My home is primarily heated by a wood stove. In the winter this means super dry air despite the pot of water I try to keep on it to add moisture to the air. This leads to dry/cracking skin in the winter and it doesn't appear to be very healthy for my sinuses. My sinuses are dry and irritated. Being in the ocean less is definitely part of this though.
I keep 3 or 4 houseplants in my room to aid humidity and hopefully clean the air up some but it's not enough. So I was considering sleeping with a humidifier going at night. Is this a good idea or healthy? Are there good additives to put in the water that might make it healthier? I'm also liking the white noise to drown on the constantly on/loud tv in the other room. Tips on brand or type of humidifier?
Also on the dry skin subject, my face soap appears to dry out my skin, advice on a face soap? Switched from alcohol based aftershave to an aloe leaf to help. I also use Vaseline on cracking knuckles and lips.
I have always used a warm mist humidifier that essentially boils the water and requires no filtration, just periodic removal of mineral deposits. I recommend pre-humidifying your bedroom rather that running a humidifier the entire time you are sleeping if you keep your door closed. Otherwise, you may get condensation on the walls (especially if you have a cold wall) which can lead to mold problems. For noise attenuation, I use earplugs and\or fan or air purifier.
Get a humidifier and be sure to keep it clean. Many of them now come without filters, which cuts way down on the mold and mildew. I prefer a cool mist humidifier to a warm mist one; it's just a personal preference. All I have to do is clean the mineral deposits off for the most part. You don't have to break the bank as there are many affordable ones out there. I eat plenty of fat but I still get dry skin in the winter. Having a humidifier is sure better than waking up with parched mouth and itchy skin.