Breakdown: Why your skin dries out in the winter

Breakdown: Why your skin dries out in the winter

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Have you ever wondered why your skin tends to feel more dry when its cold and why you may be reaching for the lip balm more frequently? Have you ever felt like you had alligator skin?

It has a lot to do with weather and we will discuss why in this breakdown.

Dry, chapped skin is pretty common in the cold months, in late fall and winter. The dewpoints and humidity drops, leaving us with dry air. When the air is cold, the atmosphere will demand that moisture from your skin, in other words the moisture on your skin evaporates faster. This will cause your skin to feel dry and can make it look ashy or flaky. Your skin loses over 25% of its ability to hold moisture during the cold and dry months. If its windy that will make the moisture from your skin evaporate even faster.

When we heat our homes in the winter, the heat can dry out your skin and it can dry out your mucous membranes, this can cause chapped lips, and dry noses which may cause your nose to bleed. The dry air may even do a number on your vocal chords and can lead to hoarseness or even a sore throat.

Some of the ways you can protect yourself include:

  • In windy and cold conditions, protect your skin that can be exposed by wearing gloves and scarves.
  • Moisturize your skin by wearing lotion and choose lotions with glycerin to help to hold the moisture on your skin.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize hands, feet, knees and elbows.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Use a humidifier indoors
  • Try not to lick your lips frequent, the saliva from your lips can strip your lips of moisture, instead use a moisturizing lip ointment.

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