Winter Skin Survival Guide

Dermatologist Doris Day M.D. shares secrets to keeping skin beautiful when the weather gets ugly (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Oct 5, 2010 at 1:06PM

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Winter Skin Survival Guide

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Cracked Fingers

The same wet/dry combo that wreaks havoc on our lips when it’s cold outside can also lead to dry, cracked fingers; though we’re partly to blame ourselves, says Day. “We tend to overwash our hands in the wintertime because we’re so afraid of catching a cold,” she says. “When you wash your hands too much you’re stripping away the outer layers of skin and stripping away the natural oils.” The result is a damaging loss of moisture in our hands. She doesn't suggest you skip the handwashing, but make a habit of applying a moisturizing lotion afterward and wearing gloves when you’re outside to hold in that hydration.

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