Winter Skin Guide: 7 Steps to Healthy, Itch-Free Skin

Ditch the winter itch with these simple tips
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What's behind "winter itch"?

During winter, you may have noticed that your skin is drier and itchier than usual. You’re using more moisturizer, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. What’s going on?

Your skin is coated with a healing layer of fatty, oily compounds — aka lipids — that help it retain moisture. But in winter, the cold temperatures, low humidity and forced air heating can strip away those oils, leading to “winter itch,” according to San Francisco dermatologist Kristin Hudacek, MD, FAAD.

Follow these tips to soften your skin and ease the itch. If you have a medical condition associated with dry skin, such as hypothyroidism, eczema, psoriasis or diabetes, talk with your doctor about how best to soothe your skin.

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