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How can I protect against dry skin during winter?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
To protect against dry skin during winter prevention is best. As soon as the season starts to change apply a moisturizer on your hands and lips several times a day. Good moisturizers are not greasy and contain a special type of lipid called ceramides, along with fatty acids and even cholesterol. Don't be offended by fats and cholesterol -- unlike inside your arteries, on your skin they are good for you.

If you do wind up with dry skin, step up the frequency of your moisturizer, and increase the humidity of your house. An inexpensive and healthy way is to fill your home with houseplants.

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