Winterize Your World Wednesday: Just Say "Spahhhhhhhh" Published on February 02, 2016 Winter isn’t just the time of allergies and sickness – it’s also the time of year for dry skin! Winter air is typically dryer than summer air, both indoors and out. Did you know a furnace with a whole-home central humidifier can keep your home’s humidity within one percent of the favored level? That’s a MAJOR help to your dry air and dry skin!This dry air can leave skin feeling stiff, itchy, and uncomfortable. So here’s our Winterize Your World Wednesday tip to your rescue to help soothe dry skin and boost winter-weary spirits by helping you create your own DIY spa. Blogger Ashley Mills (she and her husband are the creative minds behind The Handmade Home) is sharing her personal recipe for a Salt Soak and Sugar Scrub, and we’ve included a great recipe for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Water. When you whip up your own recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy at-home pampering any night for much less than the cost of a local spa. ASHLEY’S EASY-TO-DO SALT SOAKThis is a great remedy for exhausted muscles, with softening and detoxing benefits as well. Just 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 preferred essential oil. Stir it all 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 give these as a great Valentine’s gift for a teacher or colleague.)CUCUMBER-LEMON-MINT WATERDrinking water is vital year-round for your health, and you can definitely see its effects on your skin. Keep a container of infused water in your refrigerator, and the spa is just a quick sip away!8 cups water1 cucumber (sliced)1 lemon (sliced)Mint leavesMix in a large jug and refrigerate overnight to infuse the flavors.MORE SPA TIPSMusic and candlelight are imperative! Get the Pandora app and create a “Spa Channel” for uninterrupted music, nature sounds, and more.Apply lotion while your skin is still wet to lock in moisture.For an intensive treatment for hands and feet, liberally apply Aquaphor (or another brand of petroleum jelly), then cover with 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 choice is to help avoid dry skin altogether. It’s feasible with the right amount of humidification. Contact Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information if dry skin is a concern in your home.