Winter causes many different issues that include dead car batteries, slippery sidewalks and sickness, but it also can have an effect on your skin. 

There is an endless amount of moisturizers, hand creams, and products that say they help dry skin, but Pharmacist Pat Doyle from Anderson Drug explains so key patdoylePharmacist Pat Doyleingredients to look out for.

"Something with mineral oil, or any glycol, that kind of things, anything that is oil based. They form a protective layer on our skin that helps us retain our own moisture."

According to Doyle, dry skin and cold weather go hand in and hand and should be treated immediately.

"It just progresses and then it turns raw. Then you are scratching it too much and start to remove that skin barrier which is our first line of defence to any infection. It is best to treat the skin and there are products out there designed to treat itchy skin specifically, such as oatmeal. It is very good for itchy dry skin."

Cold weather is usually the culprit when it comes to dry skin, but your office or home heating system may also play a part.

"Usually with coldness, the relative humidity really drops. Not only does the humidity drops, but we also have forced air through heating whether it is a boiler. That also contributes to the relative humidity and causes it to drop. That is what causes dry skin," concluded Doyle.

Doyle urges the public to find a happy medium between staying warm and taking care of your skin.

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