As this winter weather keeps dragging on, our skin pays the price. Cracking, itching, peeling and even bleeding are a few common issues that come from exposing your epidermis to the elements—and they all trace to one root cause: dryness. Z. Paul Lorenc, M.D., of Lorenc SkinFit MediSpa in New York City shares more ways to prevent dry, cracked skin on winter runs.
Hide Your Hands
Gloves are an absolute must for cold-weather runs. While it may make your mittens a bit sticky, moisturizer works best when slathered on before slipping your hands inside. Pre-run, try Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($5, neutrogena.com). For extra repair, take a pair of cotton gloves to bed as well, layering first with a heavier moisturizer. G.M. Collin Hand and Nail Repair Cream ($24, skin1.com) contains botanical extracts to replenish and protect the skin’s moisture barrier.