Winterize Your World Wednesday: Just Say "Spahhhhhhhh" Published on February 02, 2016 Winter isn’t just the time of year for congestion and illness – it’s also the time of dry skin! Winter air is typically dryer than summer air, both indoors and out. Did you know a heater with a whole-home central humidifier can keep your home’s humidity within one percent of the preferred level? That’s a GREAT relief to your dry air and dry skin!This dry air can leave skin feeling stiff, itchy, and unbearable. So it’s our Winterize Your World Wednesday tip to the rescue to help soothe dry skin and boost winter-weary spirits by helping you create your own spa night. Blogger Ashley Mills (she and her husband are the creative couple behind The Handmade Home) was so kind to share her personal recipe for a Salt Soak and Sugar Scrub, and we’ve added a great recipe for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Water. When you create your own recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy at-home pampering every night for much less than the cost of one hour at a local spa. ASHLEY’S SALT SOAKThis is a great remedy for exhausted muscles, with softening and detoxing benefits as well. Simply mix together the following:1 cup Mediterranean Sea Salt (you can order on Amazon.com)3 cups Epsom Salt2 cups Baking SodaAdd a yummy smell with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix together and keep it in an airtight container.See Ashley’s recipe for Sugar Scrub, handmade soaps and FREE printable labels here:(HINT: you can package these as a great Valentine’s gift for a teacher or co-worker.)CUCUMBER-LEMON-MINT WATERDrinking water is important during any season for your health, and you can definitely see its effects on your skin. Keep a jug of infused water in your refrigerator, and the spa is just a sip away!8 cups water1 sliced cucumber1 sliced lemonMint leavesMix in a large jug and refrigerate overnight to infuse the flavors.MORE SPA TIPSMusic and candlelight are essential! Get the Pandora app and create a “Spa Channel” for calming music, nature sounds, and more.Apply lotion while your skin is still a little wet.For intensive therapy for hands and feet, liberally apply Aquaphor (or another brand of petroleum jelly), then put on socks and gloves to sleep.Be sure that the humidity in your home remains between 35-50% for your comfort and health.Of course, another alternative is to help prevent dry skin altogether. It’s attainable with the right amount of humidification. Contact Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for a complimentary Home Comfort Analysis if dry skin is a concern in your home.