To many of us, air-conditioning is essential for surviving the sweltering summer weather

Unfortunately, the side effect of staying cool and comfortable is that our skin can often feel dry when exposed to air-conditioning on a regular basis

The primary function of an air conditioner is to remove humidity or water vapor from the air, condense it, and produce cool air

Dr. Rossi recommends focusing on humectants, an agent found in many types of moisturizers that traps and holds moisture on our skin

Staying hydrated is also important. "Drinking more water on a regular basis will help to moisturize your skin from within," Dr. Mack says

Since air conditioners remove humidity from the air, all three dermatologists agree that using a humidifier to help alleviate dryness in the air

It adds moisture to the air and helps to create a pleasant atmosphere. Of course, keep your humidifiers and air conditioners clean to avoid the growth of bacteria

Plants contribute to increased air humidity by evaporating water from the soil to the leaves, a process known as evapotranspiration