The 6 Biggest Mistakes People With Dry Skin Make

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
The season of dry skin is upon us and many people, no matter their skin type, will be experiencing the harsh and visible side effects of arid, cold air.
But, what exactly is dry skin? Your skin has a moisture barrier made of natural lipids that keep moisture in and irritants out. When this barrier is damaged, it creates tiny, invisible cracks in the skin that allow essential moisture to escape (causing dryness and flakiness) and irritants to enter more easily (often causing even sensitive skin products to inflame the skin). Here are my expert tips for repairing dry skin so it can be soft, smooth, and calm even during the cold months ahead.