(CBS) - The cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, making it red , dry and painful. But there are some things you can do stop the winter from weathering your skin.
Doctors say the number one way to combat dry winter skin is to moisturize several times a day, especially after bathing.
They also remind you that sunscreen isn't just for summer. Dr. Monica Halem of New York-Presbyterian Hospital says even on a cloudy winter day sitting indoors, the ultraviolet radiation comes through the window.
If you do want some color in the winter, Halem says consider self tanning creams or lotions, but stay away from the tanning salon.
When it's bitter cold out most of us pull out the winter hat and gloves, but some fabrics like wool can actually irritate over-dry skin, even if the material doesn't normally bother you.
For severely dry skin, you might even consider using Vaseline to moisturize. Also, limit using hot water and soap and keep those humidifiers running.
One more tip is to try taking a vitamin D supplement. Doctors say it's crucial to maintaining healthy skin all year around.