While some parts of the country enjoy relatively mild and stable temperatures throughout the winter, those who live in certain other regions (myself included) often experience a number of discomforts associated with the substantial time we spend indoors during this time of year. Even though many of the side effects are well documented, shoveling and wearing gloves and hats among them, other ramifications are less talked about.
For instance, I often experience bouts of dry skin during the winter, and after consulting my doctor a few years back, I found out I wasn't alone. Dr. Zuckerman, our family physician, told me the dry winter air often depletes our natural moisture more than we expect. When carrying around a water bottle wasn't enough, he advised me to start using a humidifier.
After a few weeks of procrastinating (and much scratching), I eventually began my online search. I looked a number of providers, comparing their shipping policies, selection and customer satisfaction guarantees. (I'm a serious shopper, and I suggest you adopt similar strategies. After all, no one wants to pay more for an item they could have purchased on the cheap.)
I entertained a few more expensive options, thinking they would provide better solutions – such as whole-house humidifiers. But, ultimately I decided to pursue a more cost-effective solution with a portable humidifier.
Since then, I've found that my dry skin problems have been substantially reduced. (Which my wife is also very happy about.) Since we purchased the item, we've found that it's pretty much useful all year round. My wife suffers from seasonal allergies and during parts of the year the area we live in experiences droughts that make the air dry and uncomfortable.