You’d be surprised. Beyond the usual causes of tight, itchy skin, there are other unexpected factors that rob you of moisture during the winter. Gina Way gives the inside scoop in how to protect your skin from drying out.

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“People tend to go overboard cocktailing line-softening products like retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C, and this leads to irritation,” says Washington, DC, dermatologist Noëlle Sherber, MD.

Noëlle S. Sherber, M.D., F.A.A.D.