6 Surprising Skin Parchers

Do you know what's drying out your skin? (8 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Sep 18, 2012 at 5:26PM

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6 Surprising Skin Parchers

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Electric Blankets

Sure, an electric blanket can make your bed nice and toasty on cold winter nights, but the dry heat it produces will suck the moisture right out of your skin while you’re sleeping, says Barbara R. Reed, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. Keep cozy with layers of soft blankets made of fleece or cotton -- wool’s scratchy texture will irritate chapped skin. Running a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom will also help skin stay hydrated while you snooze.

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