Cold air and low humidity in winter can take a toll on skin. The January issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter offers these suggestions for protecting skin:

Use mild, super-fatted or glycerin soaps.

Bathe fast; keep baths and showers to no more than 10 to 15 minutes and use lukewarm water. Pat your skin with a towel, leaving it moist. Don't rub.

Apply moisturizer while your skin is still wet. Cream is better than lotion.

Maintain humidity in your home.

If these remedies don't help, contact your doctor. You might have eczema or dermatitis, skin conditions that cause swollen, reddened skin.