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Healthier Me: Battling Dry Skin in the Winter

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Does your dry skin make you want to hibernate? Winter is hard on our skin, from head to toe. But, it's possible to resist letting the dry winter air steal every drop of moisture from our skin.

Sanford Health dermatologists say a lot of attention has been given to the summer skin problems that come from the sun's damaging rays, but say winter brings other skin ailments.

As temperatures drop, fewer water vapors circulate in the air. Then we crank up the furnace to warm our homes, further depleting available moisture, and our skin can take a real beating.  

Sanford Health dermatologist Dr. Yulia Khan says, "it is not only about flakes, but it's itchy." She adds, "existing conditions will flare up, as well when it gets colder and there is less moisture in the air."

Here are some recommendations from Dr. Khan:

(1) Use creams vs. lotions.

(2) Apply creams right after you shower, so you lock in the moisture.

(3) Take luke-warm baths and showers (avoid hot water).

(4) Start using milder soaps and lotions without fragrances.  

Those suggestions also apply to your hair, lips and fingernails.  Doctors suggest not washing your hair as often when it is cold and using more conditioner to keep your locks from drying out.  
Your hair and nails may also need some TLC in the winter.


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