How To Treat Dry, Cracked Hands

Dry hands are an incredibly common problem in the winter.  When the air is cold, moisture in our skin is more likely to evaporate, leaving our skin dry.  The dry skin is prone to chapping, irritation and cracking.  Our hands take a beating because we wash them often and because they are often uncovered and exposed to the winter air. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your hands healthy this winter.

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Should I Use Sunscreen In The Winter?

My patients sometimes look at me funny when I tell them to wear sunscreen in the winter.  Maybe it's because I live in Canada, where winters are long and harsh, and are characterized by none of the sunny weather that one might associate with sunburns and skin cancer risk.  And yet, dermatologists in northern climates usually recommend daily sun protection, even in the winters.  What are the reasons for this?

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Does Moisturizing Prevent Wrinkles?

Does using a moisturizer prevent wrinkles?  The internet is full of stories of women who have used one brand or another's moisturizer for decades and have aged gracefully. Unfortunately, the notion that moisturizers on their own prevent wrinkles is a myth (these women were likely genetically blessed). Unless your moisturizer contains sunscreen or other active ingredients that are known to mitigate skin aging, it alone will not prevent wrinkles.

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