MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Cold weather is just around the corner, and with that sometimes comes dry skin. Dry skin isn’t only uncomfortable, it can possibly lead to other problems, such as eczema.

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On Wednesday morning, dermatologist Dr. Malinee Saxena appeared on WCCO This Morning to talk about how to keep your skin healthy in the upcoming months.

First and foremost, it’s important to moisturize. Using a topical lotion or crème “head to toe, every day,” Saxena says. Those who deal with dry skin often may want to consider moisturizing from September through May, which are generally the drier months in Minnesota.

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It sounds like an urban legend, but you should lightly pat your skin dry after showers and baths, not rub away. Saxena says you should moisturize right after drying off.

Vitimins A, C and E are all very helpful in fighting skin dryness, also. You can find them in both pill and topical forms.

Saxena said that foods also play a big role in determining your overall skin health. She recommends eating “a rainbow of colors.” Enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables. Some of them contain antioxidants, which can curb skin damage.

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Beyond food, many of the other things you do to maintain your general body health can also help you keep your skin healthy. Don’t smoke, make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and wear sunscreen when you’re outside for long periods of time — yes, even during winter months.