We have been testing a genius little device at Ape to Gentleman HQ over the last few weeks called the Honeywell Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. It looks like a crazy mix between a smoke machine and a kettle but the benefits of this electronic wonder are plenty.

To defeat dry skin during the winter months a thicker more hydrating moisturiser is a good place to start – read The Shelf: Dry Skin. Cooler months; with dry winter air, moisture sapping central heating and hot showers can make skin overly dry. For an extra weapon in the fight, the Honeywell Cool Mist Ultrasonic humidifier will temporarily relieve dry-air discomfort in the home or office, helping to keep skin hydrated. The innovative Honeywell humidifier creates cool water droplets that are released in a mist to moisten surrounding air. The steam-like mist or vapour, boosts humidity to a mightily comfortable 40 to 60% – ensuring hydration zapping air is a thing of the past.

This is nothing new, it was 80 years ago when founder Max Katzman invented the world’s first electric vaporiser, but in recent times this device has been some what forgotten.

We found that within 10 minutes of having the humidifier on, the ambience of the room was much more comfortable to work in, less dry and easier to breath. We are told it can be used to reduce discomfort by moisturising airway passages, enabling better breathing and help with a more comfortable sleep (the latter not advisable at work).

The mist, as mentioned is cool, so there’s no danger of hot-water scalding and by maintaining an indoor humidity level between 40-60%, the survival of flu viruses on surfaces and in the air can be reduced. Your office plants will probably perk up a little too. It operates silently and each fill will suffice for 24 hours of misting goodness.

If you suffer with dry skin, then £59.99 for Honeywell Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier is a worthy investment – it definitely helped keep our skin hydrated.