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Tips to Keep Dry Skin Moisturized during Winter

Update Date: Jan 07, 2013 05:59 AM EST

While the winter season is the best time to wrap oneself in cozy comforters and sit along the window with a hot cup of coffee looking outside and admiring the snow fall, dry and itchy skin along with chapped lips can really ruin such a wonderful experience.

Skin dryness comes along with winter and experts warn that washing hands too many times a day to prevent the spread of germs can take a toll on the skin, leaving it extremely dry and itchy. Also, experts warn of drinking too much coffee and alcoholic beverages, which can lead to dehydration.  

"As the temperature is low and the heater is on, the indoor air gets dehydrated and your skin loses moisture from the environment," said Dr. Michelle Tarbox, a dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University, in a medical center news release.

"Water always moves downhill, even on a microscopic level, and when the level of moisture in the air drops due to the heating process, it practically sucks the water out of your skin."

According to Tarbox, the following tips should help keep skin hydrated during the winter season:

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