively to small fluctuations.
What it did to my skin?
While my research on the internet revealed that humidifiers provide instant gratification, I beg to differ. The gadget was easy to use and doesn’t disrupt my nighttime routine. Yet, I had the gadget on for several hours every night before bedtime for a week and my skin showed absolutely no improvement at all. It wasn’t until the end of the second week that I noticed my lips no longer flake like it used to and felt softer to touch. This made wearing lipstick on a daily basis my new favourite routine as I stopped suffering from unflattering, cracked lips. After the third week, my skin was noticeably less oily – just like what many people swear by with the use of a humidifier. I also realized that my skin was absorbing my skincare products a lot better which is a plus point I didn’t expect to happen.
Apart from that, I still had a few spots popping up. Unlike skincare products, it didn’t offer me a variety of skincare benefits such as brighter complexions and tighter pores. Having a humidifier running in the background while you work on your tasks seem like a novelty act but in the long run, it does deliver subtle results to your skin’s health. In addition to a good and suitable moisturiser, a humidifier is a great way to keep your skin hydrated without stressing the skin. So if you’re concerned about piling too many skincare products on your skin, I’d recommend giving this little wonder a try.