4 tips for protecting your skin during winter

The temperature drop could make anyone susceptible to dryer skin. Time to switch up your skin care routine.

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Fall and winter are not the best time to slack off on moisturizing
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Between the temperature dropping outside and the heat being cranked up indoors, the seasonal battle against dry skin has begun. Keeping your skin moisturized is essential year-round, but the dry fall and winter air make doing so especially difficult this time of year. 

Your skin's job is to "keep the inside world in and the outside world out," Dr. Brittany Craiglow, dermatologist and associate adjunct professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, told The New York Times. The lipid barrier, the outermost layer of skin composed of fatty compounds, helps keep hydration and germs and toxins out. When the air gets drier, moisture is pulled from that layer, impairing skin cell turnover and leading to dry and flaky skin, Dr. Craiglow noted.

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