Winter weather is notorious for being unkind to lips and skin — hello, extra-ashy elbows and tubes of lip balm in every purse and pocket. But as it turns out, chilly temperatures and dry, moisture-zapping air can be a real mother for your scalp, too.

“Under all that hair, the scalp is skin like the rest of your body,” board-certified dermatologist Robyn Gmyrek, MD, of Union Square Laser Dermatology tells Refinery29. “In the winter, when we are going from the cold outside to the dry heating inside, our scalp skin can get dried out.”

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