Tips for healing dry winter skin

young girl moisturizing her skin

Don’t let dry skin stop winter fun

There’s a lot that makes this time of year great. Some of us like to bundle up and enjoy an oyster roast. Others want to read a book by the fire. Whether you enjoy the great outdoors or staying cozy inside, winter weather can take a toll on your skin.

“It’s common for people to experience dry winter skin. It’s cold outside, and the air lacks the moisture our skin needs to stay healthy. It’s important to have a skin care plan that responds well to harsh winter elements,” says Dr. Lee Yarbrough, a dermatologist with Charleston Dermatology.

The causes of dry winter skin  

Your skin produces natural oils to stay hydrated. Even though your skin makes its own protection, winter weather may break it down. How does that happen?

You may be surprised to know that many of the causes of dry winter skin are part of your daily routine. The most common reasons your skin suffers during the season are:

Signs of dry winter skin

Dry winter skin may have a variety of symptoms. Know the signs to look for:

Dr. Yarabrough says that dry winter skin with open sores can lead to a bacterial infection. Watch for things like swelling or yellow crusts on your skin. If your dry skin doesn’t improve, call your doctor.

How to treat dry winter skin 

Making simple changes to your routine can soothe dry winter skin. Here are some of the best ways to treat and protect dry skin in the winter:

When to see a doctor

Roper St. Francis Healthcare wants you to enjoy winter while keeping your skin healthy. If home remedies don’t heal your dry skin or you develop an infection, see a doctor.

To learn more or to make an appointment, visit or call (843) 402-CARE.