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What Makes Your Skin Dry In Winter

Your skin is you body’s first line of defense this is why it is essential to take care of it and keep it healthy during all seasons. However, during winter your skin needs a bit more attention because of the dry air and cold temperatures.

When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly; this makes your skin feel dry and tight, and makes it look flaky. In fact, your skin loses more than 25 percent of its ability to hold moisture in the winter. Windy weather can also beat down on your skin and make it look and feel dry and chapped.

Another reason causing dry skin in winter is indoor heating as well: Dry indoor air not only dries out your skin, it also dries out your mucous membranes, leading to dry, chapped lips, dry noses (nosebleeds), and dry throat (hoarseness, sore throat).

It also might be tempting to skip the body lotion when your skin is covered up in winter clothing, but it’s just as important to moisturize in the winter as it is in the summer, even if your arms and legs aren’t on display. Dry skin can get itchy, flaky, and uncomfortable if you don’t the right moisturizing creams.