How to prevent dry, damaged skin this winter

December 27, 2012 5:20:37 AM PST
Winter's chilly temperatures not only take their toll on people's moods but it is notoriously tough on people's skin as well.

Dryness and cracking of the skin, especially on hands and fingers, can lead to swelling and eventually infection if left untreated, according to experts at the American Academy of Dermatology.

The experts recommend that people use moisturizer, without perfume or alcohol in it, and shorten showers and baths since hot water also dries out the skin.