Winterize Your World Wednesday: Just Say "Spahhhhhhhh" Published on February 02, 2016 Winter isn’t just the time of congestion and illness – it’s also the time of dry skin! Winter air is typically dryer than summer air, both inside and outside. Did you know a heating unit with a whole-home central humidifier can keep indoor humidity within one percent of the desired level? That’s a MAJOR help to your dry air and dry skin!This dry air can leave skin feeling tight, itchy, and miserable. So here’s our Winterize Your World Wednesday tip to the rescue to help soothe dry skin and boost winter-weary spirits by giving you tips to create your own DIY at-home spa. Blogger Ashley Mills (she and her husband are the creative couple behind The Handmade Home) is sharing her personal recipe for a Salt Soak and Sugar Scrub, and we’ve added a fantastic recipe for Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Water. When you make your own recipes, you’ll be able to enjoy at-home pampering any 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 combine the following:1 cup Mediterranean Sea Salt (you can order from Amazon)3 cups Epsom Salt2 cups Baking SodaAdd a yummy smell with a few drops of your choice of essential oil. Stir it all together and keep 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 neighbor.)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 container of infused water in your refrigerator, and the spa is just a quick sip away!8 cups water1 cucumber, sliced1 sliced lemonMint leavesMix in a large jug and refrigerate all night to infuse the flavors.MORE SPA TIPSMusic and candlelight are key! Pull up Pandora.com and create a “Spa Channel” for uninterrupted music, nature sounds, and more.Apply lotion while your skin is still a little damp.For an intensive treatment for hands and feet, liberally apply Vaseline (or store-brand petroleum jelly), then wear 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 possible with the right amount of humidification. Contact Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information if dry skin is a concern in your home.