At this time of year, hands may be red, rough, and raw, and skin may feel itchy and uncomfortable
Dry skin occurs when the skin does not retain enough moisture,
for example, because of frequent bathing, use of hard soaps, aging, or certain health issues… Wintertime poses a special problem because the humidity is low both outdoors and indoors, and the water content of the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) tends to reflect the level of humidity around it.
Maintain humidity in the skin
Think of skin cells in the epidermis as an arrangement of roof shingles held together by a “glue” rich in lipids that keeps skin cells flat, smooth, and in place. * Water loss accelerates when the glue is loose due to sun damage, excessive cleaning, washing, or underlying medical problems-Orr through low winter humidity and drying effects of indoor heat.
The result is roughness, flaking, itching, cracking, and sometimes a burning sensation.