Why is my skin so dry in winter?

Does your skin seem to get excessively dry and itchy during the winter months? If so, you’re not alone. It’s a very common issue that many people suffer through every time the thermometer dips below freezing. But, why does this happen?

The cold weather combines with a decrease in humidity to rob your skin of its moisture. This is a double or triple whammy, because we also 1. tend to spend more time indoors during winter months and 2. take long, hot baths or showers to warm up. The artificially heated air indoors is dry, which means that you can’t escape inside and expect it to help preserve your skin’s moisture. Long hot baths, especially when combined with soap that contains sulfates, just exacerbates the problem by stripping away your skin’s natural oils.

Dr. Jessica Wu, MD, offers solutions to these issues and more in her article here. Some of what she suggests will sound familiar to regular readers of my blog. She suggests switching to soaps and cleansers with gentler surfactants/detergents, using a moisturizer everyday, and keeping an eye on nutrition. She has a couple other really good ideas, though, so definitely give her piece a read.

You may also want to check out my previous post titled The Ultimate Dry Skin Cure Kit

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