Stay moisturized

Tips for avoiding dry skin as cold weather sets in

When cold weather hits, our first reaction is to turn up the heat in our homes. But be warned—low temps and low humidity, combined with furnace-sourced heat, can make your skin dry. Here are some tips for staying moisturized this winter:

Up the humidity: Humidifiers—either the portable kind or ones built into home-heating systems—put moisture in the air that your skin and hair will absorb.

Use oil-based moisturizers: Ointments and heavy creams help keep water in the skin when the humidity takes a dip.

Bathe less frequently: Frequent hot showers or baths strip the skin of natural oils, so cut back a bit and use warm water instead of hot.