Winter is also the dry season. The Arctic explosion forecast for this weekend is a good reminder of that.

Dermatologists like Dr. Jay Wofford of American Dermatology Partners are bracing for problems with patients as temperatures drop in DFW.

He says cold, dry air can strip moisture from your skin.

At the same time, people often shower longer and hotter in cold weather, in addition to increasing the heat in their homes. Both of these habits will continue to take away moisture from the skin.

“All of that equates to a perfect storm,” he said.

Chapped skin can also lead to bacterial or fungal infections, especially on your hands or around your mouth.

But finding relief can be as simple as reading a bottle of wine.

“I often recommend that people focus on moisturizer over lotion,” says Wofford. “Lotion is often thinner or diluted with alcohol, which can paradoxically pull moisture away from the skin. So I recommend looking for a product that says it is ‘cream’. These substances tend to help the skin stay hydrated.”

Wofford said people tend to use lotion because the bottle is easier to pump, but that’s because the product is diluted with alcohol or propylene glycol.

“That’s not bad. It’s better than nothing but ideally you should use a moisturizer or even an ointment if your skin is really dry, especially if it’s chapped,” he adds.

Following these other tips can also help save your skin this winter:

  • Moisturize at least twice a day
  • Limit bathing and hot showers
  • Avoid strong soaps and body washes
  • Use a humidifier in your home
  • Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn

“It’s important to use sunscreen in the winter, you can get sunburned,” Wofford warns. “Burned skin can worsen or worsen dry skin, so any type of sunburn or overexposure to the sun can damage the skin barrier.” and allow more water or moisture to drain away from the skin.”

For more information on how to fix dry skin, click here.

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