November 03, 2010
Our skin is an amazing organ. It holds miles of nerve endings that help us feel and it keeps our body temperatures regular by doing things without us even having to tell it to.
But even some of the greatest things our skin does aren't enough to keep us cool in the summer or warm in the winter.
During the winter months when the air is much drier than in the summer, the moisture that usually keeps our skin healthy and soft is wicked away. Our body makes an oil from glands in our skin that keep the outermost layer of skin nice and moist, which keeps this layer of skin from drying out. According to the University of Iowa's Hospital and Clinics Department of Dermatology, when the moisture on the surface of the skin is sucked up by dry winter air, normal activities like using soap reduce the amount of oil in the skin, so that outer layer of skin shrinks. When it shrinks, it cracks and the layers of skin underneath are exposed, causing dry skin and itching.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your skin feeling nice and smooth.
Chapped and dry lips are a common skin problem during the winter months. But there are a few helpful steps you can take to keep your smackers supple and smooth.
Probably the first place you'll notice the effects of cold winter weather is on your hands. And like the rest of your body, your hands keep their moisture with the help of the oils in your skin. The general advice for hands over the winter months is to wash them often to avoid getting colds and the flu. All that hand washing can lead to dry and cracked hands, which can be annoying and downright painful. But you can take steps to keep your hands in great shape.
Sometimes your body's first line of protection needs a little protection of its own. With these tips, you can keep your skin supple, strong and ready for winter's worst.
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