weather changes can negatively affect the skin – the body’s
temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air can damage
unprotected skin, especially on the face and hands.
the wounds in an annual battle with dry winter air.
the temperature drops, the humidity tends to drop with
it," says Dr. Dawn Davis, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.
"And, so, naturally your skin dehydrates."
Davis says hands are especially vulnerable to cracks and cuts
that can put you at risk for infection.
the use of winter clothing is very helpful to help slow or
delay or prevent evaporation off the skin surface," says
not enough, Dr. Davis suggests one of three categories of
moisturizers: ointments, which contain oil; creams, which may
have oil and water; and lotions, which are generally
your skin is extremely raw, you may want to start with
ointments," says Dr. Davis.
skin improves, rubbing in a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free
cream or lotion may provide enough moisture to prevent further
remember, these products only last for a few hours at
maximum," says Dr. Davis. "So you really need to
hydrate and moisturize at minimum two to three times