Dry skin, frizzy hair, and splitting nails go hand in hand with dashing from the bitter cold outdoors into the dry heat indoors.
Some area experts have offered some simple tips for fighting back.
"When going from the cold outdoors to the warm inside dry air, it's important to moisturize daily, especially after a bath," Monica Armstrong said.
Armstrong is a family nurse practitioner who works with Dr. Kimberly Skaff, an area dermatologist.
The best advice for winter-ravaged skin is to handle it with care.
Shortening bath or shower time and lowering the temperature of the water can help, Armstrong said, as well as gently patting your skin dry afterward and applying a fragrance-free moisturizer.
Moisturizers that have added fragrance can trigger an allergic reaction in some people and lead to skin rash and itching, she said.
Armstrong said some good skin moisturizers are Vaseline, Aquaphor and Cetaphil.
You might be worried about germs and viruses, but Armstrong suggests staying away from hand sanitizers because these can be drying to the skin. A better option is to wash thoroughly with soap and water and then follow with moisturizer.
When skin cracks around the nails, apply a good moisturizer at bedtime and cover nails with bandages or cotton gloves while sleeping.
For dry hair, use a good conditioning rinse, she said.
Hair stylist Tammy Bolland and aesthetician Lyla Woodward are co-owners of The Palm Salon & Spa at 110 Capitol St. in Charleston, and they're seeing plenty of clients who are fighting frizzy hair and dryness these days. Clients are opting to visit the salon for treatments that replenish the hair.
However, using a hydrating deep conditioner at home can help, Bolland said.