Utah may not have as much snow as usual this year, but it's not lacking in cold, dry air.
Extreme temperature changes during the winter months can wreak havoc on the skin, causing dryness, chapping, cracks, windburn and even sun damage, especially in winter sports enthusiasts.
"More than anything, it's the lack of moisture," said Dr. Chad Tingey, a dermatologist and surgeon at the Ogden Clinic. "The dryness takes away some of the moisture that your skin secretes to protect itself."
After a while, Tingey said, the dryness overwhelms the skin and it begins to itch, burn and turn red in response. This is easily treated by replacing the barrier on your skin with heavy moisturizer.