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Winter Skin Care Secrets From The Pros

Top dermatologists and other experts share tips on how to protect your skin from the elements.

If you believe the groundhog's prediction last week, we're in for a whole lot more winter. And while another month of snow sports and cozy nights by a fireplace doesn't sound too terrible, most of us in cold climates could do without the mayhem the season causes for the body's largest organ—your skin.

You're probably familiar: no matter how much moisturizer you slather on, your skin still maintains Sahara-level dryness. Blame it on a combination of factors. Elemental irritants like wind play a part, but the main culprit is indoor heating and the drastic atmospheric change it creates. "While the humidity outside may be as high as 60 or 70 percent, the inside humidity is in the 15 to 20 percent range," says Jeffrey Dover, a dermatologist at SkinCare Physicians in the Boston area.

Since you probably won't abandon your thermostat anytime soon (and we don't blame you), we turned to five skin care experts—in some of the country's colder locales—for advice on how to combat the parch.