Solutions for dry, winter skin

Dry skin is a problem many people face, especially those living in the midwest. Due to colder temperatures outside, people turn to dry heat indoors.

Dr. Cynthia Mayfield, a dermatologist at the South Bend Clinic at Inwood, says to avoid dry skin, use moisturizer. Dr. Mayfield recommends thick, cream rather than runny lotion.

Here are more ways to avoid dry skin, according to Dr. Mayfield:

-Use a non-soap, liquid cleanser instead of bar soap.
-Keep a humidifier set between 30 and 40 in the room you spend the most time.
-Only wash the face with soap once, rinse for the 2nd time.
-Use sunscreen everyday, even in the winter.
-Wear hats and gloves to protect skin that is exposed outside, to prevent wind burn and chapped skin.
-Use lipbalm and chapstick with sunscreen.
-Men should moisturize after they shave, and make sure the skin is wet before using a blade.
-Wear latex gloves when washing the dishes.

If a skin problems persist, it could be a sign of exzema. Experts recommend you see a doctor.

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