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We often associate dry skin with summer but it's also a common problem in the cooler months.

"Winter climate is drier by nature, and add central heating into the mix, and your skin will be much drier than it is in summer," Lanolips creator Kirsten Carriol says.

"You're also moisturising your legs and arms less as they are not on show, so they suffer."

During winter, Ms Carriol suggests drinking more water, swapping to a moisturising foundation, applying a rich night cream and remembering to moisturise after your shower before your skin is completely dry.

She recommends using a very rich body cream, like Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Triple Buttermilk Body Balm, on arms and legs.

Clinique dermatologist David Orentreich says winter weather can compromise the skin's function as a barrier.

"One of the skin's barrier functions is to retain moisture. Dry air (heated homes, planes) and wind (increases evaporation of water and leads to wind-chill factor) can all compromise its function," Dr Orentreich said.

Surprisingly, he says there's no net change in the amount of oil the skin produces in the winter and summer.

"In warm humid months, oil becomes more fluid and flows more easily out of the pores. There is also an increase in perspiration, which acts as an emulsifier, allowing oil to spread easily over the skin," he says.

"(In winter) oil becomes waxier and has more difficulty flowing out of pores. It does not spread easily over the skin, thereby sealing in moisture."

He says that without customised cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising, the amount of time it takes our skin to naturally shed can increase, leading to a dull complexion.

The West Australian

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