Cashmere sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and suede booties—we love a lot of things about fall. But as the temperatures dip, our skin gets drier and itchier. One reason why? Dry air—indoors and out—zaps the moisture right out of your complexion. Lotions spiked with ceramides and humectants like hyaluronic acid do restore smoothness, but you might not be able to slather continuously. Enter: humidifiers.
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These machines aren’t just good for keeping your sinuses clear—they’ve got some serious beauty benefits too. "The water vapor allows the skin to retain moisture," says San Diego dermatologist Melanie Palm. If your office is particularly dry, look for a small version that you can stash at your desk, like HoMedics Personal Ultrasonic Humidifer ($20; bedbathbeyond.com).
If you can spend a little extra, consider Dyson’s new AM10 model (above), which doubles as a fan for the hotter months ($499; dyson.com). It utilizes ultraviolet technology to purify 99.9% of bacteria in water to disperse clean air. InStyle’s Deputy Chief of Reporters, Marina Budarina-Sánchez used the sleek appliance before hitting the sheets nightly for a month and reported that her skin felt "smoother and much less flaky,” and that even her sleep improved. "I don’t wake myself up sneezing in the middle of the night now,” she says.
Humidifiers can also help you bypass bad hair days, battling straw-like strands and frizz, says New York colorist Kyle White. "They're an efficient way to boost moisture without weighing hair down, like serums and heavy conditioners can do,” he says.
*with additional reporting by Marina Budarina-Sánchez