DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Cold, harsh conditions can often lead to skin that is very dry and even cracks.
Dr. Angelo Mancuso says some winter time behaviors make it worse.
"And when it's cold, we love to take hot showers. And we not only love to take them - we like to stay in there a long time, and that adds to the problem," he said.
He says one key is water and hydration. "Not only hydrating the body itself, by drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water a day... Your shower should be lukewarm, less than 10 minutes. You're in and out. I always recommend using a nice bar soap, something that has a moisturizer," he added.
He advises to look for moisturizers such as Cetaphil cream and soaps that include sesame seed oil.
Dr. Mancuso says there are some products to avoid.
"Now if you put on medications that have that anti-itch (ingredients), that will make the problem worse," he warned.
Shaving can also be a problem if followed by using a product with alcohol or witch hazel.
Mancuso says to also pay attention to your feet during the winter,
"The more feet not dried properly, bacteria, fungus, yeast will develop and it also can effect the toenails. Dry off properly is the name of the game," he said.