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Dry winter air is perhaps the worst thing that can possibly happen to your skin. Save for sunburn. Or lack of sun. I don’t know. It’s a hard world out there for skin, is I guess my point.

One way to combat your dry-ass winter skin, besides some great, noninvasive skincare products, is a humidifier. Humidity is, after all, that silent killer of the summer months that leaves you extra sweaty and breathless and gross. Humidifiers provide all the benefits of some well-moisturized summer skin, with none of the “stinking up the subway four minutes after you’ve left your house.” Here are six humidifiers people love, perfect for these long, dark months ahead.

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6. Taotronics Ultrasonic Humidifier

Taotronics are an Inverse favorite, providing all manner of useful gadgets at discount prices. The ultrasonic humidifier not only balances the moisture levels of your room for optimal comfort, but does it silently. [Amazon, $64.99]


5. ASAKUKI Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier

You’ll see the word “ultrasonic” quite a bit when humidifier shopping. But what does that actually mean? According to the font of all human knowledge, Wikipedia, ultrasonic “uses a ceramic diaphragm vibrating at an ultrasonic frequency to create water droplets that silently exit the humidifier in the form of cool fog,” So that’s that, then. [Amazon, $25.99]


4. GENIANI Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Not only does the Geniani provide soft, cool mist all day and night, but its nightlight gives your room a relaxing, soft glow. Sign me up. [Amazon, $49.47]

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3. Honeywell Cool Mist Humidifier

The Honeywell, next to looking like a helpful little puppy robot from the future, is another noiseless humidifier that promises to protect the integrity of your wooden floors and artwork even in the harshest of in-house conditions. [Amazon, $83.99]

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2. VAVA Cool Mist Humidifier

This tiny, whisper-quiet humidifier is perfect for people with limited space who still want all the benefits of the humidifier lifestyle. Waking up without hopelessly chapped, sore lips for example. True luxury. [Amazon, $31.99]


1. MistAire Silver Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The MistAire can hold enough water for 25 hours of continuous operation. Even if this relaxes you to the point of a coma, you’ll probably be up and about well before it runs out. [Amazon, $39.99]## 2. VAVA Cool Mist Humidifier