A: “Changes of season can bring about a lot of skin changes,” says Dr. Caroline A. Chang of Dermatology Professionals in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. If you know which seasons or times of year you get dry and cracked skin, then be proactive with prevention, Chang suggests. “Moisturize nightly with a thick ointment,” she says, “and leave a tube of hand cream next to each sink so you can moisturize after hand washing.”

When choosing a moisturizing ointment or salve, look for reparative natural ingredients, including olive oil, beeswax and calendula. The antihistamines in over-the-counter allergy medications may alleviate symptoms for some people, but not others. If you don’t get results from moisturizing and allergy meds, speak to a dermatologist.