Protecting your skin from winter

The cold, dry winter air can be rough on anyone's skin, especially those who suffer from psoriasis- a skin disorder in which the body's own immune system becomes overactive and attacks normal tissues.

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Cold air has an extraordinarily low moisture content, which can steal moisture from the skin, so be sure and protect yourself this winter by covering up outdoors.

Layer up and use moisturizers before you go outdoors.

Indoors, cut down on those long hot showers. Experts say they strip natural oils from the skin.

Also use a thick, fragrance-free body cream after showering, and make sure you are using the right soap. Switch to a moisturizing soap and ditch the scented body wash to avoid itchy winter skin.

And a reminder, just because it's winter and less daylight doesn't mean you shouldn't be using sunscreen.